Sport is highly valued and flourishes at Oundle. The School prides itself in its pursuit of sporting excellence and elite performance, competing in local, regional and national competitions across a wide range of sports and age groups.
Pupils participate in a minimum of three sports afternoons per week, and can train up to five times with their team on top of individual training programmes. We provide competitive and recreational opportunities for our students and support those who show great potential through our 13+ and 16+ Scholarship, as well as dedicated support from our coaches, academic staff and pastoral team.
Pre-season training in England or abroad is in integral part of our programme, and highly successful sports tours regularly take our pupils to various countries to train with the best coaches and compete against the best teams in Australia and New Zealand, South Africa, Barbados.
Coaching of top teams is led by the Heads of Sports, many of whom have performed at the highest level. Our coaches are assisted by a team of six graduate Sport Fellows, who all ensure that our pupils experience the best sporting environment Oundle has to offer.
There are excellent facilities for traditional team games and other sports. In addition to extensive playing fields, there are two sports halls catering for indoor sports, and a well-equipped fitness suite. There are also five squash courts, four rugby fives courts, four floodlit Astroturf pitches, twelve outdoor netball courts (also used as tennis courts during the summer), a Tartan athletics track and an indoor long-course, deck-level swimming. The School has boathouses beside the North Bridge over the River Nene, and at Tansor, where the river has an almost straight mile, ideal for training purposes. Sailing takes place on a nearby lake. There is an indoor small-bore shooting range on the School grounds, and an outdoor full bore range
Sports staff have access to the latest technical equipment for both games and individual movements, as well as the latest performance analysis Dartfish programme, allowing pupils and staff to take advantage of the latest developments.
Dr Richardson is head of the School medical practice and has a sport and exercise background. Also Chartered Physiotherapist, Helen Preston, is onsite to assess and treat injuries or aches. Referrals are made through the GP at the Health Centre and are paid for either through the school or private medical. There are scheduled rehab times, but pupils are welcome to come and consult during voluntaries on any issues of rehab, exercise prescription and nutritional advice.
Mr D Grewcock
Director of Sport
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