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Sport for the boys is centred around the major games of rugby, football and cricket.
Rugby is one of the major boys' games. Training commences at the beginning of the Michaelmas term and the season continues through to the end of the Lent term. The boys start learning to play rugby in the Pre-Prep department from year 2 and this is built on in games in the Prep School. We are affiliated to the ESRFU and as such follow the guidelines laid down in the RFU continuum concerning junior players. Our U9 teams play mini rugby with 9 players on the pitch, the U10 and U11 teams play midi rugby with 12 players, whilst years 7 and 8 combine to play 15-a-side.
As a department we are firm believers in allowing as many of the boys to play in competitive matches as possible. To this end, we regularly put out A and B fixtures and on occasion have managed to play C and D matches as well. In order to further increase opportunities for the boys, the house rugby competition encompasses all those boys who would like to represent their house at the sport.
The boys won the Sussex Rugby Cup in 2007 and are current holders of the Cumnor House Rugby Sevens and also won the Windlesham Sevens in 2009. They were also runners up in the county sevens in 2009 and 2011. The younger age groups are developing well and the U11 rugby boys enjoyed a highly successful season. Our boys are currently training with the Harlequins development squad.
The main football term is the Michaelmas term, although football is taught throughout the winter season from September onwards. Teams are run from year 3 upwards. The younger children are taught in two weekly games sessions and play in small sided, competitive games on some Wednesday afternoons. In year 4 we run A, B, C and D teams whenever we can and in this way we manage to include all of the boys in a school team.
The boys play more matches as they progress through the school. In year 6 the footballers take part in friendly games with other independent schools and also in the thriving Brighton, Hove and District Primary Schools' competitions. Brighton College supports sport in the local community and hosts many of the local events in football, including 7-a-side competitions and Brighton Schools' cup matches. In the last five years we have hosted the city's under 11 cup final. Our head of department runs the district primary school football and the city's schoolboy representative team at under 11. The school has strong links with the local centre of excellence at Brighton and Hove Albion.
We combine years 7 and 8 in games sessions and try as often as possible to arrange fixtures for A, B, C, and D teams. The boys are encouraged to reach high standards of skill and sportsmanship, but always the emphasis is on enjoyment. The under 13 boys play in the annual Ardingly tournament and in the National IAPS sixes. We also travel to London for tournaments and matches.
The U11 boys qualified for the final group stage of the Brighton & Hove primary schools' 7 aside competition for the first time last year and also reached the semi final of the Gills Shield. The U11 boys reached the semi final of the Geerts Shield and the final stages of the ESFA District 7 aside competition in 2010. In 2010 the U13 boys won the Breeze Cup 5 aside competition in Eastbourne and were also 2nd in the country in the IAPS six-a-side competition. Two of our footballers were chosen to represent Brighton District Schools' football teams last year.
In 2010, the U13 boys had a good cricket season, the highlight of which was winning the Ashdown six-a-side Tournament in a thrilling final!
We field teams at every age group down to under 8 and try to involve as many children as possible in competitive cricket.
Girls also enjoy cricket at the prep school.