Whether it's the development of crucial life skills, the value of competition or simply the sheer enjoyment that it brings, sport is integral to the daily routine at Eaton House.
In addition, we believe that being regularly active enhances not only the girls' academic performance but also, more crucially, their physical and emotional well-being. A healthy body can so often lead to a healthy mind.
All our sports are taught and coached by subject specialists with a real passion for making sport accessible for all. We are also firm believers in offering a full range of sports so that the girls never perceive any sports as being off-limits simply because of their gender. Football is now played by girls of all ages, and, having introduced cricket in 2017 to the senior girls, we are now able to field teams in this as well as rounders in the summer.
Swimming, PE and games feature on the timetable for all girls. PE lessons focus on core skills such as fitness, balance, coordination and flexibility whereas games sessions often incorporate either training for our key sports or the matches themselves. In the autumn term we focus on netball and cross-country running, in the spring term our attention turns to hockey and football as well as cross-country running, and in the summer term we play cricket and rounders and do athletics. By the time the girls are in Year 3 (aged 7-8) they are all playing in competitive fixtures against other London prep schools.
Facilities at The Manor
At The Manor we are proud to have two indoor sporting facilities: the sports hall and the gym. These enable the girls to utilise large, open, well-equipped spaces throughout the academic year no matter what the weather conditions. When playing or training outdoors, we use Clapham Common for a number of our sports, and we also use the all-weather hockey pitches at a nearby sports complex. With swimming being such a valuable life skill and a great way to develop fitness and flexibility, we take the girls to Clapham Leisure Centre once a week for the full seven years they are with us.
Clubs and activities
For those girls who wish to add more sport to their weekly routine, we offer daily clubs and activities in all our major sports. In addition, tennis, gymnastics and cheerleading also currently appear on our extracurricular programme. Whereas these activities all take place before 8:30am or after 4:00pm, squad training sessions run at lunchtimes in order to ensure girls can access as much coaching as possible without having to extend their school day.
With committed and enthusiastic staff, access to excellent facilities, and an ethos which fuses competitive spirit with fair play, our girls can spend many hours training and playing each week. As a result, we enjoy a high degree of success at local and national level.
Being part of a team and learning how to respond to victory and defeat are invaluable by-products of the sporting experience. Thus, whether it's on or off the pitch, life lessons abound.