Sport for Girls


Sporting provision for girls at Bede’s is second-to-none, emphasising both top-level competitive play and involvement purely for fun.

For our top-flight athletes, this will often mean year round training in their specialist areas as supported by our Directors of Sport in Cricket, Football, Hockey and Tennis, including via one-to-one coaching, to offer those pupils up to 20 hours per week of sport. 

Supporting individuals as well as whole teams through the Sports Academies, Bede’s full-time Strength and Conditioning Coach Tony Morriss provides personalised training regimes, dietary advice and mental and physical health support out of Bede’s cutting-edge Fitness Suite.

Typically however, girls at Bede’s play Hockey in the Winter term, Netball in the Spring and either Cricket, Tennis or Rounders in the Summer. Teams are fielded at U18, U15 and U14 level in all of these sports and in some cases U19s, 2nds, 3rds, 4ths and a range of B, C and D teams are also fielded from year-to-year.

In some cases, girls also train with Bede’s boys’ teams in Football and Cricket, with Bede’s enjoying a strong history of Girls’ Football and Girls’ Cricket in their own right, and the School also runs a number of girls-only Sports Clubs including in Volleyball.

Elsewhere, the School’s 20-strong Sports Club programme supports a diverse range of sporting options, from Shooting, Sailing and Golf to Athletics, Cross Country and Riding, with each of these Club sports seeing girls enjoying top-level specialist coaching which has enabled a significant number of Bede’s girls to compete for the County, Region or Country in these areas.

Finally, Bede’s also provides a range of non-competitive sport and fitness options, many of which are open only to girls, including Zumba, Street Dance, Pilates and Meditation.

Possibly most importantly, our girls’ sport programmes are anything but fixed; depending on demand and feedback from the School Council our team of on-site and peripatetic coaches are always happy to introduce new options for our girls which have, in the past, included the likes of Girls’ Rugby, Archery, Water Polo and Table Tennis.

David Byrne
Coming from my background in the professional leisure industry, I can say with some authority that the opportunities Bede's students have, both in terms of coaching and facilities, are absolutely outstanding.

David Byrne, Head of Sport and Player Development Coach

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Sport for Girls staff

Aside from academia, I believe in helping students to develop social skills and encourage them to cooperate, share and help others.

David Caryer, Director of Football, Teacher of Physical Education and Knights House Tutor

A large part of my life has been dedicated to proving that careers in Hockey are completely possible for those with drive, talent and determination.

Kevin Johnson, Director of Hockey, Teacher of Physical Education and Dorter House Tutor

The facilities and coaches at Bede's make it an ideal place for a budding sportsperson.

Mary-Jane Newbery, Head of Physical Education and Bloomsbury House Tutor


The best thing about my job is seeing a student I'm coaching smile because they have achieved something new, improved or had a breakthrough. It gives me a huge buzz.

Alan Wells, Director of Cricket and Stud House Tutor