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Recreation & Activities

At Ludlow College we are keen to extend and broaden our students’ education and personal growth

Of course you’re here to study and build your skills, but college life is also about having fun and taking part in new activities. 

We call this ‘enrichment’ – because it’s about all those extras that make your experience here even richer. 

Taking part in enrichment activities is a great way to take a break, have fun, and keep mentally and physically fit. 

It can also help you develop skills that will help in your working life, like better communication, problem solving, decision making, time management and creativity.

What’s on offer at Ludlow?

Interested in acting, singing, dancing, playing an instrument, or backstage arts such as lighting, sound and stage design? Every year we rehearse and stage a musical theatre show. Rehearsals are largely on Wednesday afternoons, but you can also expect to be involved in Spring half term and during the production week shortly afterwards. Please contact Duncan Thomas for further information. 

Football

The Shrewsbury Town Foundation runs the men’s first team that takes part in the Shropshire League. We also have scope for a second team that can also compete in a Shropshire league as well as friendly fixtures.

Selected players for the Ludlow College and Shrewsbury Town FC Football Team will be expected to attend two training sessions per week and represent Ludlow College in their fixtures programme every Wednesday afternoon. This programme involves practical sessions which will include bespoke football training as well as strength and conditioning from professional, FA qualified coaches from Shrewsbury Town Football Club.

Netball

Ludlow college boasts a social yet competitive netball squad that compete in the Association of Colleges West Midlands leagues. Most recently the squad came joint first in West Midlands league 4 in both 2020 and 2023, missing out only on goal difference.

The squad can expect weekly coaching sessions alongside strength and conditioning. As the squad is coached by a qualified fitness instructor, bespoke fitness training programmes can be provided upon request. The squad will have fitness assessments conducted, with advice given on home training plans.

Each year the squad have the opportunity to attend Severn Stars matches as well as access to ‘a day in the life of a professional netballer’ at Worcester University, which is always a worthwhile trip.

Other Sports

Throughout the year there is opportunity for students to attend badminton fixtures against local opponents as well as being able to represent under the Ludlow College name at various athletics meets across the county (own transport required for this unfortunately).

Within the spring and summer term the college offers local fixtures within rounders and can facilitate tennis with sufficient interest. We have a link with Ludlow Tennis Club and have the opportunity to utilise their fantastic facilities.

For more information please contact Gavin Price: priceg@hlcollege.ac.uk

Interested in science, writing, graphic design, magazine production …or all of the above? 

This is a Wednesday afternoon club for students interested in any branch of science (you don’t have to be studying it), and for anyone who wants to research, write and publish the college magazine. 

We do projects and investigate far-ranging topics from all aspects of the scientific spectrum – from biological and environmental issues, through Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, IT and Geology, to Psychology and Social Science.  Each week we investigate a popular topic and write an article for our college magazine. 

We also need graphic designers, artists, copy writers and photographers to help create an amazing paper magazine and online content. 

The finale of the year will be a trip to a place of scientific interest, which you will choose, arrange and raise funds to complete. Previous destinations have included Pompeii and Mt Etna in Italy! Please contact Ali Purple for further information. 

Ludlow College is proud of our reputation for academic excellence and our long association with Balliol College, part of Oxford University. The High Achievers group is designed to support students with ambitions to enter competitive professions such as medicine, veterinary science, dentistry and law. 

Experienced expert staff will assist you with building on your outstanding GCSE results to the highest academic results at A Level. They will also assist you with developing your profile, experience, interests and understanding for university applications. You will take part in activities designed to stretch your thinking and academic horizons.  

By the end of the year, you will be able to demonstrate a wide range of skills from communication and teamworking to organisational and leadership skills. Please contact Ad McLaughlin for further information. 

The Art Academy meets Wednesday afternoons and is particularly suitable for students who will want to pursue study and practice of visual arts beyond A Level study. You will work with a professional practitioner and will tackle assignments which do not fit easily into conventional lessons, such as life drawing. Please contact Helen Cass for further information. 

We welcome your feedback to shape future learning and also develop the College environment. You can provide your views via an annual questionnaire and student focus groups. 

If you’re keen to represent your fellow students you can elect – or become – a Student Representative, which could lead to you being a Student Governor, part of the College Board of Governors. Once the Student Council has been formed, you decide what you want to achieve and how you are going to do it. It may be that you want to be part of a national campaign with the NUS or arrange an event for the local community. 

At the end of the year you will be able to demonstrate a wide range of skills from communication and teamworking to organisational and leadership skills – all great additions to your personal statement or CV. Please contact Linda Watkins, Clerk to the Corporation, for further information about becoming a Student Governor.