From our earliest recorded cricket match against Grantham College in 1821 to the wealth of seasonal sporting fixtures we currently offer, sport has always been an essential part of Oakham School life. We offer a wide and varied sports programme that provides competitive and recreational opportunities for pupils of all levels – from enthusiasts to elite athletes – to ensure that our pupils lead healthy and fulfilling lives at School and beyond. We strongly believe in the educational value of training to work as part of a team, competing according to individual levels of attainment, and the personal development that the process of winning and losing can provide.
Oakham has an enviable reputation for excellent coaching and mentoring in a variety of sports. We are proud to be a well-recognised training ground for national squads. Last year over 100 pupils progressed to the national finals in over 10 different sports. Our full-time Strength and Conditioning coach works closely with all coaching staff to devise training programmes that ensure our top performing athletes are in peak physical condition.
Our facilities are outstanding. They include more than 40 acres of the best grass playing areas in the country, a multi-purpose sports centre, an indoor pool, two floodlit all-weather pitches for hockey and tennis, squash courts, a strength and conditioning room, fives courts and a fitness centre. The cricket square is first class standard and we are proud to host county matches as well as school fixtures.
We give our pupils the opportunity to experience a wide variety of sports, both team and individual, through the timetabled PE and games programme, and many pupils choose to study Sport Science at GCSE, A-level and the IB.
Oakham pupils enjoy an outstanding record of success at local, regional and national levels. At any one time, around 60 boys and girls are representing their county or country in their chosen sport, and we are very proud that the list of Old Oakhamians representing their country at national and international level is impressive and ever-increasing.
I joined Oakham in 2005 as Head of Sport Science and Director of Athletics, having worked in similar roles both in this country and Australia. I have been Director of Sport at Oakham since 2006; I coach rugby, run boys tennis, teach IB and A-level Biomechanics and am actively involved in research to develop psychological skills in young people.