Rydal Penrhos School

Sporting and fitness


Badminton is a popular sport and Years 10-13 can enjoy playing the game on a Monday accompained by Mr Stevenson. The club is open to all ages on Tuesday and the option to compete in the North Wales Badminton League is available for competitive players.


2011 has seen the introduction of the Equestrianism club into the Outdoor Education programme. Based at stables just outside St Asaph a group of pupils are learning all about horses from the saddling and mucking out through to different riding techniques in the indoor arena. It has proved to be a very popular club and has embraced pupils of all different riding abilities.

The Rydal Penrhos Equestrian team take part in regular Interschool show jumping challenges, often coming out as the victors. During the Easter break Year 11 pupil, Charlotte Rowlands competed for the school’s equestrian team in the Interschool Dressage competition held at Maelor Equestrian Centre, Flintshire and of course we are proud to have Georgia Wilson from Year 11 who has been awarded a place on a prestigious equestrian training scheme as part of the World Class Para Equestrian Development Programme, which trains young riders to compete at Olympic level.


Fives was re-introduced in 2009 and has gone from strength to strength, with pupils taking part in Fives practice on a Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at the School’s Fives courts. Pupils take part in Fives tournaments held throughout the UK, most recently travelling to Eton where a Year 9 pupil returning with a Runners Up medal. Find out more about Fives


Not taught as part of the sports curriculum, football is offered as an extra-curricular activity for pupils in years 11-13. There is a football session on Wednesday evenings between 5 and 6pm and on a Friday. Sixth form pupil Andy Welden is the current football squad captain who will guide the team through their upcoming fixtures.

'We take pupils to climb both on indoor walls and in the Great Outdoors'


Golf is built into the extra-curricular timetable with expert tuition provided by our long term resident golf professional, Rhodri Lloyd-Jones, who gives regular training sessions on Wednesday and Friday afternoons at our own state of the art short game area with driving nets and an AstroTurf green with bunkers and different challenge scenarios around the green. Pupils also have access to the facilities in their spare time and easy access to the region’s outstanding courses.

Gorge scrambling

Often part of the Weekend Activity Programme, pupils travel to Snowdonia to explore the gorges. A very popular activity. Groups have recently been into Cwm Idwal in search of some roped scrambling despite challenging circumstances and poor weather!


Hockey is played by both girls and boys at Rydal Penrhos. With a dedicated Astro on the School grounds, Hockey training takes places on Monday for Senior Boys and Tuesday for Senior Girls.
More about Hockey at Rydal Penrhos


Netball is a popular sport with pupils and is taught as part of the curriculum and with extra training available on a Monday from 4.25pm. The School has extensive Netball facilities, with three outdoor courts and one indoor court available. Numerous fixtures take place throughout theYear. More about Netball at Rydal Penrhos (Netball at Rydal Penrhos)”:http://senior.rydalpenrhos.com/sport/netball/


Rugby is a hugely popular and well established sport at Rydal Penrhos School. Rugby training takes place on a Tuesday and Thursday for pupils in Years 11 – 13 (non-Academy members) from 4.25pm until 6pm. Coaches Mike Leach and Phil Mather are both Level 3 WRU trained and Phil is now a WRU Coach Assessor. They are joined by coaches Ben Proudlove, Matthew Bennett, Tim Cashell and Julian Noad, as well as gap students with a keen interest in sports tuition. More about Rugby and Rugby Academy at Rydal Penrhos


We offer self-defence as part of the activities programme in years 7 to 10, with every child undergoing four one hour lessons a year. The classes were introduced in order to give pupils the opportunity to experience an exercise class which looks at control, discipline and confidence. The classes are taught by an external instructor under the supervision of the PE Department.


We have two squash courts on campus. The sport is taught as part of the curriculum in the Lower School, but all pupils can come and play on Tuesday in their lunchtimes and Wednesday evenings with the Squash Club.

Site information

Rydal Penrhos School
Pwllycrochan Avenue
Colwyn Bay
LL29 7BT

Tel: +44 (0)1492 530 155 (Senior)
Tel: +44 (0)1492 530 381 (Prep)
Fax: +44 (0)1492 531 872

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