Sporting activity plays a significant role in both the physical and emotional development of pupils within our school.
We firmly believe that activity outside the classroom helps to provide a crucial platform for success inside the classroom, with our pupils always encouraged to get involved, to challenge themselves and be part of the team.
At the Senior School, we provide a wide variety of sporting opportunities that engages pupils of all ages and abilities. Our diverse range of timetabled Physical Education lessons, together with additional after-school and weekend sporting fixtures, allows pupils to develop and maintain physical fitness, whilst finding the sport or sports that they are passionate about.
Our state-of-the-art sporting facilities are all located in the one location, within our Senior campus, with 'Old Anniesland' home to five full-sized floodlit rugby pitches and two modern sand and water-based hockey pitches that convert into twelve tennis courts when required. The acres of green space allows us to host numerous sporting events, including cricket matches and athletics meets, with a sandpit and other dedicated areas for field events.
Within the Senior School building there are two large multi-purpose indoor gym halls that regularly play host to basketball, netball, martial arts and various other sporting activities.
Our sporting repertoire is complemented by talented and experienced PE Department staff, many of whom are current or former hockey and rugby internationalists.
Led by experienced coaching teams, our sporting provision develops individuals in an enjoyable but challenging environment that fosters the skills required to advance within each sport.
In rugby, at least two teams compete in each age group, meaning physically smaller players can develop without being overpowered, while our athletics, cricket and hockey provision sees boys and girls compete at various levels, both in-school and against other school teams from throughout the country.
Pupils benefit from taking part in several team sports throughout their time at our School. During the autumn and spring terms, hockey and rugby are the main focus of sporting action, while the summer term sees athletics and cricket take precedence.
Our hockey and rugby teams compete in a weekly inter-school league and cup competitions between August and March, including full 11/15-a-side action and a 'sevens season' towards the end of the campaign.
With weekly training sessions and practice matches used to hone technique and skills, we provide a valuable introduction to the competitive nature of sport and the dedication required to succeed.
In-school sporting events are just as competitive, with inter-house competitions part of a sporting calendar peppered with exciting annual events such as our senior swimming gala, the Mile Cup race and the McCann Kicking Competition.
The sporting year culminates with our annual Sports Day, where our star athletes are crowned in a number of athletic field events and the winning overall House takes home the Inter-House Sporting Shield.
High School pupils make a habit of achievement, impressing nationally in a number of individual and team sports. Recent accolades have included our cricketers winning the Forty Club Henry Grierson Team of the Year for 2018, Scottish Schools' Shield success for our 1st XV boys' rugby team and three consecutive BP Cup victories for our 1st XI girls' hockey team to go alongside an impressive Scottish Plate triumph for our S3 girls' team in 2020.
Our pupils regularly taste national success, winning individual and team gold in the pool and on the athletics track, as well as bringing home numerous titles in a wide variety of sports that have recently included aquathlon, cross country, indoor rowing and power boating.
High School teams compete regularly in national competitions and Scottish Schools' Championships, with a number of individuals excelling to the point of being selected to represent their country in Scottish, UK and worldwide events. The School currently has a number of pupils competing at age-grade level for Scotland in athletics, hockey and rugby, while, in recent times, others have been chosen to represent the country in badminton, cross country independent schools football and tennis.
Sport can take pupils to many wonderful places beyond the School.
Whether moving on to US or UK universities through scholarships or towards the next stage of a career in national and international sport, we support those choosing to pursue a sporting vocation. A number of former pupils have gone on to represent their country through sport and compete professionally.
We equally recognise the value and benefits a lifelong interest in sport has to people alongside their future careers with many of our pupils having gone on to use their sporting background and interests acquired during their time at school to secure future employment.