At Christ Church Cathedral School every pupil has their part to play on the sports field. Our aim is for every boy to have an opportunity to represent his school, if he so wishes, and we will ensure that the level of coaching is appropriate to the ability of the pupil. We place tremendous store by our coaching and as such, though a small school, we field extremely competitive teams. Every year we produce sportsmen who are amongst the very best in their age group when they arrive at their senior schools.
Sport can teach us so much: the pleasure of competition, the confidence gained from success, the strength of character gained from a loss, the cooperation with others which comes from being in a team and, above all, the joy of physical activity. Rugby, football and cricket are played on our unrivalled sports field, with its immaculate pitches and the backdrop of the dreaming spires which surround them.
We have a popular after school football club and, in the Michaelmas half term, a football course coached by Premiership players is available to the boys of the school. Towards the end of Trinity Term we hold our Sports Day, an occasion when athletic prowess is much in evidence. The boys practise on the University’s running track at Iffley Road, where Sir Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile. The younger years go swimming in the University pool, a short walk past Christ Church Meadow and across the new rainbow bridge over the Cherwell, while hockey is played on the College astroturf. Back at the school we make use of the College squash courts.