About sport

Sport is compulsory at St Paul’s and all students are required to play a summer and a winter sport. Students are advised to choose carefully before making their commitment as there is a clear expectation that students finish the full season of their chosen sport.

Students need to choose one sport but can play another if time permits and it does not negatively impact on their academics. Clubs are also available for students in addition to a student’s sporting commitment. When there is a clash of times for practices and competitions the sport commitment takes priority.

Boarders must meet their sport commitments before taking leave. Students are also advised to give notice to their coaches if they are unavailable to attend practices or competition due to sickness or injury. This should be in the form of a note with their housemaster’s signature. It is inexcusable for students to miss practice without reason. Students are responsible for communicating with coaches and managers. Even if injured, students are still expected to attend practice, to be helpful and supportive and to observe new drills and team plays.


St Paul’s endeavours to meet the sporting needs of all students however it may not be possible to offer all sports options where the School does not have the coaching expertise available or enough participating students to form teams.

Below is a list of the sports options currently available to students. More in-depth information about each sport can be found here.

Summer options

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Clay Bird Shooting
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Canoe polo
  • Golf
  • Futsal
  • Mountain biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rowing
  • Sevens Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Touch rugby
  • Water polo
  • Volleyball.

Winter options

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Clay Bird Shooting
  • Cross country
  • Cycling/multisport
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Rock climbing
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Water polo
  • Weight training