At St James, there's plenty of sport for everyone who wants to get involved. Activities run before school, at lunch times and during afternoons after school on both a recreational and competitive basis. We have a very active Sports Department and much more going on than most schools of our size.
The department regularly enters both local and national competitions in football, basketball, netball, rounders, cricket and athletics. We have strengthened our links with the local clubs in Dudley and beyond and now offer additional satellite clubs in basketball and boxing on a weekly basis. St James Academy learners can come and participate on a regular basis and receive specialist coaching. Several learners have gone on to participate at club, area, county and in some cases national level. As well as our own playing fields, we have access to the fantastic 3G pitch at Dudley College and have football training held weekly by specialist staff on this superb facility.
We are very fortunate to work closely with our fellow Dudley Academy Trust schools and this has resulted in many additional opportunities such as Year 7 Football tournaments, Year 7-9 Tag Rugby tournaments, mixed age/gender basketball matches and of course our DAT Sports day which is held at the Dell Stadium.
Learners are given the opportunity to engage in a number of roles within sport, not just as a performer. We now have a very strong team of Sports Captains at the school, mainly from Key Stage 4. These Sports Captains give up their time to coach, officiate and organise sports clubs lower down in the school. While doing this, they are gaining excellent opportunities to develop their leadership skills. Sports Captains are selected on the basis they are an excellent role model for St James Academy.