Sport is taken seriously at Bilton Grange, and we are lucky to have extensive sports fields and facilities, including a new hockey pitch, a 25m swimming pool, a sports hall, newly surfaced netball / tennis courts, a nine-hole golf course and squash courts.
From developing motor skills at an early age in their first years at school to preparing elite athletes for sports scholarships at the top end of the school, the range of sports and PE at Bilton Grange is inclusive and unrivalled.
All children have a chance to play and represent the school in the major team sports, but they can also explore other pursuits and passions including racket sports, swimming, golf and horse riding, and we have fixtures against other schools in these pursuits as well.
We have a strong record of success at County, Regional and National levels, across different sports and in several age groups. Our Assistant Head, Paul Nicholson, currently plays for the England Over 55 Hockey team, and he brings this experience to coaching our 1st XI hockey squad. In addition to our expert coaches on the staff, we have a full calendar of visits from outside coaches and international sports players to inspire and encourage all our sports teams.
Our approach to sport is to be inclusive – for some children sport may not be their most obvious talent. However the experiences of working as a team, and winning and losing graciously, are relevant for all levels of ability and enthusiasm and can give all children the skills to enable them to participate in and enjoy sport.
Whatever the outcomes of our extensive fixtures list against other schools, we welcome and appreciate the huge level of support we have from parents on the sidelines – and everyone enjoys a legendary BG match tea!
The England Rugby player progression pathway has been in operation at Bilton Grange since 2015. Pupils are coached a breadth of key skills that include: running, passing, support play, tackling, decision making, defence, offence, the ruck, the scrum and kicking from hand. We ensure that all of our players are given the opportunity to represent the school and that they feel comfortable and confident in doing so.
Bilton Grange is very fortunate to have a full size hockey astro, the Ken Waydelin hockey pitch. Pupils are coached the skills of ball control, pass and receive on the move, goal scoring, off-ball movement, individual defence and team defence. There are opportunities for further Hockey coaching at Rugby School as part of our on-going hockey programme.
The girls start playing netball from Yr 2 at Bilton Grange. They learn the basic ball handling skills, rules of the game and play invasive games that help their understanding of spatial awareness. Moving up the School the girls play competitive games against other schools from Yr 3. The girls develop both their attacking and defensive netball skills through technical and tactical coaching sessions planned by our experienced teaching staff. We have had good success in reaching the IAPS National finals on a number of occasions and many of our first team girls have played at county level with a few selected for the Wasps Hub squad.
The ground staff at Bilton Grange prepare high quality grass wickets for the pupils to enjoy and experience the game of cricket during the Summer term. Parents very much enjoy watching their children play cricket in whites on our well prepared and groomed fields. The key skills of bowling, batting, fielding are broken down into their constituent parts to ensure that each pupil progresses with their hand-eye coordination, their catching, throwing and that their ability to concentrate for longer periods of time expands.
The children develop their ability to catch, throw, bat, and field in addition to good teamwork and sport etiquette. Pupils develop refined communication skills and cohesive teamwork through rounders game play. Pupils also develop creative thinking to outwit opponents with the placement of the ball and apply batting and fielding tactics to place their team at an advantage.