Participation, performance, excellence and enjoyment
The approach to sport at St Edward’s is in line with the School’s belief that the best preparation for adult life is a breadth of opportunity. Every pupil at St Edward’s will have the opportunity to enjoy their sport.
There is something to suit everyone with pupils able to take part and compete in a varied sports programme, enabling them to find something they enjoy. Pupils have the opportunity to play a wide range of team sports but also participate in other sports where they have individual talents as well as experience a range of health and fitness related activities. Through playing sport we aim to encourage and foster team spirit, camaraderie, sportsmanship, leadership, discipline and increased self-esteem.
Every pupil takes part in games at least three times a week with coaching offered on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. Matches are played on Saturday afternoons. Before a leave weekend or Exeat, matches are played on the Thursday afternoon.
St Edward’s takes sport seriously and has always had a first class sporting reputation, competing in a strong and demanding fixture list against other schools, with as many pupils as possible playing in matches. Many of our teams successfully take part in county and national tournaments. Sport at the school is driven by a team of highly skilled coaches with a number of them having played or coached at national standard. Our top sports players and sports awards holders are developed and mentored under the Team St Edward’s programme.
Pupils are able to further develop their sport by training and competing with local and national clubs.
At St Edward’s we recognise that not all pupils are top level athletes but we offer a programme which caters for all ability levels. In the sixth form pupils have an opportunity to follow a health and fitness centred programme if they do not participate in the major team sports.
St Edward’s has high expectations of the pupils offering outstanding opportunities for sport with its superb facilities, which include the New Martyrs Sports Pavilion, a self-contained strength and conditioning facility, 2 astro-turf pitches, all weather netball/tennis courts, multiple sports fields and a 9-hole golf course. Pupils are also able to make wide use of the Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Gym.
St Edward’s sports tours take pupils overseas and in recent years our teams have travelled to Italy, Spain, South Africa, South America, Sri Lanka, Barbados and Canada.
Please click here for the draft schedule of forthcoming tours.
For further information relating to any sporting enquiry please contact the Director of Sport and Activities, Andrew Dalgleish DalgleishA@stedwardsoxford.org