Sport | Framlingham College

The College is extremely lucky to have a vibrant, knowledgeable team of sports teachers who deliver a first-class programme of coaching to each and every pupil. Our aim is to foster a love of exercise and to allow every pupil to reach their potential. It is our hope to inspire, guide and equip pupils with the skills and opportunities to remain active throughout their lives.

Our focus sports are hockey, rugby, netball and cricket. Our PE and extra-curricular programmes allow pupils to access cross country, horse riding, swimming, tennis, gymnastics, dance, basketball, badminton, volleyball, athletics, shooting, climbing, archery, golf amongst others.

We have:

8 Cricket Pitches6 Cricket Nets
6 Netball/Tennis CourtsIndoor Sports Hall
Cross-Country route along
the River Deben
Shooting Range
400m Athletics Track6 Rugby pitches

To add to this we have access to the facilities at the Senior School which we use on a weekly basis including two all weather, flood-lit astro turf pitches and the swimming pool.

Framlingham College Prep School sport has enjoyed a number of successes in recent years that we are rightly very proud of. We are a leading light for sport in the East of England and not just in one specialist area but across a wide range of sporting activity.

Last year, we had cross-country runners who represented Suffolk in the East Anglian Championships, horse riders who performed nationally, swimmers who participated in National Finals, South of England athletes achieving record making distances. We were winners of the Northampton Saints Rugby 7s competition and pupils were invited to join the Northampton Saints U14 DPP. We had Suffolk Academy netball players as well as county representation and county cricket representation (girls and boys) across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. On the hockey pitch our U13 girls (having won in 2019) were awarded silver medals at the IAPS National Finals, reaching the finals for the second year in a row whilst our U11s also reached the final 8 in the country. On the tennis front we had pupils playing for Suffolk at U8, U10, U12 and U14 as well as individuals who became National Prep School Champions at both singles and doubles. Our sailing team also reached their National Finals.

Why are these successes becoming common place?

We have a “one school” ethos. We share facilities, staff expertise and ideas with our Senior school, which includes access to some of the leading sports coaches in the country.

Our more able pupils are encouraged to train with our U14 age groups at the Senior school and some, when appropriate, have the opportunity to represent the Senior school teams in fixtures. Last year, five Prep school pupils were part of the U14 hockey team who gained a bronze at the Investec Tier 1 National Finals. One of our pupils also played in the U16 indoor hockey team gaining bronze at England Hockey National Finals. These opportunities should be celebrated – there aren’t many prep schools that can offer this type of stretch and opportunity for their talented pupils.

We pride ourselves on offering the same experience for all pupils – no matter their level of ability. We believe whole heartedly that an all-in programme does not detract from the elite success. If the foundations are laid correctly then the more able will naturally flourish. Our pupils at the Prep school all experience the pride of representing the Prep school in fixtures, irrespective of ability.

Success and effort are celebrated in equal measure. Progress and attitude are recognised no matter what the level.

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