Pupils participate in a minimum of three sports afternoons per week, but will also train at other times with their team on top of individual training programmes. Coaching is led by specific Heads of Sports, many of whom have performed and coached at the highest level, and are assisted by a team of carefully selected talented Resident Assistant Sports Coaches. We have over 40 qualified coaches who work across our full range of sports offering the appropriate level of expertise and support for all pupils to develop and flourish. This is includes full time members of coaching staff in cricket, hockey, netball rowing, rugby and swimming.
Bespoke strength and conditioning programmes are developed by our in-house coaching staff who work with pupils in group sessions during the Third and Fourth Forms to promote all-round physical development. This then progresses into individual training programmes tailored for each pupil’s needs, delivered during timetabled weekly sessions.
Pre-season training in England or abroad is an integral part of our programme, and highly successful sports tours regularly enable pupils to compete against teams around the world.
We place great value on both our Sports Scholarship Scheme and Dedicated Athlete Programme which help inspire and develop all those who show the necessary potential, ambition and dedication. We expect our Sports Scholars to be role models and leaders both on and off the field of play. They in turn can expect first class coaching and outstanding facilities, coupled with individual support and mentoring to help balance sporting and academic endeavour.
We award Sports Scholarships at both 13+ and 16+ entry and all Scholars follow a specific sporting pathway which includes a bespoke strength and conditioning programme developed by our in-house coaching staff. This develops into an individual training programme tailored for each pupil’s needs and delivered during specific weekly sessions. A sports scholar mentor programme will help cover important issues such as lifestyle management, target setting and maintaining balanced lifestyles. Further technical and analysis sessions as well as selected workshops and talks cover elements such as wellness, time, stress management and resilience. Education workshops on nutrition, leadership and sports psychology are also offered, as is a range of off-site trips and experiences beyond the usual sports tours and fixtures. For dedicated and ambitious sporting scholars, these details can make all the difference to performance at the top level.Scholarship Information
For pupils not selected as Sports Scholars, there is also the opportunity to join the Dedicated Athlete Programme. This is aimed at those pupils who show continued sporting promise and development in specific sports during the academic year and offers weekly athletic development sessions and technical group coaching drop-in sessions.
We offer access to a chartered sports physiotherapist who is available onsite on a weekly basis to assess and treat injuries. This is supplemented by scheduled weekly sessions with a dedicated specialist rehab instructor, where pupils are welcome to come and consult on any issues of rehab and exercise prescription during designated sessions.
We are proud to have played a role in the development of many talented sportsmen and women who have achieved personal success after leaving Oundle. Rugby players have been selected to join top professional clubs and to play internationally for Scotland and England, including Tom Curry who represented England in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final; netball players have joined Super League Clubs such as Loughborough Lightening, Leeds Rhinos and Wasps and have played for England; athletes have competed in England Schools Athletics and been selected to represent GB Modern Pentathlon. We currently support pupils who are part of the GB Equestrian Performance Pathway, have been selected in the England U18s Rugby Development Squad, and who train at Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers Academies.
The Sports Department enjoys strong links with Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers Rugby academies, and supports pupils in the England Hockey Performance Centre Pathway, as well as cricketers at Northants, Norfolk, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. The School also serves as a hub for the U17 Loughborough Lightening Netball and the MCC Foundation Cricket Hubs. Our campus facilities are supplemented by memberships at the Oundle golf and tennis clubs, and Rutland Sailing Club, whilst there are training opportunities with local athletic and rowing clubs.