Director of Sport, Mr Tom Walter
“It is a privilege to oversee the sports programme at Queen’s and I am extremely fortunate to have a highly dedicated, motivated and capable team to assist in the delivery of the programme. We offer sport to every pupil with the overall aim of developing healthy, capable and resilient young athletes, while achieving inclusive, sustainable and enjoyable participation. We understand that to enjoy sport, our pupils need to experience success in an exciting environment and our sports programme offers every opportunity for this through outstanding coaching. We also pride ourselves on having an adaptable programme, so that we are constantly challenging ourselves to deliver the best programme possible. We measure our success by how many of our Old Queenians still pursue an active lifestyle when they leave the College, whether that is with the understanding that regular exercise is essential for a healthy lifestyle, or participating in competitive sport at any level. Every student has their own personal best, and it is our job to help them achieve it!”
“To develop healthy, capable and resilient young athletes, while achieving inclusive, sustainable and enjoyable participation. Students will experience success at all levels of individual athletic ability.”
Why is Sport and Physical Activity so Important?
- Physically active students perform better in school than their inactive peers due to improvements in cognitive functioning and memory, leading to increased academic performance
- Physical health benefits include improvements in general motor skills, functional fitness and physiological health
- Mental health benefits include Improvements in self-esteem, body image and mood, resilience and initiative
- Social health improvements include community cohesion, teamwork and positive relationships.
In summary, the Queen’s College PE Department wishes to:
OFFER – A diverse programme alongside quality coaching, which enables all pupils to discover a sport that they love.
INSPIRE – Creative and physically literate athletes, allowing all pupils to challenge and achieve their own personal best.
CREATE – A lifelong love of sport through enjoyable participation and improving knowledge in how to pursue a healthy lifestyle.
We believe in early sports diversification and late specialisation. This ensures that a wider pattern of movements, skills and knowledge are developed, leading to well-rounded athletes who possess the movement strategies that are transferable across multiple sporting environments. A wider participation across a breadth of sports is beneficial for long term success, injury prevention and wellbeing.