Sports

Our students have a great success record in national competitions and our professional coaches will help you progress in your sport with exceptional training, nutritional advice, physiotherapy, sports psychology workshops and strength and conditioning programmes.

If you are looking to play Football, Rugby, Netball, Basketball or Hockey, you can sign up to take part in a two day pre-season camp in the August before you start college, this is a great opportunity to meet our coaches and other players. 

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Netball

The Netball Programme has 3 teams who compete in the AoC Sport Leagues, AoC Sport Cup and Somerset College’s League, as well as friendlies from September through to Easter.

We compete at the AoC Sport Regional tournaments alongside competing in county tournaments. We have represented Somerset at the Regional competition multiple times in the past few years, winning bronze medals in 2017/18.

In academic year 2023-24 the 1st team were runners up in the Somerset U19 cup. 

In academic year 2019/2020 a Huish player qualified for the AoC England Netball team and the Netball team were U19 County Schools Tournament Champions.

students playing netball

Hockey

The College has a superb reputation, as one of the top hockey playing Sixth Form colleges in the country, having achieved regular success at local, regional and national over the last decade.

The Women’s Programme regularly have over 60 applicants every year, whilst the Men’s Programme has one team. All compete in the AoC Cup, Somerset Colleges competitions, Somerset State School Hockey Cup and friendly fixtures from September through to Easter.

In December 2021 seven Huish players were selected for the AOC Sport England Colleges Hockey squad, the most representative of any college, and in 2022, our Mixed Hockey team took home silver medals in the AOC Sport National Championships and the Women’s team won silver in the AOC Sport National Knockout Cup.

Huish team playing hockey

Rugby

Women’s Rugby in the region has grown dramatically within recent years with multiple opportunities for the Women’s side to play.

They train twice a week and have regular fixtures on a Wednesday afternoon against local Colleges. They compete at the AoC Sport Regional Championships and Rosslyn Park 7s.

Men’s Rugby is run in partnership with Bristol Bears, delivering Rugby and Athletic Development programmes to support a substantial fixture list that runs from September to Easter.

Players of all abilities are welcomed with our squads competing in the AoC Sports Leagues, the National Schools Cup, as well as friendly fixtures against many high-quality Rugby programmes. Our Sevens schedule includes AOC Regionals/Nationals and Rosslyn Park.

Huish Rugby are proud to attract players from many local clubs and we work to support and understand the needs of Colts Rugby in Somerset and Devon.

We also recruit players from the Premiership Academy Pathway with a Rugby offer that supports their elite level journey.

Huish players are currently training and playing for Bristol Bears U18s, whilst others are representing their County.

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Football

The Men’s Football programme has a long standing relationship with Exeter City FC and is currently run by one of the Yeovil Town FC youth coaches. The growing links between ourselves and Huish Tigers FC offer opportunities to develop as a player, coach and match official.

Every year we enter 2 teams into the AoC Regional Leagues, AoC National Cup as well as into Futsal and 5 a side competitions. The team train twice a week and play the majority of their matches on Wednesday afternoons, there is also opportunity to make use of the strength and conditioning gym on site. Every year we enter the AoC Regionals with an opportunity to progress onto the Nationals in the summer term, testing ourselves against the best local and national teams.

In 2023 they were AOC National Knockout Cup Champions. 

The Women’s Football team have a reputation as one of the most committed teams to training and fixtures at the College.

The team compete in the AoC Sport League and Cup which provide a substantial fixture programme from September through to Easter. 5-aside and 7 a-side tournaments offer more fixtures and variety to the already comprehensive Football programme. Training is twice a week with regular games on a Wednesday afternoon.

In 2019 they were County Cup Champions for the third consecutive year.

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Basketball

The partnership with Huish Tigers allows young adults the opportunity to remain with the club from U12 through to Senior Level Basketball. Find out more about the Basketball Performance Programme on the Huish Tigers club page.

The Women’s Basketball programme has had a tradition of local, regional and national success over the last decade. The team have the opportunity to compete in the England Basketball Schools League and the AoC Sport Cup, as well as friendly fixtures.

