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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 Hilary 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. BCPS will be introducing the Kids First Rugby ‘New Rules Of Play’ for pupils in U7, U8 and U9 teams in 2015.
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 2013. 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. In 2014, BCPS introduced a new training plan for U8 footballers, based on the Manchester United 4v4 youth development. This has been very popular with parents, pupils and opposition players. The participants are able to develop their skills more successfully through this exciting and innovative programme. 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 ten years we have also 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 academy 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.
We field teams at every age group, from year 3 to year 8 and try to involve as many children as possible in competitive cricket, including girls. Two year 6 girls took the opportunity to train and compete in boys’ teams in 2014. The school has a number of all-weather nets and also grass nets. The cricket square at Brighton College is renowned for its quality and allows players to develop to their true potential. Cricket coaching begins in September and carries on throughout the winter under the guidance of specialist coaches.
The U10 boys’ tennis teams enjoyed a successful 2014. Both the A and the B teams reached the final of the Sussex Championships. The A team went on to win the match to become County champions. The school has developed some superb tennis players over the years, one of whom played Junior Wimbledon in 2014.