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We aim to engage and inspire children across all ages and abilities through a wide variety of sporting experiences. We recognise the mental and physical benefits of sport along with the broader life skills and positive behaviours that come from playing and competing. The character qualities required to be successful in sport are essential to academic achievement and life.

Sport at Embley helps children grow as individuals; from enthusiastic beginners to those pursuing sporting excellence in an established discipline. And we celebrate every level of achievement across our community, but not at a cost to those who simply want to participate for fun and be part of a team. 

Embley’s core sports are rugby (boys), hockey (girls and boys), netball (girls) and cricket (girls and boys). More information regarding our fixtures, teams and results are available on our Sports Fixtures Microsite. As part of Senior Games (Year 11+), students can also enjoy a wider range of choice during lessons in addition to our core sports. This includes rock climbing, paddle boarding, kayaking, golf, archery, tennis, basketball and gym.

Sailing has been a popular sport for a number of years across the school with many Senior School and Sixth Form enjoying our Keelboat Programme. Students have the opportunity to enjoy sailing during their Games lessons.

Elite rugby coaching programme with SW7 Academy

Embley has partnered with SW7 Academy, which is co-founded by Sam Warburton (former international captain of Wales, Cardiff and the British & Irish Lions) to provide students with an elite performance training programme that is usually only available to top rugby academies and professional teams.

The partnership helps students become better athletes using the unrivalled knowledge and expertise of the SW7 Academy team. The strength and conditioning programme is written specifically for Embley students with moderations for different age groups to aid in their development. Students also benefit from pitch conditioning sessions, off feet conditioning and recovery sessions. Click on the link to watch a short video with Sam Warburton about the programme.

Sports scholarships

Our ‘Good to Great’ performance programme helps our most talented athletes exceed expectations in their chosen discipline and links directly to our Sport’s Scholarship programme. ‘Good to Great’ is split into three core areas, offering:

Embley’s A teams (core sports): Pre-season training; a specialist sports curriculum; bespoke coaching; an opportunity to play at district, county and potentially national competitions; and the chance to take part in one of our national or international ‘Sports Tours’.

Identified teams: Embley A team pathway+; access to physiotherapy; physiological and psychological profiling; video analysis; and nutritional guidance

Individual elite performers: Partnerships with leading clubs and coaches, bespoke strength and conditioning, and mentoring.