Sport has always been a high priority for us at Scarborough College.
Established in the late Victorian era, when the British Empire was seemingly founded on the playing fields of Eton, major team games have always featured heavily in the education of all college pupils and we continue to see the many benefits.
We are very proud of our sporting heritage and of the multitude of achievements our pupils have enjoyed over many decades. The major team games of rugby, hockey, cricket and netball have always featured heavily, although the priority sport up to the Second World War was football, at which point the new headmaster at the time veered the college to the oval ball game.
Scarborough College pupils have gained, and continue to gain, regional, county and international caps in a number of sports and I am convinced of the positive impact regular sport has within the lives of young people.
All of our pupils take part in numerous physical activities almost daily, with many students enjoying over six or seven hours of sport every week. Apart from the obvious physical and mental well-being benefits, our pupils also learn the important values of teamwork, determination, self-discipline, leadership and graciousness, all of which stand them in good stead for the many challenges life will undoubtedly throw at them in the future.
I myself was involved in elite sport as a rugby coach at Harlequins for 10 years. I enjoyed helping to develop present England players such as captain Chris Robshaw, Mike Brown and Joe Marler in their time in the academy.
One of the greatest aspects of an independent school education, such as that experienced at Scarborough College, is that pupils have the opportunity to take themselves out of their comfort zones day-in, day-out. This not only allows them to develop new lifelong passions for a sport or activity, but it also builds their character and makes for engaging and interesting people with a ‘can-do’ spirit.
Universities and employers recognise these attributes which makes our pupils stand out in a competitive crowd. Aside from mainstream sports, our weekly activities programme ranges from surfing to horse-riding so that every child can find their talent, wherever it may lay.
Our sports scholarship programme available for new pupils allows very able children with obvious talent to access high quality coaching and state-of-the-art facilities so that their potential is maximised. Scarborough is a town brimming with keen young sports players, and we are keen to help them really stamp their mark.