Welleslians love their sport but the important thing is that every child is given the encouragement to stretch themselves and develop a love of sport that will last a lifetime.
Historically, girls and boys have achieved significant success in a variety of sports. In cricket the boys have won the JET competition (this is a national competition) on six occasions and the girls were the national U13 rounders champions in 2007 and 2008, becoming the first school to retain the trophy, which we have now won five times. The U11s were national rounders champions in 2006. Pupils have also been winners in the IAPS squash championships most recently in 2015 and in 2007 a Wellesley pupil won the Stowe Putter (National Prep Schools Golf Tournament).
Children at Wellesley participate in a very wide variety of sports. The girls play netball, hockey and rounders as the main sports each term. Boys play rugby, soccer and cricket each term and in addition both boys and girls enjoy tennis, squash, golf and swimming. Wellesley pupils have won sports scholarships to King's Canterbury, Lancing, Stowe and Harrow among many others.
In addition to team sports the children are given the chance to take part in a number of different activities throughout the week, typically shooting, fencing, modelling, carpentry, riding, sailing, cookery, chess, judo, archery, scuba, boxing, golf, squash, swimming and dance.
By involving themselves in such a wide variety of games and activities Wellesley children become busy, purposeful people.
Sports facilities at Wellesley are first class – aside from beautifully prepared playing fields, tennis and netball courts, a sports hall, dance studio, we are also fortunate enough to benefit from two squash courts, an indoor swimming pool, climbing wall and shooting range. All pupils are provided with opportunities to develop their skills and experiences in a range of team and individual sports and we are lucky to benefit from highly talented, passionate and qualified coaches. We are also fortunate to have an excellent link with the world renowned Open venue, Royal St George’s – and our pupils receive coaching from the Professionals at the Golf Club.
Our philosophy is that sport provides great learning opportunities for the pupils and we are equally committed to and proud of those at the participation end of our provision as we are of our more elite performers. Our team of staff adopt a “coaching” approach to games and encourage our pupils to make decisions and think for themselves. Enjoyment is also clearly a major aim for all participants and the evidence is there for all to see whilst watching our extensive games programme in action.
We have a rich sporting tradition and are proud to talk of several County (and England) cricketers, Olympic medallists and many other Welleslians who have gone onto to play professional sport. Indeed, the current captain of Kent CCC is an Old Welleslian.