We strongly believe in providing opportunities for all children to enrich and develop their enjoyment and learning of physical activity and competitive sport beyond that of our daily curriculum and primary education.
We have established an expansive selection of sports-based extra-curricular clubs before and after school, covering all ages and abilities. Primarily, all our clubs seek to promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport, while embracing our Christian values and ethos.
Athletics club is a new addition to our clubs timetable for autumn 2017. It offers a great opportunity for children to receive expert coaching and learn new skills. Athletics provides a base for great fitness and a healthier body and encourages self-discipline, team work and other life skills needed to succeed as an individual.
Our two cricket clubs are led by an experienced coach from Hornsey Cricket Club. Children aged 7-11 enjoy developing a whole range of batting, fielding, and bowling skills in a positive and friendly environment.
The children focus mainly on Kwik Cricket – a fully inclusive game that emphasises participation and enjoyment. Games are played with a plastic bat and ball.
Many of our children develop their careers further by accessing coaching with the hard ball at nearby cricket clubs. There is also opportunity for children to access competitive cricket in events organised by Haringey and within the local school community.
Sword fencing has been part of our clubs programme for many years. Fencers from St Michaels have successfully represented the school at external competitions, and many former students have continued fencing with notable success, winning medals at national championships and representing their country internationally.
Fencing is a fantastic sport for young people. Children improve their hand-eye coordination, balance and dexterity. Fencing also encourages qualities such as courtesy, respect, concentration, tactical thinking, decision-making and fair play.
Our fencing classes are run by Fighting Fit Fencing. They supply all the equipment needed for full-metal Olympic-style fencing.
Children at St. Michael’s are passionate about football. We have three clubs to accommodate girls and boys of all ages and abilities. These clubs particularly focus on developing an awareness of the importance of achieving personal goals, working as a team, and fitness development within the game.
On Mondays children from Reception to Year 2 receive a positive introduction to the sport in a fun environment. They develop their skills under the expert guidance of a coach from Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.
On Thursdays and Fridays we offer expert coaching for Years 2 to 6 through our relationship with clubs organiser Soccer Revolution. These clubs focus on young footballers’ understanding and development of skill, technique, positioning, and how success is built on teamwork.
Girls can also access football development through the Girls’ Sport Club.
Club members can participate in football competitions organised across North London.
Girls’ Sport for Years 4 to 6 supports the Youth Sports Trust ‘Girls Active’ initiative. Its aim is to encourage girls to become more active and involved in sports. The club focuses on a range of sports including football, athletics, hockey and cricket.
We believe that girls who play sports have higher levels of confidence and self-esteem. Girls of all abilities are encouraged to develop a positive attitude to physical activity and enjoyment of sport and its long-term benefits. Our club seeks to provide the foundation to develop a positive body image and experience higher states of psychological well-being during the teenage years and beyond.
Girl’s Sport’s warm and friendly atmosphere encourages girls to gain confidence in sports often taught in mixed-gender situations within the curriculum. At the club, girls work collaboratively with peers and develop rapidly without inhibition. Furthermore, we encourage the girls to become role models within their school, setting up leadership groups that focus on how they could make PE and physical activity more appealing to their peers.
One of the most popular clubs at St Michael’s, we offer before-school gymnastics classes for children of all ages. Run by Tekne Gymnastics, these classes are a great introduction for aspiring gymnasts of all abilities. Children are taught in a fun environment with an emphasis on positive encouragement and reward.
Children are given the opportunity to test for British Gymnastic badges twice per year. Many make significant progress during their time at St Michael’s, successfully representing the school at competitions.
Little Yogies Yoga
Children live in a hurry-up world of busy parents, school pressures, incessant lessons, video games, and competitive sports. We may not think of these influences as stressful for kids, but often they are. The bustling pace of our children’s lives can have a profound effect on their innate joy – and usually not for the better.
Yoga can help counter these pressures. When children learn techniques for self-health, relaxation, and inner fulfilment, they can navigate life’s challenges with a little more ease.
Little Yogies is a new approach to children’s yoga. Classes are non-traditional and designed for children of the modern world and its stresses. It makes children smile from the inside out and teach them how to relax while having fun. Classes include music, cooperation games, yoga poses and visual imagery.
Netball Club is very popular at St. Michael’s. Led by an experienced, enthusiastic coach with a reputation for success in schools across Haringey, children are introduced to netball in a positive and encouraging environment. The emphasis is on basic skill development and having fun.
The rules of netball promote teamwork, and – as with many of our clubs – our Christian values are embedded in each child’s physical, healthy, social and cognitive development in preparation for adult life. Children’s strengths are identified and developed with players assigned to specific positions, which define their roles within the team and provide a sense of responsibility and belonging.
Netball Club members compete in a range of events through links with Highgate School and the local community, as well as competitions organised by Haringey Sport.
Tag Rugby Club welcomes girls and boys to a minimal contact team game. Player wear velcro belts with two tags attached to them. Attacking players attempt to dodge, evade and pass a rugby ball while defenders try to prevent them scoring by pulling a tag from the ball carrier.
The beauty of tag rugby is its accessibility for children of all ages and abilities. It promotes athleticism, quick decision-making and developing hand-eye co-ordination. In Years 3 and 4, the emphasis is on skills development. In Years 5 and 6, there is more focus on developing an understanding of teamwork and the rules of the game.
Tag Rugby Club members have access to a wide range of exciting competitions organised by London Skolars, Haringey, and against local schools. We also compete regularly at the New River Stadium in Tottenham, and have been involved in events at Wembley, and the Olympic Stadium. Each year, the club visits the Honourable Artillery Company sporting venue in the City where members may get to meet and watch stars of the adult game.
Tennis is a fantastic sport to improve your child’s coordination and agility skills. Our before-school tennis club provides an excellent introduction to the sport.
Coaches from Coolhurst Tennis and Squash Club provide mini tennis sessions (using smaller courts, nets and rackets and lower bouncing balls) that offer all the fun and energy of the real thing. Children learn the basic strokes and four main areas of the game: rally, serve, come to the net and compete.