It has been a long few months without our usual games lessons, and while our sports staff ran some very creative online PE lessons and competitions during the lockdown, there really is nothing quite like getting muddy back on the field in a game of rugby sevens or football.

It is not only the playing field that will get a pummelling, as boys are also back rowing, swimming and cross-country running, and playing hockey, fives, table tennis, basketball, badminton and squash. Additionally, yoga and shooting are back on the sports curriculum this term.

If boys have energy left to burn, there is also a varied timetable of extra-curricular sports available to all, which includes (in addition to the above) weight training, tennis, cricket, water polo, fencing, cross-fit, and athletic movement. Clearly, sport has been greatly missed during the lockdown as attendance of these sports clubs is stronger than ever. It has also been pleasing to see many boys trying out new sports.

Barry Burgess, Director of Sports, said, “The first week has been outstanding in relation to the participation in games and extra-curricular sessions, and it is absolutely clear that the boys have thoroughly enjoyed getting back to sport, activity and being with their friends.”

Sadly, there are no inter-school fixtures this term, due to the current restrictions. However, our year group-based programme, which incorporates lots of internal fixtures, will provide boys with the competition that they crave and enjoy.

Watch this space for updates.

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