Sports are an integral part of life at S. Anselm’s and are approached with passion and enthusiasm.

Our very youngest children in the Nursery and the Prep-Prep benefit from use of the sports hall facilities – including our swimming pool – creating a sound basis for the future.

S. Anselm’s Preparatory School is well recognised on the preparatory circuit locally, regionally and nationally as having impressive sports teams, coached to a consistently high level in every age group, whilst College pupils also have the opportunity to develop their skills in a wider variety of sports, such as tennis, sailing and golf.

We are proud of our ‘competitive sports for all’ policy at S. Anselm’s, with every child representing the school in teams for each of the major sports, regularly, throughout each term.

Our Physical Education programme stretches each pupil to their full potential; developing skills which help pupils with co-ordination, mental alertness, agility and bodily control. It also incorporates ethical behaviour: developing qualities of leadership, self-discipline, independent thought and responsibility. It gives pupils a desire to continue to enjoy sport and to participate in it to their fullest potential, in future life thus promoting a healthy attitude to personal fitness for life.

In the past three years S. Anselm’s teams have reached IAPS National Finals in swimming, netball, shooting, athletics and riding. Pupils able in sport are challenged and given opportunities to perform at the highest level, with a number of pupils every year being selected for the Derbyshire County Hockey Development and Academy Squads. In the past year pupils have also been selected for the Derbyshire County Cricket Squad.

The school’s sporting talent has also been recognized by a variety of senior schools, with S. Anselm’s pupils being awarded sport scholarships at Malvern College, Repton, Oakham, Oundle, Rugby, Uppingham and St Edward’s, Oxford.

The excellent facilities and talented coaching staff ensure that there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The major sports are as follows:

Boys’ Sport

Michaelmas Term Football and hockey
Lent Term Hockey and cross country
Summer Term Cricket, tennis and athletics

Girls’ Sport

Michaelmas Term Hockey and cross country
Lent Term Netball and cross country
Summer Term Cricket, rounders, tennis and athletics

Our annual Steeplechase held in November, with its much anticipated water jump, and the Brailich Hill run across the Peak District moors are major events in our sporting calendar.

In addition to our main sports, S. Anselm’s fields teams in equestrian events, shooting and swimming.  Gymnastics, badminton, basketball, circuits, water polo, riding, sailing, mountain biking and shooting are regularly enjoyed by both boarders and day pupils throughout the school, through clubs and extras.

S. Anselm’s Millennium Sports Hall, 20m swimming pool and full sized all-weather Astro Turf pitch provide outstanding facilities for organised indoor sport and free-time use, whatever the weather, throughout the daytime and evening seven days a week. We also have five hard tennis courts and a large games fields with several pitches.

Parents and families are welcome to come and support their children in sporting fixtures, whether they are playing at home or away, as well as attending sporting galas and house tournaments.  Team sheets for all school fixtures are posted in the parents’ password protected area of this website.

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