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Sport gives pupils the opportunity to be part of a team, learn about themselves under pressure and challenge their body physically and mentally. We understand that a positive sporting experience at school encourages a lifelong love for sport and exercise.
It is extremely rewarding to see both Prep and Senior School pupils winning not just local fixtures but regional and national ISA competitions on a regular basis. The success of our sporting programme relies on the involvement of as many pupils as possible, not just the school’s best athletes. Achieving high participation in both team and individual sports is essential for the wellbeing and health of all of our pupils.
We expect pupils to play and represent the school up until Year 9 in our team sports if selected. For girls, the major team sports are hockey, netball, athletics, tennis and rounders. For boys, the major team sports are football, rugby, cricket and athletics. Years 10, 11 and the Sixth Form have more choice to play in a team, or choose another activity in which they have more interest.
We also understand that sport is far more than what happens on the sports field or netball court. Sport instills lifelong values into our pupils such as confidence, discipline, respect, decision-making skills, a strong work ethic as well as leadership and management skills. There is growing evidence that physical activity improves academic performance, with some research showing those who are active achieve up to 40% higher scores in school tests.
Whether you are an aspiring athlete on a sport scholarship programme or playing sport recreationally for fun and enjoyment, the Sport Department at Alton School looks forward to inspiring and motivating our pupils to thrive, flourish and gain confidence through sport and physical activity.
Director of Sport