Physical Education and Games are an integral part of school life. All students 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.
For more information, see our Sport at Habs booklet below. Or click here for our sports website.
The priority sports are Rugby (Autumn Term), Hockey (Spring Term) and Cricket (Summer Term). Each activity involves substantial numbers of students 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.
As well as the priority sports, Habs 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, Ultimate Frisbee, Swimming and Water Polo.
Our fantastic sports facilities include:
- seven Rugby/Football pitches
- two all-weather Hockey pitches (which become 18 courts for Tennis in the summer)
- three grass Cricket squares (including Cricket nets)
- three artificial Cricket wickets (including Cricket nets)
- two squash court
- climbing wall
- our Solai Indoor Cricket Centre (including bowling machines and projector/screen for video replays)
- a double size sports hall
- 25m, eight-lane indoor swimming pool
- fitness suite
- 400-metre grass running track with synthetic sprint track and jump/throw areas
- a shooting range
Our Medburn Centre also houses our conference room, the Olympian Suite, and our café.
The PE department is involved with a wide variety of tours relating to school sport. All staff are encouraged to join, or lead, these activities, many of which take place during school holidays. The list below shows previous tours.
|Rugby||Biarritz, Ireland, Italy, Canada,
South Africa, Chile and Argentina
|Hockey||Far East and Barcelona|
|Cricket||Devon, Far East (Hong Kong), Singapore, Malaysia,
Sri Lanka, Barbados and South Africa
|Football||Holland, Brazil, Greece|
|Golf||Portugal and Spain|
The PE department also host workshops, arranged visits to fixtures, and provided students with additional study opportunities outside of school. These include the following.
|James Hickman||Speedo Swimsuit Workshop: Technology in Sport|
|David Dein||Football and the Economy|
|Sir Garfield Sobers||An Evening with|
|Graham Thorpe||Batting Masterclass|
|Saracens Rugby||Workshop: A View of the Professional Game|
|Saracens and England||Rugby Fixtures|
|Middlesex Cricket Club||Masterclass sessions|
|Maddie Hinch||Goalkeeping Masterclass|
Detox Your Ego Sports Psychology
|Dean Wilson lecture||Media in Sport|
|Andrew Strauss||Batting Masterclass at Lords|
|Revision and Study Skills days for GCSE/A Level|
The Athletics teams compete in the Hertfordshire Schools Athletics League, in the English Schools Track and Field Cup, in the Watford and District Championships and also attend a number of invitational meetings such as the Achilles Relays at Oxford.
The school has Badminton teams at Under 13, Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 levels. We enter the national Centre Parcs competition and usually finish in the top two at the county stage. Through the Autumn and Spring Term, we play a series of friendly matches against other local schools.
Students also enter Hertfordshire Schools Badminton Association tournaments at Stevenage and past teams have won the overall School Trophy.
We regularly have students who play at county level and higher outside school.
Cricket is our priority sport in the Summer Term and is incredibly popular; however, thanks to our excellent indoor facilities, Cricket can be played throughout the year, with individuals and groups regularly given opportunities to practise and hone their techniques under expert guidance in readiness for the outdoor season.
During the summer, we field three senior sides (1st XI, 2nd XI and 3rd XI) together with occasional games for a 4th and 5th XI. Lower down the school there are A, B and C teams in the Under 12, Under 13, Under 14 and Under 15 age groups, all of which receive first class help and advice from our well qualified coaching staff. In the Prep School there are teams for the Under 9 to Under 11 students.
Football has grown in popularity over the years as so many of the students have a passion for the sport and are coached and encouraged to master technical skills.
We play competitive fixtures in the Autumn Term from Year 9 and up, running three teams at both U14 and U15 level while maintaining four teams at Senior age groups. Fixtures are played on Saturdays, with opposition names including Eton College, Highgate and Brentwood. We also play several midweek matches against local schools from both independent and state sectors.
Golf is offered as an option through Games from Year 11 upwards, although there are initiatives underway to get younger students involved in the sport at an earlier age.
Once identified as a keen golfer, studentsare encouraged to join the Junior section of one of the many local clubs in the area. The annual School Golf Day held each year just prior to the Autumn Term has proven to be a good way to identify the top Habs golfers of the future.
Hockey is played by all year groups, and provides a range of levels to suit all abilities. It is our priority sport in the Spring Term.
Recreational players will develop their skills and play in small sided games with the more advanced players training for fixtures at the weekend.
The school regularly competes in block fixtures against local schools, including Watford Grammar School, St Albans and Merchant Taylors, as well as schools further afield such as Stowe and Bishop Stortford Grammar School.
Rugby is played by all year groups at the school and it is our priority sport in the Autumn Term.
We have teams from U12 all the way up to our Senior 1XV. The school regularly competes in block fixtures against local schools with Saturday fixtures available too. Our U15 and U18 squads enter national competitions and play Rugby 7s in the Spring Term at some of the most prestigious events in the country.
At Habs, swimming is coached throughout the year groups in core PE lessons and co-curricular time.
During PE lessons, all four key strokes are covered as well as skills such as diving. In the co-curricular sessions the school’s team of coaches, refine these skills further to maximise our students' abilities. These are supported by land training session with the school’s strength and conditioning coach in the fitness suite.
The school enters the Herts School’s Swimming League and routinely makes the final of this tournament. Year 7 and 8 pupils also have the opportunity to compete in the London Independent School’s League and the Divisional relay championships.
Tennis is an increasingly popular sport with our 18 astroturf courts in constant use throughout the Summer Term. Squad training sessions take place during lunchtimes and the school has regular fixtures after school and on Saturday mornings against other schools in Hertfordshire and the north London area.
The school enters numerous competitions at various ability levels and age categories such as the LTA Team Tennis Senior Students competition, Aegon National competition and the Phillips Cup. For our strongest players, the finale of the Tennis season is the Independent Schools Tennis championships.
Water polo is one of the most successful sports in the school, with teams regularly making national finals.
Students are introduced to the key skills of water polo in their swimming lessons and anyone interested in playing and developing these further are welcome to come to lunchtime and after school sessions. These are supported by land training session with the school’s strength and conditioning coach in the fitness suite.
The school plays regular fixtures against a number of other schools and we also enter the London Schools Water Polo league, a prestigious southern league involving the major schools in the London area including St Pauls, Eton, Dulwich and City of London.
The school also enters the ESSA National Championships which is the premier school’s water polo tournament.
An increasing number of students play external club water polo and the school has strong links with Watford Water Polo Club who train using our Medburn Sports Center facilities. The Regional squad also train at Habs and there a number of students involved at this level with some progressing to GB representation.