During the Summer term, our students practice and compete in Athletics. All students are encouraged to take part in athletics club activities after school, while core PE lessons also focus on key techniques. We regularly send students represented in the Hampshire Schools’ Athletic Association championships. Our vast grounds and facilities mean that our students are able to practice their running events on our full size track. We also have a number of throwing circles, a long jump pit and high jump facilities.
Cricket is the main sport for boys at Embley in the Summer term, as well as girls’ cricket for Years 7 to 10. Girls with a desire and ability to play in the boys’ fixtures are integrated seamlessly into the appropriate team. Underpinning the success of the cricket programme is our indoor winter programme that takes place during both the Autumn and Spring terms. The playing programme consists of fixtures against local teams and rivals further afield to a competitive standard. Our cricket team competes in the Hampshire Cup age group competitions at a variety levels from U12 to U15. Our 1st XI play an annual match against the MCC as well as touring overseas teams (from India and South Africa over the past seasons).
Biennial tours have taken place to India and last year we took a 1st XI squad to Cape Town. Pre-season tours have included the T20 Isle of Wight festival and Cornwall. We take our boys’ on a junior end of season tour to Surrey and Sussex, which sees the U12/13/14 age groups begin the touring process, where lifelong lessons are learnt about both cricket and importantly teamwork, camaraderie and understanding of cultures and customs.
Hockey is the main sport for the girls in the Autumn term and boys in the Spring term. Our aim is to provide a safe, enjoyable, fair, challenging, rewarding and positive experience for all students. All teams have fixtures every week throughout the term. Alongside a Games afternoon and a squad training session, we also offer an extra skills session if students wish to improve their individual core skills.
We currently have a Senior Squad, an U16 Cup Squad and U15, U14 and U13 for girls and boys. We regularly compete against other schools during the week and on a Saturday. Our challenging fixture list tests our players and prepares them to compete in the county tournaments. We enter the Hampshire County Tournaments and also the National Knockout Cup. We are very proud of the number of players who go on to representative honours at county, regional and national Level. In the past, we have produced U16 and U18 international players for England.
Netball is an evolving sport where the girls are expected to improve their strategic awareness of the game in addition to their physical dynamism from Year 7. We are represented in the England netball development pathway at the county satellite academies and have strong links with high level clubs such as Swan Netball Club. All students participate in a two hour Games session each week, where there is a strong emphasis on skill development, fitness for netball as well as learning how to work as part of a team. There is also an additional option of a team training activity as part of their after school programme, with the aim of improving team performance within a highly competitive environment. A full and extensive fixture list is also played throughout the term, where students test their team’s skills in local, regional and national school tournaments.
Embley is renowned for its rugby, which is the major boys’ sport in the Autumn term. Many of our players have earned representative honours, both at schoolboy and first class level. On Saturday afternoons we boast a varied and competitive fixture list against local and national opposition. Our students benefit from outstanding coaching from our highly qualified coaches. There is also plenty of opportunity to develop skills during weekly Games lessons, squad practice and development sessions and we run our EmbleyRugby Academy for U11s to U18s is delivered in partnership with Bath Rugby.
Each year group across the Senior School has an opportunity to experience a rugby tour, from local weekend trips to international excursions. We also run an exchange programme with Marist School, Canberra, Australia. giving students the opportunity to spend three months with a host family, attend Marist School and play an exciting style of fast paced rugby. This hosting is reciprocated, with our students hosting their exchange student for the school’s rugby season. It is a rare experience and one that has proved extremely beneficial to aspirational rugby players.