Sport is a fundamental part of a well-rounded education and an integral part of life at Claremont. At the Prep school, our aim is to create an environment where students can learn and develop skills in a broad range of sporting pursuits, as part of team and as an individual. We inspire pupils to compete and instil a life-long love of Sport so that when the winning stops, pupils continue to play sport at senior school and beyond. To do this we nurture a sporting environment of inclusion where an ‘A team’ is only as good as the development teams coming up through the ranks. We believe in hard work, commitment and team spirit. It’s not just the ‘taking part’ that counts, ‘playing YOUR part’ makes all the difference and although we have a competitive ‘Claremont spirit’, we always strive to be both humble in victory and gracious in defeat.
Coaching from a grass roots level means that key skills are taught early and by the time children reach the Prep School in Year 3, they are keen to test out their sporting skills on a more competitive level against other schools. Throughout the school year, a full fixtures programme allows them to do just that and includes inter-house matches and tournaments to also encourage healthy competition amongst peer groups. As resilience levels build, Prep School children are inspired to compete, whatever their level of ability and many quickly find their niche. Various lunchtime and after-school sports clubs provide further opportunity for children to do more of what they love or to simply try their hand at something new in a learning environment where all are welcome. For children who can demonstrate a particularly aptitude for sport, scholarships are awarded for entry into Year 7 and 9, whatever level of sporting ability, by the time prep school children leave for senior school, we aim to instil a love of sport that will endure well beyond Year 13.