Co-Curricular Sport at Marlborough College Malaysia
Physical activity and sport are integral to life at the College, providing essential opportunities for pupil development, outside of the classroom walls. The diverse array of competitive and non-competitive options available for pupils from Reception to Upper Sixth, ensures that there is something to suit the needs and abilities of everyone within our community. All pupils are educated about the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle and encouraged to foster positive relationships with exercise, which we hope will last a lifetime.
At Marlborough College Malaysia there really is an option designed to capture and cater for everyone. Our commitment to provide such an extensive and inclusive programme has been instrumental in creating a clear culture that promotes and celebrates both participation and performance in physical activity and sport, whilst developing key character traits that are often synonymous with success. A Marlborough education recognises that learning must extend far beyond the classroom; this truly holistic approach ensures our pupils are equipped to aim high, and achieve excellence, in the context of the wider world.
The sporting programme develops further in the Senior School and, as pupils gain experience, more choice becomes available for the two, weekly, 90 minute games afternoons. The major sports remain the same, with the inclusion of basketball for the boys. In addition to this, pupils have access to a health and fitness option, which caters for anyone wishing to improve physical endurance, in place of the sport specific sessions. We are proud to offer a valuable alternative that continues to promote the benefits of exercise and cultivate characteristics such as teamwork and perseverance. Most importantly, pupils are equipped with the necessary tools to maintain an adequate level of cardiorespiratory fitness, which is a vital indicator of overall health.
Competitive sport in the Senior School progresses and intensifies, as aspirational players and performance squads pursue excellence within our major sports. A programme of extra physical, technical and tactical based sessions become available to push elite performers and ensure that our top teams are set amongst the most revered schools in South East Asia. This effective formula has been the driving force behind a string of successes, and, subsequently, has built an impressive reputation of sporting excellence.
In the Prep School we are looking to develop strong athletes who are ready for a life-long love of sport. We aim to enthuse them through fun and games while instilling FUNdamental basic movements. From here we give the children opportunities to try different activities and they learn the key skills to perform. As they continue through the school we develop opportunities to compete against other schools and clubs both at home and abroad in a broad range of sports and games. Below are phases that we work through although the pupils will develop through these at their own pace. Our key sports are SWIMMING, Football, Rugby, Touch, Hockey, Cricket and Athletics with many development sports such as Basketball, Badminton, Cross Country and Climbing.
Phase 1 (Activate)
In Pre School to Year 2, we hope to instil an enjoyment of physical movement and develop the pupils physical literacy. Pupils are to progress through the fundamental skills in the table below through play and structured learning activities that are FUN.
Phase 2 (Discovery)
In Year 3 and 4 we hope to use their developed fundamental movement skills to play competitive sports. Initially, identifying specific skills, we will incorporate them into game play to develop game awareness and an understanding of sportsmanship.
Phase 3 (Progression)
In Years 5 and 6 we hope to focus on honing skills and developing match play. We continue to develop the basics with agility, balance and coordination at the heart of everything we do. This progresses into competitive fixtures and opportunities to try different sports.
Phase 4 (Train to compete)
In Year 7 and 8 the children will continue to development their movement skills and understand more about how their body works. Sportsmanship will be continued with the added principles of leadership. Competition in selected sports will be greater and excellence pushed in all disciplines.
Extensive space and unrivalled facilities have enabled the College to establish the prestigious Marlborough Straits Tournaments. These large scale events take place during each of our sporting seasons and play host to some of the best International schools and club teams from Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.
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