|Young people can gain enormous pleasure from taking part in sport. They learn about personal fitness, about working with others and about feeling legitimately pleased with individual and team achievement. |
At Bryanston we offer opportunity and choice and, with excellent coaching and the time for training that boarding allows, many enjoy and excel at sports they may never previously have considered or experienced. Some go on to perform at county, regional, national and international level, but sport is most definitely for all at Bryanston.
Sport is important at Bryanston and success is achieved at the highest levels. The important thing, however, is that all pupils take part and many who may not previously have thought of themselves as games players are able to represent the School in a wide variety of sports. In this way, sport enhances the individual's sense of belonging, achievement and self-confidence.
Pupils normally play a major sport on at least three afternoons a week. Choice will depend on the school term, but the range includes athletics, cricket, cross-country, rugby, hockey, netball, rowing, squash and tennis. In addition, pupils can participate in archery, badminton, basketball, fencing, Eton fives, kayaking, lacrosse, riding, sailing, shooting, soccer, squash and swimming.
The School has outstanding sports facilities for use during games time and during free time. The playing fields cover 56 acres and include 2 artificial pitches, 37 tennis courts, 9 netball courts and a 400 metre grass athletics track. The playing fields are bounded by the River Stour for rowing and kayaking. The School has its own riding stables, all-weather riding manège indoor school and cross-country course. The School's fleet of six Laser 2000 sailing dinghies is kept on a private pontoon in Poole Harbour.The Sports Centre contains a multi-use sports hall, a well-equipped gymnasium, a fitness room, 4 squash courts, 3 fives courts and a 25 metre heated indoor swimming pool.