SEAFORD College, Petworth, has extended its sporting opportunities with the introduction of a new Tennis Academy.
Although many schools, both independent and state, offer tennis as part of their PE curriculum, very few offer it as a major sport.
The College has recruited the services of experienced and successful tennis coach James Bird, who comes to the College from Colchester, to tutor students at the Saturday morning academy.
The college is also increasing opportunities for up and coming cricketers with the appointment of former Kent and England cricketer Min Patel, who will be providing coaching for both boys and girls.
Seaford College headmaster John Green said: “Tennis is a sport that can be played and enjoyed by all. The aim of the academy is to provide top coaching for all abilities but also to put Seaford firmly on the map as a successful coeducational tennis school.
“With regard to cricket, Min Patel will provide both excellent winter and summer cricket coaching, which will greatly raise the profile of cricket at the College. I am also keen for girls’ cricket to run as a major sport at Seaford.”
The school’s hockey coach Steve Paxton is assisting Min Patel with this exciting new venture.
Seaford College has some of the finest sporting facilities of any school in the South East. It was the first to have an all-weather water-based hockey pitch and also has an impressive 9-hole golf course with its own resident golf professional.
This term has seen some excellent sporting achievements and results, with a record number of pupils involved in competitive sport.
The senior girls’ hockey squad toured to Paris and, upon their return, won the 7 a-side tournament at Ryde. The boys’ senior hockey squad have also qualified for the South Regional Indoor Championship for the 10th year and the 1st XI hockey squad have been invited to a world event competition in South Africa next year.
Rugby at the College goes from strength to strength and the 1st XV have proved particularly strong taking part in the NatWest Cup.
The sporting changes are just one of the initiatives introduced by Mr Green since taking over as head in September. He has wasted little time in continuing to push Seaford College as one of the most popular providers of Independent education in Sussex, introducing a new management structure with two new Deputy Heads.
Mr James Passam has made a significant impact on the middle school [Years 9 – 11] by reviewing all academic structures and pastoral support procedures, while Mr Will Yates has been reviewing all matters of Sixth Form education.
Mr Green said: “These are exciting times for Seaford College, which now offers students more opportunities to develop their potential than ever before.”