Sport at BGS
Sport plays a major part in the curricular and extracurricular life at BGS and is considered an important part of our educational philosophy for the development of the whole individual.
We cater for boys and girls at all levels in a wide variety of sports and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle so that sport becomes central to the school experience.
We appreciate that sporting success is not simply measured on results. In striving to nurture the sporting potential of every BGS pupil – as well as talented athletes, – the School develops a fabulous experience of work and play, considering each pupil alone, with excellent facilities to support its varied programme.
Our sports’ facilities are renowned and include a 25m swimming pool, sports’ pavilion, all-weather pitch, squash, tennis courts and more. We have pupils participating at national and county levels, both at school and as Old Bradfordians.
With a strong tradition of success at the highest levels in many sports, the school’s rugby, netball and cricket teams have competed all over the world including Canada, Kenya, New Zealand, South Africa, USA and many more.
Throughout the year there is an extensive programme of fixtures. Most Saturdays are dedicated to inter school fixtures, but they also take place during the week, mostly after school.
Athletics forms an important part of the PE curriculum and is enjoyed by our pupils during summer term. Event training and coaching takes place in lessons and extra-curricular time. Our athletics teams compete in the Bradford Schools’ League, the English Schools Cup and for the District in the West Yorkshire Schools’ Championships. In addition to this we compete strongly in Independent Schools’ Meets in the North of England. Some of our pupils go on to represent the county at the English Schools’ Championships.
Badminton Club operates an open door policy for all age groups. Pupils (and staff) are welcome to come along and just play badminton for the sheer joy of it. The atmosphere is relaxed and a good standard of play is promoted at the sessions. You do not have to be an expert to come along as your skills will develop with help and advice from staff coaching. All welcome.
The school has a long and successful tradition of playing competitive cricket. It is the main summer sport played at BGS and the school runs many teams for our finest cricketers. Led by experienced, committed and knowledgeable members of the teaching staff, pupils also benefit from the advice and expertise of a professional coach.
The vast majority of matches are played on a Saturday with mid-week Cup and friendly fixtures supplementing the competitive programme. The school has a long and proud history of touring to destinations including Barbados, Kenya, the USA and Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Sri Lanka and Grenada.
Hockey is one of our major sports that gives pupils the opportunity to really develop their teamwork. For many, it also allows them to represent the school locally and nationally and for the elite to gain access to regional and national squads. Pupils also benefit from the advice and expertise of a professional coach.
Netball has continued to grow over the last few years, with the U16’s progressing through the National Schools’ Competition and the 1st VII reaching the last four in the Independent Schools’ Plate competition. The Senior netball players regularly embark on an overseas tour to destinations such as Australia, where they compete against some of the best junior netball teams in the world.
The girls work hard throughout the season, playing every Saturday against opposition from Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham, as well as playing regular midweek fixtures in the Bradford Schools’ League. We like to give everyone who wants to play netball the opportunity to represent BGS. Pupils also benefit from the advice and expertise of a professional coach. View the Netball tour brochure.
Rounders is a very popular summer sport giving pupils the opportunity to work as a cohesive team and to represent school in fixtures. Pupils particularly enjoy using their tactical knowledge to outwit their opponents. There is the opportunity for all girls to take part in Rounders with fixtures taking place on a weekday and on a Saturday.
Rowing is a very popular activity at BGS enjoyed by both boys and girls, and is not a sport offered by many schools in the region. The Rowing Club’s approach is one of steady and progressive development in a safe environment with opportunities for pupils to compete at local, regional and national level. Regular events include Head races (which are timed distance events) through the Winter and Spring, and Regattas during the Summer, including Bradford, York, Durham and Tees.
We also enter the National Schools’ events and the British National Championships. In October every year our top athletes have the opportunity to attend a training camp in the Netherlands hosted by Salland Rowing Club and to compete in the Vecht Race a Head race that actually starts in Germany! Pupils also benefit from the advice and expertise of two professional coaches.
Bradford Grammar School’s Rugby programme strives to foster a love of the sport within its pupils. We aim to deliver an enjoyable and challenging experience to all pupils regardless of their previous experience and ability. As a school, we are fortunate to have a dedicated and highly qualified Rugby team who cater for children of all abilities. From a Year 7 pupil who is picking up a ball for the first time, to an academy player performing at the highest level. Pupils have the opportunity to represent the School at A and B team level in all age groups.
In addition to fixtures every Saturday, during the Autumn Term the school also enters teams into the Natwest Schools’ Cup, the Daily Mail Trophy, Rosslyn Park Sevens Festival and many local and national Sevens’ tournaments. Our senior squad pupils, in Years 10 to 13, benefit from a highly professional structure which includes; access to weekly visits from a physio therapist; strong links with Yorkshire Carnegie and personalised strength and condition programmes delivered weekly by the club’s academy S and C coaches.
The professional tone is set each year by a pre-season camp for all 1st and 2nd XV players. Typically held in late August, BGS pupils gain access to some of the highest quality training facilities available. Every other year these camps are held overseas and thus afford BGS pupils an opportunity to experience Rugby within another culture. Pupils also benefit from the advice and expertise of a professional coach.
The BGS Squash Club caters for all levels of player. Our ultimate aim is to enable all pupils to achieve their maximum potential whilst enjoying the routines and controlled games used during coaching sessions. The Club uses the squash courts in School and at Heaton Tennis and Squash Club. We also benefit from some professional coaching, funded by England Squash.
The ‘Adrian Moorhouse’ pool boasts a 25m competition, six lane pool. It is a popular facility where pupils have the opportunity to expand their swimming skills through activities such as water polo, lifesaving and competitive swimming. The swimming pool is available for length swimming every morning for all pupils. Pupils take advantage of this opportunity and choose to swim leisurely lengths.
Lifeguarding is provided by a fully trained pool lifeguard from our Sixth Form. Pupils also represent the school teams in local, regional and national competitions. They also benefit from the advice and expertise of a professional coach.
Pupils have the opportunity to play table tennis for recreation, to represent School and to take part in individual competitions. We participate in the Bradford and West Yorkshire Schools’ table tennis partnership competitions and compete in the English Schools’ Team Competition. BGS is the strongest school in West Yorkshire with teams usually reaching the regional round of the English Schools Table Tennis Association (ESTTA) competition.
In 2016 we had two girls’ teams in the ESTTA Team Finals both finishing second. Pupils are successful in West Yorkshire Schools individual competitions and a number of players attend coaching sessions at various clubs in and around West Yorkshire. A number of pupils are members of regional development training squads and represent West Yorkshire in national competitions.
BGS hosts tennis tournaments each year. The boys’ teams take part in the HMC tournaments, Northern Schools’ Tournaments, Youll Cup, Thomas Bowl and Phillips Cup tournaments at Eton.
The girls’ teams take part in HMC Mixed Tournaments, Aegon schools team tennis competition, the Road to Wimbledon national competition, Tennis Festivals, Aberdare Cup, National Schools’ tournaments, the Jubilee Cup and ISTA Ashbury Bailey and Loveband tournaments at Eton. All tennis teams have the opportunity to tour, with an annual trip for the Under 15s and below and a two-yearly overseas tour for the older teams.