Sport and BCS now go hand in hand, as those who know the School’s reputation for sport will testify. At BCS we recognise the vital role sport and physical activity plays in ensuring physical and mental health. We are proud of the performance levels to which our pupils aspire, but we are about far more than that. Sport at this age is about participation, enjoyment, variety and skill development. Our children are taught to play for the love of it and let the results take care of themselves. These values and our ethos will endure and our pupils will continue to thrive in their chosen fields, despite the global challenges we face right now. We are uniquely placed to be able to respond, adapt and be flexible as national governing bodies advise.

How? Our pupils are blessed with facilities, resources and teaching expertise that far exceed expectations for a Prep school. These provide us with the fluidity to adjust our sporting seasons and implement a sporting programme of the highest quality; developing team play, individual skill and physical conditioning.

‘It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change’ . Charles Darwin

KEEPING OUR EYES ON THE PRIZE
Sport and competition run through the veins of SBCS pupils of all ages, and we intend to start from day one in September with an extensive games’ programme across the whole School. This will focus on our traditional strengths, with fluidity in the seasons giving us the flexibility to respond to any safety protocols which are in place. We are blessed with the space, freedom, resources and staff to allow us to adapt to an ever-changing sports environment.

Rugby – Rugby coaching will be maintained as RFU guidelines allow and will blossom when the time is right. The addition of Mr Gregory will support our games staff in coaching the Prep School teams, from the Under 8s through to the Under 11s, throughout the Michaelmas Term.

Hockey – Boys’ and girls’ hockey will develop alongside each other, with hockey expected to move more quickly to the full version of the game. After school hockey training is run by our knowledgeable staff, and additional expert coaching is provided by Kestrels Hockey coaches, The Prep School’s expansive all-weather AstroTurf will be put to good use from September.

Athletics – As the traditional athletics season was unfortunately lost to the nationwide lockdown, we will extend the season to September and look forward to some high-quality track and field performances from our pupils. This will take place under the expert and experienced PE staff and our newly appointed KS1 PE Co ordinator Mrs Fletcher.

SAQ – A full programme will run through our PE lessons, and pupils from Year 1-6 will be able to access drills within lessons to improve their fundamental skills. During our weekly games’ sessions, all pupils will also work on their individual fitness, in order to help improve their performance across all sports.

MAINTAINING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT
We live in an ever-changing world. It is our responsibility and duty at BCS to make judgements within our own community, whilst following government guidelines on safety, cleaning and hygiene as we restart our physical activity programmes. We have produced our own risk assessments, influenced by the individual national governing bodies of sport, with whom we work closely.
BCS will maintain high standards of sport provision and emerge stronger post Covid-19. With the facilities, resources, space and expert staff available to us, we have the flexibility and adaptability to offer pupils access to as many activities as possible, ensuring every child is engaged, motivated and inspired.

PARTICIPATION & COMPETITION
We are incredibly proud of our 100% participation rate, meaning that all our pupils represent the School in some form in a mixture of sports. BCS pupils take great pride in representing
their School and their Houses. Here are just a few examples of our fiercely contested Inter-House competitions:
• Rugby
• Hockey
• Cricket
• Netball
• Athletics
• Football
• X Country
BCS pupils thrive on competition, both on and off the sports field. To maintain this, we have introduced a full calendar of intra school competitions and increased the amount of House fixtures, to lift the brand new Termly awarded sports Cup. Our first intra school fixture starts next week with the House X-Country competitions taking place on Monday and Year 3 competition during the games’ sessions on Thursday afternoon.

Mrs Bennett