Wellingborough has a proud reputation for sport and is highly regarded throughout the East Midlands. Every pupil participates in a full and diverse sporting programme, which offers a variety of activities and opportunities. All pupils from 13 - 18 are actively engaged in our Games programme to encourage and foster a positive attitude towards sport that will last after they have left the School.
For more information about teams, fixtures and results, please go to the Wellingborough School Sports portal.
Our major Games are:
Michaelmas: Rugby (Boys) and Hockey (Girls)
Lent: Football (Boys) & Netball (Girls)
Trinity: Cricket (Boys) and Tennis (Girls)
Participation in our major Games sports is compulsory for all pupils in Years 9 and 10. As pupils progress up the School, the major Games remain a priority but choice and flexibility increases to ensure all pupils maintain a minimum level of physical activity throughout the school week. The majority of pupils flourish in school or house teams whilst a number progress to county, regional, national and even Olympic level.
There is also opportunity for all pupils to maximise their potential via an extensive extra-curricular programme which is second-to-none. Pupils can participate in a rich range of sports commensurate with their abilities and every pupil should be able to find a skill to become engaged in. Teamwork is fostered, leaders are identified and moulded and pupils learn much about themselves and others; sport is a vehicle for personal development.
The School benefits from a team of elite and expert professional coaches, many of whom can boast their own impressive sporting achievements at national level. In addition, the majority of academic staff are committed to helping deliver the extensive sports programme.
Sports tours have become a part of the fabric of the School in recent years and each pupil has the opportunity to tour overseas in each of the major Games. Touring represents a wonderful opportunity for all involved. Some pupils will gain most from the chance to develop their individual talents and skills, for others it is team development where they gain most enjoyment. Visiting different countries and cultures helps to widen the pupils' awareness, not only of how sports are played in the countries they visit, but also of family life and attitudes to world affairs. Recently tours have visited Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, The United Arab Emirates and Australia.
Wellingborough offers A & B teams at all age groups throughout the school, including; 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams for seniors (Years 11-U6th) and U15A, U15B, U15C, U14A, U14B & U14C at junior level. Teams are selected on ability, as well as attendance at training sessions. We strive to have all team sheets displayed on the sports notice boards at least 48 hours prior to the fixture. Pupils may be withdrawn from a school fixture if there are any significant academic or pastoral concerns.
We expect all pupils to represent the School if selected. Pupils must contact the Headmaster to request any absence, with at least one week’s notice. This is to ensure that the School remains competitive and maintains its status and reputation within the market place; it is particularly crucial that the School meets the fixture demands of other independent schools.
Fixtures are arranged against schools of similar ability and status as Wellingborough. On our circuit we play schools such as: Oundle, Oakham, Stamford, Repton, Uppingham, Bedford and The Leys as well as other excellent schools in the area. We also compete in National Competitions as well as more local competitions.
We are supportive of pupils that are selected for representative honours. If there is a clash with a school commitment then the School will try to reach a reasonable compromise.
We are fortunate to have excellent sporting facilities:
2 Full-size floodlit Astroturf Sports Pitches
1st XV Floodlit Rugby Pitch
7-bay Artificial Cricket Nets
2 Floodlit Hard Courts
11 Rugby Pitches
13 Football Pitches
4 Cricket Squares
3 Hard Courts
2 Squash Courts
2 Grass Athletics Tracks
9-hole Golf Course
We are also in close proximity to facilities that support our ever-growing programme with outdoor pursuits, water sports, skiing and climbing.
We are committed to providing opportunities for gifted students to excel in sport. A Sport Scholarship can be gained for either sporting excellence in one sport or a significant contribution to at least two of the major games of the School.
The Talented Athlete Programme (TAP) is for those pupils who have received a Sports Scholarship and sets out to identify talent, and then develop this through structured curriculum based and co-curricular activities. The PE and Games Department run a structured programme of events to enhance the learning and development of all athletes.
We are very proud of the results of the programme, with notable success stories including Alex Waller (Northampton Saints), Ethan Waller (Worcester Warriors), Will Chudley (Exeter Chiefs), Charlie Macdonell (Derbyshire CCC) and Anne Panter (GB Olympic Hockey).
A Sports Scholarship can be gained for either sporting excellence in one sport or a significant contribution to at least two of the major games of the School.
- Monitor and support athlete’s development through regular mentoring sessions.
- Enhance individual performance through goal-setting, regular controlled Strength and Conditioning sessions.
- Guest speakers and expert coaches will deliver sessions each half-term on various aspects of exercise, nutrition and performance.
- Individually tailored training plans.
- In-School mentoring.
- Starter pack inc. foam roller, protein bar, energy bar, water bottle and sports bag.
- Reward Scheme inc. incentives to recognise those athletes who demonstrate high levels of commitment in aspects such as volunteering, levels of performance and attitude.