Cricket and Rugby are the core sports for boys at St Benedict's. Rugby is played across both the Michaelmas and Lent terms, with cricket in the Trinity term. Hockey and Netball are the core sports for girls in the Michaelmas and Lent terms respectively. In the Trinity term girls do athletics or play rounders. Fencing is also a core sport offered to both boys and girls throughout the year.
Excellent sports facilities including a sports hall, fitness suite and dance studio at school complement the fourteen acres of playing fields a mile away at Perivale. These include a full size AstroTurf pitch which is used for hockey and netball. The Sports Department has over fifteen dedicated specialists who are all devoted to achieving sporting excellence throughout the school. They deliver a full and varied curricular and co-curricular programme to ensure that all pupils are engaged in and can enjoy their sport and achieve their potential. The team includes a designated strength and conditioning coach who works alongside all teams in all sports and also trains our gifted and talented athletes.
We promote the highest sporting aspirations and competitive sport is an integral part of life at St Benedict's. On Saturdays and during the week the School can play as many as thirty fixtures in various sports against other schools, both local and further afield. The fixture list is highly competitive and has grown in all the major sports.
We also participate and compete in other activities such as Badminton, Basketball, Dance, Tennis, Swimming and Volleyball. As pupils progress within the School they are offered an increasing range of sporting options, with football, horse-riding and personal fitness training available in the Sixth Form. We believe that all pupils should participate in and enjoy sport as part of our goal to promote a healthy lifestyle. By offering a wide sporting choice our aim is to create a challenging and rewarding environment that matches and stimulates the needs and desires of all our pupils.
Rugby has enjoyed particular national and international success in recent years with numerous capped schoolboy internationals as well as success in winning the Daily Mail National Cup and the National Sevens Tournament.
Hockey is the most recent addition to the sports programme with a growing fixture list and an enthusiastic staff team led by the Head of Hockey. The international size AstroTurf hockey pitch at the games field is a wonderful facility that has given this sport a huge boost. In 2014 the U16 XI girls' team won the London Schools trophy and the pre-season hockey tour to Holland was a resounding success. Over twenty boys and girls are now playing hockey at county level or above.
Netball successes include several local tournament victories and an improving win ratio in fixtures against other schools. The U18s have had highly successful tours to Barbados and Sri Lanka and have reached the Finals of the Middlesex Cup for the last two years. In 2015 there will be a combined tour of South Africa by the 1st and 2nd Hockey and Netball teams.
Fencing is going from strength to strength. Individual fencers have won gold, silver and bronze medals in local and national competitions while the fencing teams have enjoyed success against some of the top schools in the country.
The 2012 cricket season has been the most successful yet and, for part of the Trinity term, the 1st XI was ranked as the No. 1 School in the country.
Athletics takes place at Perivale track, which is a few hundred yards from the games field. As the home of Ealing, Southall and Middlesex Athletics Club the track provides excellent facilities for both track and field events. It hosts the annual School Sports Day when house rivalry reaches its climax.
In September 2015 we will be introducing the opportunity for students taking dance to study for the IDTA freestyle graded examination. The IDTA (International Dance Teacher’s Association) offers a Grade 5 Freestyle exam which is recognised by OFQUAL on the Qualifications & Credit Framework (QCF). This exam is a Level 2 qualification and gives 10 credits within the QCF. It will provide an excellent addition to a student’s CV. This opportunity is open to all students choosing dance for their Wednesday afternoon games option. Students will study a range of dance disciplines and develop their performance skills and technique, preparing them for their exam at the end of the course.
The Sporting day kicks off very early in the school's large and well equipped sports hall, which is complete with a dance studio/fencing salle and a modern fitness suite with twenty-four cardio machines and a state of the art weight training facility. It is a very busy and highly active centre within the school complex, opening each morning at 7.45am and available to pupils throughout the day including at lunchtime and after school.
There are also additional clubs to get involved in including Badminton, Basketball, Dance, Kayaking, Swimming, Table Tennis and Volleyball.
Each Senior School pupil enjoys a full afternoon Games session at the playing fields and, in Years 7 through to 9, one Physical Education lesson a week in the Sports Hall. The delivery of Sports Studies at GCSE and AS / A2 has been a notable addition in recent years to the department’s remit and one that has aided and improved our sporting participation, as pupils’ knowledge and understanding of training concepts, physiology, nutrition and sports psychology have improved.
Please visit the St Benedict's Sports page on http://schoolssports.com for details of fixtures and results.