Physical Education and Games at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School play an integral part of school life. All pupils are provided with opportunities to participate at some level. Involvement in sport and physical activities are seen to be important in creating team spirit, positive relationships and pride in individual and team achievements beyond the classroom.
The priority sports are Rugby (Autumn Term), Hockey (Spring Term) and Cricket (Summer Term). Each activity involves substantial numbers of boys and maintains a full list of block fixtures on each Saturday, plus regular mid-week matches. The opportunity to take part in school sport is extended to include A, B, C and D teams where possible. Academic PE is offered at GCSE, AS and A2 Levels and boys achieve very good results in each of these areas. The Director of Sport is supported by a Physical Education department consisting of a further 4 full time PE teachers, 1 Sports Hall Assistant and 1 Graduate Sports Assistant. A number of academic staff are also widely involved in the delivery of games sessions, and the extensive Co-curricular programme on offer.
As well as the priority sports, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School is very proud of its achievements and opportunities to participate in sports such as Athletics, Cross-Country, Football, Gymnastics, Archery, Sailing, Tennis, Squash, Badminton, Basketball, Golf, Orienteering, Table Tennis, Shooting (including Clay Pigeon Shooting), Ultimate Frisbee, Swimming and Water Polo.
The school’s excellent sports facilities include 7 Rugby and/or Football pitches, 2 all-weather Hockey pitches (one floodlit) which become 18 tennis courts in the summer, 3 Grass Cricket squares, 3 artificial Cricket wickets (plus grass and artificial Cricket nets), the Solai Indoor Cricket Centre, a double size Sports Hall, Indoor Swimming Pool, Gymnasium, Fitness Suite, 400metre grass running track with synthetic sprint track and jump/throw areas, and a Shooting Range. Having secured planning permission we are also about to build a state of the art new indoor sports complex, which will complement our sports hall space and upgrade some of our current facilities. This will include a 25 metre 8 lane Swimming Pool, Fitness Suite, Gymnasium, Squash Courts, Multi-Use Space, Climbing Wall, Conference Room, School Shop and Café.
The broad nature of the curriculum offered, particularly as pupils progress to the upper age groups, is a real strength of the department. This leads to the school achieving success across a wide range of sporting activities instead of just a narrow focus. Boys currently represent County sides or higher in Rugby, Hockey, Cricket, Athletics, Badminton, Golf, Judo, Orienteering, Shooting, Swimming and Water Polo.
The extensive Inter-House programme offers further competitive matches for almost every boy in the school. All boys are encouraged to participate at a level appropriate to them. Those who want to be involved beyond the competitive route can enjoy recreational levels of activity to maintain healthy lifestyles within the school.
The school organizes a number of trips and sports tours during the school year and in the holidays. The most recent period has seen tours either going to, or returned from Sri Lanka (U18 Cricket), Dubai (U15 Cricket, Greece (U18 Football), Portugal (U13-U18 Golf), Spain (U18 Hockey), France (U14 Rugby), Ireland (U11 Rugby) and New Zealand (U18 Rugby).