Sport is a cornerstone of prep school life. We promote enjoyment and participation in a wide range of games whilst encouraging individuals and teams to achieve at the highest levels within school and at county and national events..
Sport plays an essential role in allowing children to develop many aspects of their character and their wellbeing. From the outset in gymnastics, our pupils learn about their bodies. They discover their strengths and are encouraged to push themselves. They discover their limitations and are coached to overcome them.
Through competition, they work hard knowing that winning is important but they also understand the importance of their personal skills as an individual and of their role as part of a team. They take pride in wearing the sports kit and representing their school. Etiquette and manners underpin the coaching of sport at Russell House so that we win whilst maintaining the respect of the opposition and sometimes we also experience how to lose with dignity.
Our well-qualified and experienced games staff understand the need to treat each child as an individual. In the Early Years it is all about self-discovery and fun. In the Main School, each child is taught and given personal coaching points so that their personal skills and their fitness are enhanced. All of which they can take with them to their secondary school and beyond.
Children enjoy a wide variety of sport. Many early sessions have boys and girls learning together. As the children move up through the school they still work together in swimming, tennis, gymnastics, cross country, athletics and biathlon but they also begin to specialise.
Boys play competitive football, rugby and cricket. Girls play netball, hockey and rounders. Russell House is committed to equal opportunities, therefore any child who has a passion and the requisite skill level for a sport not normally associated with their gender is able to represent their school.
Matches against other prep schools are normally played on games afternoons (Wednesdays for Forms 6 and 7 and Thursdays for Forms 4 and 5). Pupils also take part in House matches and in local and national tournaments. Over the years, our pupils' achievements at these events have been impressive. For example, in 2015 our U11 netball team won no less than five local tournaments and reached the finals of the IAPS Netball competition finishing in the top 12 out of 260 schools in the whole of the UK.