Sports Overview

The extensive provision for sport and other physical activities means that pupils are physically fit and enjoy fully the wealth of health-related fitness activities. A good number gain places on national and regional sports teams, including in rugby, rowing, hockey and cricket.

ISI Inspection Report March 2014

Sport at Pangbourne caters for the best and provides for everyone.

The philosophy Pangbourne subscribes to is that of developing the ability of every child in multiple sports throughout their time at the College.

Pangbourne offers broad sporting experiences to all pupils and ensures that elite athletes get specialist and high-quality coaching to improve in their chosen sport every term.

There are opportunities for students to play competitive sport every week and they are encouraged to play a variety of sports throughout the year.

Students engage in sport four times a week and play in matches on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Pangbourne provides high-quality coaching and organises highly-competitive fixture cards.

In every sport, the objective is to have a ‘winning season’ whereby the team or individual win more games than they lose.

Sporting Calendar for Form 3-Upper Sixth
Terms Boys' Major Boys' Minor Girls' Major Girls' Minor
Michaelmas Rugby Elite Rowing
Riding
Sailing
Hockey Riding
Sailing
Elite Rowing
Lent Hockey
Rowing

Sailing Basketball Riding     Rugby 7s

Netball
Rowing
Riding
Sailing Rugby 7s   
Summer Rowing
Cricket
Riding 
Tennis
Swimming
Sailing
Athletics
Tennis
Rowing
Riding
 
Swimming
Polo
Sailing
Athletics
Sporting Calendar for Dunbar (Forms 1-2)
Terms Boys’ Major Boys’ Minor Girls’ Major Girls’ Minor
Michaelmas Football N/A Hockey N/A
Lent Rugby N/A Netball N/A
Summer Cricket Tennis
Swimming
Athletics
Rowing
Tennis Swimming
Athletics
Rowing
 

The three sports for which College is best known are hockey, rugby and rowing.

Pangbourne has a long-term player development programme called ‘Synergy’ which allows pupils who compete at an international standard to exclusively focus on their sport – whatever it may be - for all three terms.

Students competing below that level – for instance, at county or regional level – who have aspirations to be an international are included in the 'Synergy' programme and there are between 30-35 pupils involved in the scheme.

Students have represented Great Britain in rowing, been picked at county level in cricket and regional level in hockey, and been selected for the England Lambs rugby squad. Sports scholarships are awarded at 11+, 13+ and 16+. 

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Pangbourne is home to 230 acres of beautiful grounds, in which there are six rugby pitches, four cricket squares, two grass hockey pitches, two grass football pitches, an Astroturf hockey pitch and a 400-metre grass running track.

The senior school uses Bowden Playing Fields for cricket and rugby, while the junior school plays rugby and cricket on White's Playing Field. Cricketers also have the opportunity to use the outdoor cricket nets on Big Side.

In addition, there is a modern cricket pavilion, a 25-metre outdoor swimming pool, two squash courts, and five tennis and netball courts, three of which have been recently refurbished. Students have access to the newly refurbished Sports Hall, which has a balcony for spectators, and the superbly-equipped strength and conditioning suite which is a popular facility within the Pangbourne community.

Most of Pangbourne’s sports pitches are also regularly used for prep and primary school tournaments, and girls’ and boys’ rugby sevens tournaments.

Pangbourne Boat Club are privileged to be served by their unique location on a quiet stretch of the River Thames.

Pangbourne Hockey Club go on tour every year, with the most recent destination for senior girls in October 2016 Barcelona; the Rugby Club toured Bordeaux in 2015-16; and the Boat Club regularly compete in prestigious domestic and international regattas.

Pangbourne wishes to foster a life-long love of sport and exercise in its students by providing a varied and challenging programme which will benefit all during and beyond life at the College.