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Sport at Ardingly plays a significant part of College life. All pupils receive two afternoons of Games during the week with fixtures being played on Saturdays. In addition to this, sports clubs and activities run during the week as part of the enrichment programme.

The main sports each term are as follows:

Boys – Football (Michaelmas), Hockey (Lent), Cricket (Trinity)

Girls – Hockey (Michaelmas), Netball (Lent), Tennis (Trinity)

The College aims to offer competitive and recreational opportunities for all abilities, boys and girls. We have a significant number of external coaches in a number of different sports and activities who come in to support the Games programme. We are also very fortunate to have current Premiership Hockey players, County Cricket Coaches, UEFA Licenced Football coaches and Level 2 Netball coaches among the College staff. This expertise is one of the defining qualities of our major games provision and pupils benefit enormously from this wealth of experience and talent.

The Sports Department has a number of key aims:

  1. To provide regular competitive fixtures for pupils in the major sports and for the educational values (team work, leadership, sportsmanship) of these to be emphasised to the pupils
  2. To educate the pupils about the Health benefits (physical & psychological) of taking part in Sport and Physical Exercise

  3. To provide the expertise and coaching opportunities for pupils who demonstrate the ability to go on and play their sport at a Regional or National Level

  4. To provide a broad range of sports and activities for pupils that generates an interest in continuing well after leaving Ardingly College

Scholarships and Bursaries are available at 13+ and 16+ further information can be found from:


Significant Sporting Achievements in the Senior School

Boys Football

  • U18 National ISFA Champions the last two seasons 2014/15 & 2015/16
  • U18 Elgin Cup champions the last two seasons 2014/15 & 2015/16

Girls Football

  • Alexandra Malzer ISFA U18 National Squad 2017
  • Philline Warnholtz ISFA U18 South East


  • U15s Girls Runners Up in Sussex Shield at Bede’s in 2015
  • U16s finished in 3rd place at the Sussex Cup in June 2015 out of twelve schools.
  • U18 Boys Runners Up in the 2015 & 2016 Sussex League
  • The U18 Boys were awarded the Fair Play Award at the Sussex Cup in May 2016

Girls Hockey

  • U18 County Champions 2016
  • U14 County Champions 2016
  • U18 St George's 6s Winners 2016
  • U16 County Champions 2015
  • U16 & Under 18 Regional Quarter Finalists 2015
  • U16 Indoor Regional Semi Finalists 2015
  • Alexandra Malzer selected for U18 National Squad 2017
  • Ciara Branagan wins Schools Games Gold Medal

Boys Hockey

  • U18 County Champions 2015
  • U14 County Runners Up 2015
  • U18 St George's 6s Semi Finalists 2016
  • Seb Walton selected for U16 National Squad 2017


  • U15 Runners Up County Cup Final 2016
  • Old Ardinians Ben Brown and Abi Sakande have played alongside each other representing Sussex this season. Ben Brown as Vice Captian of the side. 


  • U16 Semi Final Regional Qualifying Event for Nationals 2015