Welcome to Woodham Sports Academy

Welcome to Woodham Sports Academy. School sport is about so much more than just physical activity. It is about developing the whole person: character, leadership and self-esteem as well as health and well-being. It is also about achievement. Those who take part in competitive sports do better academically.

Sport gives a structure to learning that can help in any subject. Our aim is for athletes to aspire and achieve, not just in their chosen sport, but in all aspects of their lives at Woodham Academy and beyond. We look forward to welcoming you to Woodham Sports Academy.


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Sports Academy – Lunchtime and After School

International Academy

The ladder of success is best climbed by skipping on the rungs of opportunity.” Ayn Rand Woodham Sports Academy provides many opportunities for students to travel. Annual visits, open to both girls and boys, include the snowsports course at Pila in the Italian Alps, offering professional tuition from Interski coaches in both skiing and snowboarding. Students also enjoy a range of lively après-ski activities.

Netball Academy

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” Mahatma Gandhi

Coached by Kim Hall, the Netball Academy gains a lot of interest across all age ranges. Teams are entered into the South West Durham Netball league where they face rival teams from across the region.

Training sessions work on developing skills for all positions as well as communication skills and opportunity to umpire. Open to all KS3 and KS4 students.

Dance Academy

Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration.” Rudolf Nureyev

Open to all students in KS3 and KS4 who enjoy dance and want the opportunity to improve and perform. Students that seek membership will go through a selection process to guarantee them a place in the Dance Academy.

Building upon the success the Dance Academy has experienced throughout the years, Woodham dancers continue to perform at multiple events and compete against other schools nationally. The Dance Academy has won the North East “Great Big Dance O” and was placed second in The North West. They have also performed at the Gala Theatre for their “Feet rst” showcase. Woodham Academy’s annual Dance Showcase allowsall dancers to demonstrate their amazing talents in performances and choreography to friends and family.

Dance Showcase

I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.” – Muhammad Ali

Woodham Academy are proud to present their annual Dance Showcase.

The Dance Showcase is a platform for our students to perform their amazing talents to an audience. It consists of a wide veriety of pieces choreographed by both staff and students.

The Dance Showcase is a fun filled evening, where the Dance Academy perform group pieces, that have been choreographed by Kay Clarey of Joanne Banks Dancers, Miss Aitken and Miss Kent. All coaches have had a vast background in many different styles of dance. Gymnastics Academy also perform as part of a display team, where complex tumbling, group balances and skills are combined with dance to create a dramatic routine.

Mountain Biking Academy

It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”- Sir Edmund Hilary

Woodham Mountain Biking Academy is open to students in all year groups. Participants will engage in a variety of activities.

On site, we have a number of short trails of varying di cultly where students can develop their riding technique. When students are competent enough and requiring a greater physical challenge, the group venture into the local community and on cycleways around the town. For those who are in search of more challenging technical terrain, there is the opportunity to go to Hamsterley Forest and experience the trails that are there.

Numbers at each session are limited due to ratios that need to be observed. Students are able to use their own bikes if the are deemed to be t for purpose although the school does have a selection of bikes, but numbers are limited. The mountain bike academy runs during British Summer time only.

Goal Keeping Academy

“For a goalkeeper, there is no hiding place.” – Brad Friedel

Woodham Goalkeeping Academy gives any current or aspiring goalkeepers the opportunity to work with and access professional coaching. Delivered by Andy Collett of Premier Player Football Academy.

UEFA A licensed goalkeeper coach Andy Collett made over 235 professional appearances for Middlesbrough, Bristol Rovers and Darlington. After retiring from the game Andy went into professional coaching working with goalkeepers at Darlington, Oldham Athletic, Hartlepool United and York City. Open to all students.

Football Academy

“If you are first you are first. If you are second you are nothing.”- Bill Shankly

Professional football coaching delivered by ex-professional footballers from Premier Player Football Academy and Woodham Assistant Headteacher, Liam Clough. Selective in all year groups.

UEFA A licensed coach Neil Maddison played for Southampton for 15 years and made nearly 200 appearances in the Premier League playing alongside great players of the era and household names such as Alan Shearer and Matt Le Tissier.

