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Sports and Physical Education at Glendower


The importance of female role models in schools, especially within the field of sports and physical education, cannot be overstated. Glendower Preparatory School recognises the profound impact that strong female figures can have on shaping the aspirations, confidence, and achievements of young girls. Through dedicated physical education programs and the presence of inspiring female mentors, we aim to cultivate a culture where girls thrive and excel in both sports and life, and this is something we are so proud of.

One of the key benefits of having female role models in sports is the empowerment they provide to young girls. When girls see women succeeding in various athletic pursuits, they are more likely to believe in their own abilities and pursue their passions without inhibition. This is only made stronger when they can see themselves in the people succeeding. Female role models serve as living proof that gender is not a barrier to success in sports, instilling a sense of confidence and self-assurance in young girls as they navigate their own athletic journeys.

Consider the achievements and professionalism of both Simone Biles, the celebrated American gymnast, and the England Women’s Football team. Simone Biles has captured the hearts of millions with her extraordinary talent, determination, and resilience. As the most decorated gymnast in World Championship history, Biles has shattered stereotypes and redefined what is possible in the world of gymnastics. Her unwavering dedication to her craft and fearless pursuit of greatness inspire girls around the world to dream big and pursue their goals with unwavering determination.

Similarly, the England Women’s Football team has emerged as a beacon of inspiration for girls who aspire to excel in what has historically been a male-dominated sport. With their remarkable achievements on the international stage, including reaching the final of the Euros and also the semi-finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, these talented athletes have captivated audiences and ignited a passion for football among girls of all ages. Through their skill, teamwork, and resilience, they have shattered barriers and paved the way for future generations of female footballers to thrive on and off the field.

By showcasing the remarkable accomplishments of athletes like Simone Biles and the England Women’s Football team, we aim to inspire our pupils to pursue their passions and embrace the limitless possibilities that await them in the world of sports. Through their dedication, perseverance, and commitment to excellence, these role models exemplify the values of hard work, determination, and sportsmanship that we strive to instil in our girls at Glendower Preparatory School.

Physical education plays a pivotal role in providing girls with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to lead healthy and active lifestyles. Beyond the development of physical fitness, PE classes at Glendower Preparatory School emphasise important values such as teamwork, resilience, and determination. Female teachers and coaches serve as mentors and advocates, guiding girls through challenges and celebrating their achievements every step of the way.

Furthermore, participation in sports and physical education has numerous benefits that extend beyond simple athletics or competition. Research has shown that regular exercise improves academic performance, enhances mental well-being, and promotes lifelong habits of physical activity. By prioritising physical education and providing access to positive female role models, we equip our pupils with the tools they need to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.

More specifically, even within the first few months of the year, our girls will be able to experience:

  • Netball Matches (both Interhouse and against other schools)
  • Football Tournaments and Matches
  • Gymnastics Displays
  • IAPS Ski Championships (in Italy)

All this sits alongside our robust PE curriculum and programme of extra-curricular activities and clubs throughout the week. What better way to reinforce our ultimate aim to encourage teamwork, collaboration, physical and mental health, so that our girls go on to become the gamechangers we know they can be.


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