PE lessons take place just a short bus ride away at the School's Rykneld Sports Centre (formerly Mackworth College playing fields) during the Spring and Autumn terms. This indoor space, the size of five badminton courts, gives opportunity for boys to be taught a variety of activities, including health related exercise, badminton, short tennis and basketball. The facilities are also available to hire by parents, friends and members of the public when the School isn't using them.
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During the summer term the pupils experience a range of athletic activities at the wonderful facilities at Moorways Stadium, running on the ‘proper’ tartan track that has hosted Britain’s finest athletes.
The School also owns over 50 acres of land near the old Pastures Hospital on the Mickleover Country Park estate, where it cuurently plays its rugby and cricket matches. The facilities are used for curriculum games lessons during the winter term, with extensive areas to develop pupils’ rugby skills. Matches are played on the 3 rugby pitches that are well looked after by the School’s ground staff.
During the spring term the School uses astro turfs at a variety of local sites to play hockey. The Junior School and years 7 to 10 use our own artificial surface at Rykneld Sports Centre to train and play matches. After school practices for all age groups also take place at our sports centre in the heart of Mackworth. On a Wednesday afternoon the 1st and 2nd team (years 11 to 13) travel down to Shobnall Sports Complex to use their astro turf facilities.
During the cricket term the School uses the facilities in the grounds of its Rykneld Road site, as well as the indoor nets at Rykneld Sports Centre, Mackworth. The boys use the practice nets to develop their batting and bowling skills and the Junior School play their matches on the astro turf pitch in front of the cricket pavilion. Senior matches are played over at Pastures, where the boys can enjoy playing on the grass track prepared by the experienced school groundsman.
The School has converted Rykneld Hall’s summer house into a fitness room, where a host of fixed and free weights, rowing machines and spin bikes, allow students to develop their cardio-vascular fitness and muscular endurance both for general health and helping towards their involvement in School sport.