Men’s Basketball runs two teams who compete in the AoC Sport League and Cup, Somerset Colleges tournaments and the Basketball England Dynamik Cup. 

Both the Mens’ and Womens’ teams won gold in 2022 and silver in 2023 in the AOC Sport National Championships. Also in 2023 the Men’s team were the U19 England Dynamik Cup Champions. 

 

Winners of the Dynamik Cup with their medals

Cricket

The Cricket season takes place early in the summer term. We utilise local facilities at Taunton Deane Cricket Club which are walking distance from the College.

The Women’s Cricket team is growing ever popular with a handful of friendly 20 over fixtures organised against the likes of King’s College, Millfield and Blundells.

The Men’s Cricket team aim to play 5 or 6 fixtures against local schools and colleges before the College exam period commences.

In 2023, Huish student Niamh Holland represented England in the U19 T20 World Cup in South Africa. 

In 2022 AOC Sport National Championships, Huish Mixed Cricket team earned the bronze medal.

Huish team playing cricket

 

Cross Country & Athletics

You will have the opportunity to compete across both Cross Country and Athletics at an Area, County, Regional and National Level with the seasons split – September to March – Cross Country, and March to July – Athletics.

Cross Country students have the chance to train once a week from September through to Easter with students using the session to keep fit and socialise. If you are a serious runner these sessions allow you to train hard and have personalised programmes put in place for you to improve.

Students train as a group as much as possible, doing a mixture of long runs/short runs/fartlek/intervals/speed on road and off road training. Sessions are then tailored to suit individuals, whether that is slightly shorter or longer routes/interval lengths etc.

The major opportunity for competition in Cross Country comes in the AoC Sport SW regional qualifiers. Athletes who do well will qualify for the AoC Sport National Championships.

At the championships they have the chance to compete against the winners from the other nine regions of the country. This is an event the College has traditionally done very well in, with a number of individuals gaining medals as part of the South West team in the last few years. In 2023 two runners achieved Silver medals. 

The Athletics season from March to April allows students to compete at the County Finals but also at the AoC SW Colleges meet in May. There are a mixture of events on offer that give you the opportunity to try both track and field by making the most of facilities at The Castle School and King’s College. Sessions take place twice a week throughout the summer after College.

Three Huish athletes represented Somerset in the South West Combined Events Championships in June 2021 earning Silver and Bronze medals. In 2022 two runners competed in the Cross Country event at the AOC Sport National Championships, helping the South West Women’s team to come away with a silver medal. Also in 2022, Huish student Seren Rodgers won Gold in the Under 20 Women’s Pentathlon event at the England Athletics Combined Events Championships and competed for Great Britain in Jerusalem at the European Under 18’s Championship. 

 

Students running

Racquet Sports

Badminton – You can pop in and play for fun or work hard to try and improve you game with advice from the Coach.

The main Badminton competitions of the year are the Somerset Colleges and AoC Sport SW tournaments, which offer Men’s and Women’s singles and doubles. There are opportunities to take part in Badminton during college hours or after college.

Tennis is played in the summer term with a few local fixtures organised, players also have the opportunity to compete in the Regional AoC tournament held in November.

On a competitive front our students have competed at Somerset Colleges and AoC Sport SW tournaments. If you do well at the AoC Sport SW Qualifiers, you will get the chance to represent the South West region at the AoC Sport National Championships.

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Volleyball

The Volleyball Programme welcomes players of all abilities, with many players trying the sport for the first time, quickly learning the basics to become competent players.

The team have achieved great success in the past with the Men’s Volleyball team winning the AoC National Plate competition in 2016. The team are extremely lucky to benefit through the expertise of former GB Athlete, Jurek Jankowski who delivers the weekly sessions.

In 2020 a Huish Volleyballer was selected for the U19 England Junior Volleyball squad and 7 players qualified for the South West Barbarians team.

Trampolining

Students have represented the College and in 2023 two students qualified for BGSA National Final. 

 

Equestrian

If you own a horse and are looking to represent the College at events you can join Huish Equestrian.

 

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