Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE opens our NEW Swimming Pool!

On 11 March, we were delighted to welcome English field hockey player and Olympic Gold and Bronze medal winner, Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE OLY, into school to officially open our new pool.

As part of our ongoing investment programme, the £1.8m renovation project has featured installation of a new roof, ceiling, lighting, diving blocks and a motorised pool cover. The poolside and the pool tank have been re-tiled and the pool plant has been replaced with state of the art boilers, pumps, air handling unit and filters.

Visiting school as a Squadkit Ambassador, Kate, was most impressed by our outstanding sport facilities and enjoyed a busy day packed with speeches and training sessions for the girls. Mrs Hubble said: “We are incredibly grateful to Kate for officially opening our new pool and delighted that she treated our girls to such inspirational talks and invaluable sporting advice. The girls are thrilled with their new swimming facilities and will be enjoying swimming lessons, swimming galas, synchronised swimming, water-polo and aqua aerobics.

We embrace sport at Northwood College. Working hard to consistently stretch and challenge our girls, we always aim to motivate and support them to be the best they possibly can.

We recognise the importance of promoting teamwork in school with all our girls taking pride in one another’s success and appreciating the value of collaboration. We also think it is vitally important to build resilience in our young women as we believe that strength of character is as important as academic success.”

Our school currently offers over 70 extra-curricular clubs per week with sport featuring heavily in the programme. A, B and C teams participate regularly in local league fixtures for swimming, aquathon, badminton, netball, hockey, football, cross country and athletics.

Our extensive sports offer includes netball, hockey, badminton, football, touch rugby, climbing, gymnastics, dance, athletics, tennis, handball, yoga, pilates, fitness, rounders, aerobics, golf and cricket.  Being a GDST school (Girls Day School Trust) allows us to participate in a host of sport rallies with their 24 sister schools across the country.

At the end of her visit, Kate concluded: “I had so much fun today – great to meet so many amazing staff and pupils who are so invested in getting the very best out of each other.”