Girls Football Academy

A child comes to me with a spark of interest. I feed the spark and it becomes a flame. I feed the flame and it becomes a fire, I feed the fire and it becomes a roaring blaze.” – Cus D’Amato

Professional football coaching delivered by ex-professional footballers from Premier Player Football Academy.

UEFA A licensed coach Mark Proctor played for Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest making over 450 appearances as a professional, playing under Brian Clough, one of England’s greatest managers.

Woodham Girls’ Football Academy gives girls the same opportunity as boys to access professional coaching and to play competitively. Selective in all year groups.

Gymnastics Academy

Work transforms talent into genuis.” Anna Pavlova

Accessible to all students in KS3 and KS4, students have the opportunity to develop skills to perform and compete.

Woodham Gymnastics Academy has enjoyed many successes over the years and now regularly competes in regional and national competitions including indoor, vault and trampolining competitions.

Coached by Hannah Kent. Hannah started competing in gymnastics from an early age. During this time she enjoyed major success in competitions and festivals around the UK and Europe.

Handball Academy

Only those who can see the invisible can do the impossible.” – Frank L. Gaines

Handball is a very quick game that requires players to have good hand-eye coordination as it is a cross between basketball and football. Classed as a new sport, its popularity at Woodham Academy is growing as handball is taught as part of the PE curriculum.

Woodham Handball Academy is open to students in Years 7, 8 and 9 who enjoy handball or who want to try a new and exciting sport. Players will learn new skills that will improve spatial awareness, tactical appreciation, general fitness, throwing and catching skills. Woodham Handball Academy is coached by Liam Clough, Assistant Headteacher at Woodham Academy.

Boxing Academy

It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi

Coached by Paul Eddy from Seconds Out Boxing Academy. Open entry in Year 7, selective thereafter.

Paul is a Level 2 England Boxing coach and GB Tutor, he has enjoyed major successes in boxing over the past 20 years. Paul founded ‘Seconds Out’ Boxing Academy in 2012, prior to developing the state of the art gym he coached at Spennymoor Boxing Academy and was instrumental in developing the club over the past 10 years. Since forming ‘Seconds Out’ Paul has coached both male and female boxers to regional and national success.

“Boxing is a fantastic tool for discipline, respect and self-control. The aim is to transfer these skills from the gym into the classroom. There is no better sport than boxing for achieving this.” – Paul Eddy

Cricket Academy

A cricketer’s life is a life of splendid freedom, healthy effort, endless variety and delightful good fellowship.” – W. G. Grace

Coached by Durham County Cricket coach, Danny Morgans. Open entry Year 7, selective thereafter.

A talented cricketer in his own right, Danny made his debut for Darlington First Eleven at the age of 15. Through his late teens and twenties he was a regular in their 1st eleven playing alongside former Durham County players Andy Fothergill and John Glenenen in one of the most demanding amateur leagues in the country. Danny always had an interest in coaching and worked his way through the ECB coaching structure and on achieving the Level 2 award was quickly invited to work with Durham County Junior squads in 2001. Since then, Danny has regularly worked with elite junior county players as an age group lead coach, as well as overseeing the Durham County provision at district level for a number of years. Danny has also assisted a number of local clubs in junior development and he is widely regarded to be one of the most accomplished cricket coaches in the area. Currently Danny is working with Durham County under 17s squad, and was assistant coach when the team won the ECB National Championships.

Basketball Academy

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan

Coached by Durham Wildcats coach and Woodham Deputy Headteacher, Danny Morgans. Open entry in Year 7, selective thereafter.

Having coached successful school teams, with 13 Woodham players representing the North East Region at England trials at Lilleshall in 8 years, Danny was approached by Durham Wildcats Head Coach, Dave Elderkin, to work on their Junior National League Programme. Danny has worked as assistant coach for the men’s BBL team during the 2012-13 season. Danny has coached the Wildcats Under 16 team to the League Championships as well as coaching five Woodham school teams that reached at least the last 32 of the National Schools Tournament. Danny has also coached two players, who he first encountered as novices, who have been selected in a 20 player England squad, one of whom has played for England. During the 2013/14 season the U14 basketball team won a clean sweep of all County Durham and Durham Wildcats competitions.