Sport at Blundell's

Aims and Values

Our aims and values within the Games department align with those of the school in by providing Roots and Wings for our pupils. We encourage ambition and provide opportunity for all by giving the pupils a chance to play at their own level whether this be at an elite level or to participate in sport for its own enjoyment.

Our Roots

To develop depth and breadth of character encouraging resilience, optimism, self-control, respect, leadership and sportsmanship through playing games, learning skills and taking part in competitive fixtures.

To experience the enjoyment of different games and activities and to find a sport or game that the pupil enjoys and that allows that pupil to develop the benefits of, and foundations for, a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Hockey   Cricket

Our Wings

The pupils are guided by caring and enthusiastic sport coaches, to develop independence, take responsibility for their own training and development, which enables them to show initiative, take ownership and feel satisfaction in what is achieved.

To pursue excellence, aspiring to do everything as well as it can be done, which in turn develops a sense of justifiable pride and ambition, whether playing at a participation or elite performance level.

To develop confidence and a sense of adventure, through taking part in sport and activities.

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Introduction

Sport is integral to everyone’s life here at Blundell’s. The School has an excellent reputation not only for its sporting prowess but also the spirit in which it is played. Schools enjoy visiting Blundell’s as they know that they will receive a very hospitable welcome and a competitive match played with commitment and enthusiasm.

Blundell’s has excellent sporting facilities and some first class coaches, many of whom have played at the very top level of their chosen sport. Some professional coaches from outside the teaching staff at Blundell’s are also bought in to compliment a first rate team.

Blundell’s has a very tough but competitive fixture list as we compete against all the top schools in the South West and often beating schools much bigger than ourselves. We enter County and National cups in a number of sports often reaching the latter stages of National competitions.

Athletics   Tennis

In the past five years over a hundred Blundellians, boys and girls have competed at County level or above. We support elite sportsmen and women with specialised fitness programmes and will allow time for those who reach the highest levels to specialise in their particular sport. At the same time we give every pupil the opportunity to play a range of many different sports. In our junior years nearly all of our pupils will have represented the school in competitive fixtures in one sport or another.

Our aspiration is for every pupil to find a sport that they enjoy and that they will continue to play after their time at Blundell’s. The main sport for boys in the Autumn Term is Rugby and for girls Hockey, although the choice widens as the pupils move up through the school. In the Spring Term boys have the opportunity to compete in teams in Hockey, Football, Fives and Squash and girls Netball, Fives and Squash. In the Summer Term the boys’ main sport is Cricket and the girls’ Tennis, but we also run highly successful Athletics and Swimming teams at all age groups. Blundell’s also run teams in X Country, Golf, Equestrian and Rounders. For those who like to exercise in a less competitive environment there is plenty of opportunity for senior pupils to use our fitness suite, and to take part in fitness related activities such as Pilates and recreational Badminton and Table Tennis.

Hockey   Tennis

The Russell cross-country run, which all pupils train for on selected days in the Spring Term, is a tremendous whole school tradition. On The Russell day, pupils either compete for their House in the testing Russell cross country, run around the fantastic countryside that surrounds Blundell’s school or run for fun around a very much shortened course.

Whatever the sporting ability of a Blundell’s pupil we will help them fulfil their potential through the sports that are offered and coached at Blundell’s.

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Coaching Philosophy

  1. Sessions should be enjoyable, challenging, hard work and always safe
  2. Pupils should be expected to always do their best whatever their level
  3. Less talk and more play
  4. Maximize touches and action
  5. Allow error to increase creativity
  6. Skills in isolation can be boring, games can be fun
  7. Generate excitement and enthusiasm whatever the ability of your players
  8. Encourage and coach pupil led warm up and cool down 
  9. Winning is always kept in perspective

Selection and Entitlement

Selection for fixtures is the responsibility of the coach of the team. Substitutes at Under15 level and below will always play quarter of a game.

Pupils will only play up an age group if required for Cup or National competitions or for the top team in that sport (i.e. Cricket 1st XI).

Where there are more pupils who want to be selected at B team level than there are places, it is the responsibility of the coach that these pupils are given an opportunity to play sometime during the season on a rota system or as playing substitutes.

All teams for our major sports of rugby, hockey, cricket and football will be listed on the School Sports web site as early as possible in the week. Results will be recorded on this site for all teams other than U12B, U13B and U14B.

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Sports

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