Sport

Participation in sport is compulsory and all students are required to choose at least one sport per term.

Participation
Promoting high levels of participation in sport, Somerset College is dedicated to nurturing the fundamentals of enjoyment, teamwork, leadership and sportsmanship. Somerset College teams participate with success in an active fixture programme of summer and winter sports.

All students in Grades 8, 9 and 10 must participate in a major (or team) sport. The College enters a large number of teams into the local leagues, giving match opportunities to all teams, at all proficiency levels.

Please refer to our Policy on Steroid Testing.

Coaching
As so much emphasis is placed on participation, the College is committed to providing first-class coaching. Staff are encouraged to attend coaching and umpiring courses and to keep up to date with changes in the modern game, resulting in highly qualified coaches for all our teams.

Sporting Facilities
Play and practice of sport takes place at the College’s sporting facilities, all of which are of the highest standard and cater to a wide variety of interests.

These facilities include:
An Astroturf, a 25 meter swimming pool, two rugby fields, two cricket ovals, an indoor cricket facility, three grass hockey fields, six tennis courts, two squash courts, four netball courts and a multi-purpose indoor hall for indoor hockey, netball, and wall/rock climbing.

The College Rowing Club has the Eikenhof Dam at the Elgin Country Club as its home venue.

Boys’ Summer Sports Offered:
Cricket, Cross-Country, Golf, Indoor Hockey, Rowing, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, and Water Polo.

Girls’ Summer Sports Offered:
Cross-Country, Golf, Indoor Hockey, Rowing, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, and Water Polo.

Boys’ Winter Sports Offered:
Rugby, Cross-Country, Golf, Hockey, Squash and Tennis.

Girls’ Winter Sports Offered:
Hockey, Cross-Country, Golf, Squash, Netball and Tennis.

Students are encouraged to read the Daily Notice each day and to check the notice boards for team lists and notices.

To view the sports fixtures for the term, please refer to the event calendar.

Staff
Director of Sport – Mr Alwyn Brink
Head of Cricket – Mr David Hill
Head of Hockey – Ms Ainsleigh de Kock (girls) & Mr Jacques Grobler (boys)
Head of Netball – Mrs Maud  Xauka
Head of Cross Country – Mr Ludwig can Coppenhagen
Head of Rowing – Mr Bevan Stephens
Head of Squash – Mr Mark Engelbrecht
Head of Swimming – Mrs Louise van Zyl
Head of Tennis – Mr Ludwig van Coppenhagen
Head of Water Polo – Ms Ainsleigh de Kock
Head of Rugby – Mr James Beswick
Head of Golf – Ms Taryn Engledow

Administrative Assistant – Ms Joanne Gibson

Sports Office: 021 842-8036 (Senior School)