Sports at Ardingly – Striving To Be the Best

Sport at Ardingly plays a significant role in College life. Ardingly College has always enjoyed a rich and rewarding sports programme. We have a reputation for being successful in many sports but have particular prowess in hockey and football for both boys and girls.

Our success comes from our ethos of being an all-inclusive College, encouraging everyone to approach sport with a competitive and positive attitude which works for all abilities.

We understand that achieving at sport comes from having clear goals and investing in mental preparation and physical strength and skills.

The Sports Department has a number of key goals:

  • To provide regular competitive fixtures for students in the major sports and for the educational values of teamwork, leadership and sportsmanship to be emphasised to students
  • To educate children about the health benefits (physical and psychological) of taking part in sport and physical exercise
  • To provide the expertise and coaching opportunities for students who demonstrate the ability to go on and play their sport at a regional or national level
  • Sports on offer include football, hockey, netball, athletics, cricket, cross country, swimming and tennis but also include sailing, basketball, fencing, equestrian, golf, squash, badminton, table tennis, climbing, jazzercise, use of the gym and rowing.

Training and Fixtures

We run an all-inclusive sports programme, encouraging boys and girls to participate in a termly sport with weekly matches. Games are timetabled twice a week and matches are played on a Saturday. We field numerous teams of various ability levels so that everyone has the opportunity to compete.

For students in Shell (Year 9) and Remove (Year 10) the major sports played are:

Termly Sports Programme Senior School

Michaelmas TermFootball / Cross Country / SwimmingHockey / Cross Country / Swimming
Lent TermHockey / Cross Country / SwimmingNetball / Cross Country / Swimming
Trinity TermCricket / Athletics / TennisFootball / Athletics / Tennis

Students in the Fifth and Sixth Form have a greater choice of sports available to them during games sessions.


Sport in the Curriculum

PE is offered at GCSE and in the Sixth Form.


Sport as part of the Enrichment Programme

The Enrichment Programme is timetabled twice a week and offers the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities. Various sport and fitness opportunities are offered, giving students the chance to discover a new sport or indulge in deeper sport-specific training.