“Our aim is to create a motivating and inspiring sporting environment which provides a wide selection of team and individual sporting options for every single Oundelian. This will ensure excellence and enjoyment at the top competitive level across every sport as well as the nurturing of good habits to remain fit, healthy and active across all abilities.”Mr Nick Beasant, Director of Sport
Sport is part and parcel of daily life at Oundle where we strive for every pupil participate and to leave School with a positive experience of sport, developing a lifelong interest and lasting enjoyment in a sporting activity that will foster good habits long into adulthood.
Our ambition is to nurture a sporting culture where all have fun, strive industriously and some excel; where individuals can pursue their own sporting interests alongside representing the School in mainstream competition, and where the most talented are challenged to reach their potential.
We want our pupils to take from School the attitudes, knowledge and enthusiasms that will support a happy, productive adult life and this as true of sport as it is of other aspects of their education. For some, this will be the experience of being part of a team and representing the School in a sport that really matters to them. For others, it will be in reaching an elite level of competence and representing School, club, county, region and country before moving on to a career in sport. Supporting competitive team sport and elite individual sportsmen and women is a core responsibility of sport and requires both expert coaching and a wide range of appropriate, multi-faceted facilities.
We also have a responsibility to ensure that all pupils leave school with a positive experience of exercise and of one or more sports or activities which they will pursue into adulthood. The link between good physical and mental health is well established yet very few health-conscious graduates play rugby, hockey or netball in their spare time. Many more play squash, badminton, tennis, row, sail, cycle, run, dance, practise yoga or go to the gym. Facilities and a sports offering that support the physical education and mental fitness of pupils beyond the narrow confines of team competitions will ensure that sport is part of an education that will enhance pupils’ lives long after they have left School.
“Supporting competitive team sport and elite individual sportsmen and women is a core responsibility of School sport and requires both expert coaching and a wide range of appropriate, multi-faceted facilities.”SARAH KERR-DINEEN, HEAD OF OUNDLE SCHOOL
We offer access to a chartered sports physiotherapist who is available onsite on a weekly basis to assess and treat injuries. There are also scheduled weekly sessions with a dedicated specialist rehab instructor, but pupils are welcome to come and consult on any issues of rehab and exercise prescription during designated sessions.