“Sport has the power to change the world,” Mandela said. “It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.” Nelson Mandela
Underpinned by an ethos of ‘sport for all’, sport at Eaton Square Mayfair aims to encourage participation in all of our pupils, offering opportunities for competition, and supporting excellence in those who strive for it. Our goal is to engender a lifelong enjoyment and participation in sport and exercise in our pupils.
Sport’s universal framework for learning values, such as team building, perseverance and self- discipline, contributes immeasurably to the soft skills needed for a successful life beyond school.
We are committed to providing opportunity for participation, enjoyment and performance in a range of physical activities with active, challenging and dynamic learning situations.
Lessons are designed to cater for each individual pupil in respect of promoting the development of movement coordination and the acquisition of motor skills. It is essential that pupils understand the benefits of exercise and it is hoped that this will stimulate a lasting interest in sport and physical recreation.
Pupils have a 90-minute, and a 120-minute Games lesson per week, as well as one 50-minute Physical Education lesson. In this time, pupils are encouraged to enhance their inter-personal skills in co-operative and competitive situations and appreciate the importance of personal qualities relating to sportsmanship and fair play.
The psychological benefits of sport are of vital importance and through consistent participation, pupils who are given the opportunity to succeed, irrespective of ability, develop self-esteem and self-confidence.
A major strength of ESM sport is our committed, passionate, and expert teaching and coaching staff. The department offers specialist coaches across our major sports and can boast an extensive range of playing and coaching experience in our staff.
In 18/19, ESM sport took part in 71 extramural sports fixtures across Athletics, Football, Rugby, Cricket, Hockey, Netball and Swimming. Incredibly, over 76% of pupils have represented the school in sport, including 100% of pupils in Years 7 and 8.
Competitively we have introduced a girls’ football team, two netball, where possible; two rugby, hockey, and football teams in each year group, an athletics squad, and a competitive swim squad. The Sports Department has also run a number of well attended clubs throughout the academic year including football, fencing, cross-country, cross-fit, table tennis, rugby, multi-sports, golf, and swimming.
We have also run a number of trips and visits throughout this academic year, most notably the Sports and Culture Tour of South Africa and the school’s annual ski trip. Alongside these larger overseas trips, we have taken trips to watch ‘The Varsity Match’ at Twickenham Stadium, to watch international netball and hockey matches, and to attend the SCWC at Lords.
“In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more than that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?”
– Jesse Owens
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