Sport for all

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Sport is important to us, and is integrated into the teaching day. So, all Prep School children have two 1 ½ hour games teaching sessions per week and matches on a Wednesday afternoon.

From Year 3 every child, regardless of ability, represents the school regularly in inter-school matches. They play at a level that makes it enjoyable.

Talented pupils get to play at the highest level and in regional Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) competitions.

As well as a dedicated team of sports teachers, sports-specific coaches lend a hand too.   Coaches come from sporting development centres and from the senior Ardingly  Sporting Academies.

We’re very proud that our College teams have won regional and national football and hockey competitions.

PE, Futsal and more.

A PE lesson once a week covers swimming, gymnastics, athletics, badminton and tennis. 

There are also sporting clubs during lunch breaks or after school. For example, we have a highly successful swim squad and a Futsal academy and our running club regularly competes in cross country meetings.

A number of sports outside the curriculum include fencing, sailing and horse riding.

The sporting calendar

  Girls Boys
Michaelmas Term Hockey Football
Lent Term Netball Hockey
Trinity Term Rounders Cricket


Athletics and Cross Country

In the summer pupils work on their technical skills to develop their running, throwing and jumping performance. This is measured against ESAA standards of performance, aiming for bronze, silver and gold standards. 

Pupils participate in cross country as part of the curriculum; in addition we have established voluntary running clubs in an effort to raise fitness levels and prepare for the many events we enter.

Cricket Masterclass with Luke Wright


We place a great deal of emphasis on basic techniques with quality coaching and enjoyable practice to develop every individual. We use video analysis to improve performances and often select small groups to receive specialist coaching. Master classes are held with UK international Luke Wright and our seniors attend a 4-day pre-season tournament at Radley each year.


Under the expert tutelage of highly qualified and experienced coaches the boys are encouraged to play football in a competitive yet sporting manner. . We play to win but more importantly we seek to develop the skill levels of every individual and ensure that all experience a high level of enjoyment. We enter all ISFA competitions and regularly nominate our most talented players to attend the ISFA regional trials. This year we travelled to St George’s Park, home of the England national squad, to compete in the national finals.

We have also recently introduced Futsal into our curriculum and are a leader in this field on the Prep School circuit. Elite footballers from Year 3 upwards are invited to attend the Futsal Academy. The nature of the game places a large emphasis on technical skill and ability in situations of high pressure, competencies that can be translated into the 11-a-side format of the game.

Development of our footballers continues into the senior school where we have our senior training academy.  Click here to find out more and view the video.


Girls and boys train and compete at hockey for a term each year.  Ardingly has gained a strong reputation in hockey and both boys’ and girls’ teams regularly experience notable successes at county level.



Every child attends swimming lessons in our heated indoor pool. In addition we have a formidable swim squad which has raised the profile and performance levels of our school teams to the extent that in 2014 we remained unbeaten in galas and experienced our best ever representation at the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) swimming championships. Currently over 64 children attend squad sessions either after school or before breakfast.