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Sport plays a very important role in the daily programme for every St Hugh’s pupil. We believe that providing quality and varied sporting opportunities is a key part of school life; for general skills, health and fitness but also for the fun and sportsmanship that active participation and successful competition can bring. The emphasis is placed on enjoyment as much as sporting excellence and success.
The timetable allows every pupil in years 3 to 8 at least an hour of sport every day and Pre-prep pupils have three sport sessions a week. The main fixture day is Wednesday. There are occasional tournaments and special match opportunities on a Saturday. In the summer term Athletics meets, Swimming Galas, Cricket and Tennis matches may be held throughout the week.
Children in Year 2 are gradually introduced to playing competitive sport in friendly tournaments with schools of a similar size. In Year 3 children are involved in a greater number of fixtures around 4/5 per term, ranging from weekend festivals to weekday fixtures. This provides an opportunity for children to play in mixed ability teams without too much emphasis on the final result. Sport becomes slightly more competitive in Year 4 with the number of fixtures increasing. From Year 4 to Year 8 all boys and girls (of all ability) are involved in fixtures every week. This continues throughout the school, up to senior level which includes a comprehensive fixture list across all sports including a number of highly competitive tournaments and matches. The top teams are also entered into IAPS Regional competitions to access a higher level of competition.
All children (Years 4 - 8) compete in teams every week, encouraging the development of all abilities, not just the most able. However, we are fully committed to challenging and developing our most gifted sports boys and girls with excellent professional coaching and encouraging links to our wide-ranging list of nearby sports clubs as well as strong county links in many sports.
BOYS’ MAIN SPORTS
Autumn: All year groups - Rugby and Cross Country
Spring: Years 3 & 4 - Hockey (some Football); Years 5 & 6 - Football and Hockey; Years 7 & 8 - Hockey and Cross Country
Summer: All years – Cricket
Other sports we offer include; Tennis, Athletics, Cross-Country, Swimming, Basketball and Badminton. Every two years all boys in Years 7 & 8 are invited to a Cricket Tour to compete against schools and clubs in Barbados. This is a wonderful social and cultural tour and with matches pitted against the best schools and clubs in the country, a real asset for teams to raise their game.
GIRLS' MAIN SPORTS
Autumn Term: All Year groups - Hockey and Cross Country
Spring Term: All Year groups - Netball and Cross Country
Summer Term: Girls' Cricket and Tennis
Other sports we offer, include: Athletics, Football, Swimming and Lacrosse.
Every two years all girls in Years 7 & 8 are invited to a Netball Tour to compete against schools and clubs in Barbados. This is a wonderful social and cultural tour and with matches pitted against the best schools and clubs in the country, a real asset for teams to raise their game.
After School Clubs for Boys and Girls
These are offered in all the main sports as well as Lacrosse, Gymnastics, Dance, Basketball, Swimming, Badminton, Rugby 7’s, Tennis and Judo.
St Hugh's wonderful sports facilities include:
- A floodlit Astroturf
- A modern purpose built Sports Hall housing; 4 Badminton courts/ Basketball/ Football/ 4 Cricket Nets/Gymnastics
- An indoor swimming pool
- 10 rugby pitches (Autumn)
- 9 football pitches (Spring)
- 7 grass cricket wickets
- 1 main cricket square
- 2 astro cricket wickets
- 10 outdoor cricket nets
- 7 floodlit tennis courts
- 5 netball courts
- A superb woodland Cross-Country route
- Fitness studio
In recent years sports scholarships have been awarded to the following schools:
Abingdon, Bloxham, Cheltenham College, Clifton, Cokethorpe, Dean Close, Downe House, Headington, Harrow, Marlborough, Malvern, Monkton Combe, Pangbourne, St Helen & St Katharine, St May's Ascot, St Mary’s Calne, St Edward's, Radley, Rugby, Tudor Hall.