Cross-country running is a major activity of the spring term, with House Championships at all levels and inter-school meetings throughout the South West, mainly at inter and senior levels. A keen group of runners, known as the Puma Club, train throughout the autumn and spring terms.
A Senior Sports Day is held on the Brickfields all-weather facilities near the start of the summer term, with Junior Sports Day on the School Field near the end of term.
Teams compete at all age groups in the Plymouth Schools Championships.
At local level, College athletes are regularly selected to fill some 20 - 25 places in the Plymouth Team for the Devon Championships.
An U19 and U14 girls and boys teams take part in the Plymouth Schools Badminton League. Pupils also play in the individual Plymouth competition.
Pupils play competitively in the local schools league at under 19 level.
This is played mainly during the spring term, although the Devon Cup starts in the autumn term as well. Boys can begin to play hockey in Year 7, and there are school teams at under 12, under 13, under 14, under 15 and under 16, at second and first team levels. Occasionally there are also matches for a mixed XI. Training takes place in the Sports Hall or on the astro-turf, and use is also made of the astro-turfs at Bull Point, Manadon and Brickfields. In recent years Plymouth College has enjoyed considerable success, and has supplied players to both the Devon and the South West under 18 squads.
Plymouth College Canoe Club is primarily a racing club, competing in marathon races all over the South West. For the last twenty years we have finished in the top four clubs in the region, and have thus qualified for the national final. We also take part in sprint events at Nottingham, and have had two under 16 national champions. Canoeing takes place in the summer and autumn terms, training on the river Yealm and the river Plym. Plymouth College won the South-West Championship in 2007, retaining the trophy held since 1998.
The school continues to maintain and enhance its cricket reputation as one of the best cricket schools in the South West of England, playing sides such as Truro College (the Cornwall Cricket Academy), Blundell's, Clayesmore, Queens Taunton, Bryanston and the MCC. In 2011, we won our National Schools T20 group beating Sherborne, Canford and Bryanston. We have an annual cricket tour to Dorset for the 1st Xl and U13s, and hold a 1st Xl cricket festival at the end of the summer term.
Our 1st Xl are consistently successful and players regularly achieve county representation - Callum Cload, Pasi and Pavi Mawalage Devon U17s, Matt Kidd, Somerset IIs, Devon Under 19s, Devon Lions and in 2011 Devon CCC. Players regularly play for their clubs in the Devon Cricket League Premier and A Divisions, George Stephenson in outstanding form for Plymouth 1st Xl, whilst junior players play at county level, for instance Tom Dinnis Cornwall U13s, and excel in the West Devon and East Cornwall Youth Leagues.
James Burke, our most recent distinguished old boy, who was part of the England U19s squad, was under contract to Somerset County Cricket Club and last year was Devon CCC, the Minor Counties Champions, top run scorer.
We also run overseas development tours - the next one will be to Sri Lanka in July 2013.
Hockey is the girls major game and is played during the autumn term. The training takes place at Plymouth College on the astro-turf and in the school's sports hall. All of the home fixtures are played at Brickfields, Bull Point or Manadon astro-turf.
The College currently fields under 12, under 13, under 14, under 15, under 16, 1st and 2nd teams, all playing a comprehensive fixture list of approximately ten matches. Exceptions to this are the under 12s who participate in six/seven matches, as the first few weeks concentrate on introducing the game. The fixtures list comprises schools such as Blundell's, Kelly College, Stover and Devonport High School.
The squads have seen some considerable success with players representing Devon and training at County Centres of Excellence. In 2001 we toured Australia, followed by tours of Barbados in 2004 and 2007 - fantastic experiences for all concerned.
This activity supplements the Canoe Club. Instruction is available to gain BCU personal achievement awards up to 3 star. All necessary equipment is provided for each course.
This is coached and fixtures are played in the spring term. For all age groups practices run after school and fixtures are played on Wednesday afternoons, Saturdays and on weekday evenings. Teams are entered into all area, county and national schools tournaments.
Over the last twenty years, the College Fifteens and Sevens teams have become recognised as among the most consistent in the country and a significant force in the SW. The fixture list includes many of the South West's leading Rugby Schools. Our seven-a-side teams play in Hereford, Taunton, Brecon and Rosslyn Park. In recent years, the First XV have travelled further a field to play Llandovery College and Christ College Brecon, and in 2010 Plymouth College will play Kirkham Grammar and Bryanston for the first time.
In the last few years, two ex-Plymouth college boys have represented England A, four have gained Blues at Oxford or Cambridge and many have represented their county at senior level and played for some of the major club sides in the country. Will James, OPM, was capped by Wales during the last rugby world cup and numerous old boys play National League rugby both locally and around the country.
We have had eight U18 internationals and five at U16. The Devon Schools' sides consistently contain many Plymouth College boys. Sixth Former, Zac Cinnamond, plays for the U19 Irish Exiles. Former pupil, Henry Slade, is currently in the England U20s while Charlie Attis is in the U18 South West squad.
Each team throughout the school, from under 12 to the 1st XV, has experienced coaches. We are fielding eight teams this term involving more than 55% of boys in the school.
Tours are undertaken both at home and abroad. Our most recnt tour was to South Africa in July 2012.
Our most distinguished rugby playing old boy Paul Ackford represented England in the 1991 World Cup and added to the honours he had won for England and the British Lions.
This takes place on Wednesday afternoons during the summer term and the first half of the autumn term. Limited inter-schools team-racing fixtures take place on Saturdays. The club has access to five '420s', two 'Bosuns', Cheverton Launch, Dory and dinghy with outboard. Currently it is available only to Sixth Form students, due to timetable logistics, but frequently other members of the school help to make up teams for fixtures.
Teams: We have three teams in Devon Junior League (under 13,
under 15 and under 17). Opponents include both clubs and schools
(mainly independent) in Devon. The 1st V play matches against the
Jesters, a visiting team of club and country standard. The senior
squad enter the National Championships.
Facilities: We have two courts at school and squash practices are held during most lunchtimes. A house competition operates in the autumn and spring terms. Each year group play a league tournament from September to December.
The school is a member of the BSSA and has a 25 metre five-lane indoor pool suitable for galas and waterpolo. There are four swimming competitions held through the year. Boys and girls compete in matches against Blundell's, Exeter School, Truro, Sherbourne, Taunton and Kings. As a result of the successful partnership with Plymouth Leander, our elite swimming programme has many international swimmers including an Olympic gold medallist.
There are strong links to local tennis clubs, including
Plymouth's leading junior club.
Facilities: The school has three courts on the astro pitch.
Teams: A 1st VI (often mixed) plays a short season of matches against other independent schools.
Plymouth College pairs compete (at under 19 and under 15 level) in Devon Schools Cup and Plymouth Schools Cup. In recent years the under 15 boys have been runners-up in the Devon and winners of the Plymouth tournaments; the under 19 girls have twice won the Plymouth Schools trophy.
Practices: These begin in the second half of the spring term and continue throughout the summer term. A school singles and doubles tournament is held during the last few weeks of the summer term.
A visit to the Lawn Tennis Championships, Wimbledon is arranged most years.