Throughout the year, Clifton pupils play 12 other competitive sports:
Association Football: Clifton boys play football in the Lent term and run eight teams. They use the 3G football pitch and have a dedicated 1st team grass pitch alongside. The 1st, 2nd and U15 teams play in the Mercian League.
Athletics: Clifton College athletes have taken part in national finals for the past ten years. The School’s sports complex features a jumping and throwing area and a 100 metre sprinting track. Clifton pupils take part in meetings each weekend, at venues across the South West.
Boys Hockey: Boys’ hockey benefits from Clifton’s wonderful hockey facilities, and hockey is now the major sport for boys in Lent Term. Although, the sport has been successful and Clifton have been county champions many times, it is hoped that, by prioritising the sport, Clifton will build on this success in future and compete nationally on a regular basis.
Cricket (Girls): Girls’ cricket is fast becoming the major game for girls in the Summer Term. Introduced to the Upper School in 2013, there are now regular fixtures and participation levels are high.
Cross Country: On average, fifty pupils take part in cross country, and race every weekend in local competitions. Each year, Clifton College sends pupils to the English Schools’ Cross Country Championships, representing Avon County. In 2014, Tor Kenny came second in the senior girl’s race.
Fencing: Fencing is played three times a week in the Michaelmas Term. The fencing team compete against other schools and clubs in the area and enter all of the major schools’ competitions. It is a thriving club with several fencers reaching regional recognition over the past five years.
Rackets: Clifton has its own rackets court, and boys and girls can drop in to practice during their free time. Dedicated players will practice three times a week and play at least one match in each week of the Michaelmas term. Clifton College pupils play schools across the South of England. Eton, Winchester and Charterhouse are just a few of the leading independent schools on the fixture card. Clifton play at Queen’s Club in the doubles and singles competition. Pupil Lea Van der Zwalmen is the 2014 U18 Girls Champion.
Real Tennis: Clifton College has regular access to the Bristol Real Tennis Club, which is situated on Clifton land. The boys and girls all try Real Tennis in their activity slots, and can choose to progress in the sport. Clifton takes part in the English Schools’ Championships and plays matches against Radley College.
Rugby 7s: The 7s programme at Clifton College runs twice a week during the Lent term. There is an U16 and U18 squad, and they enter three tournaments throughout the term. The squads also travel to the National Sevens at Roehampton.
Sailing: Sailing takes place for team racers at the wonderfully-equipped Chew Valley Lake and for the development squad at LLandegfedd reservoir. The boys and girls train and race in our flight of Fireflies and Toppers. Spinnaker sailing is in our Feva and Laser Stratos craft. We also have the opportunity to sail ‘big boats’ and Keel boating happens twice a year in Plymouth. There are weekly fixtures against schools such as Millfield, Sherborne, Canford and Bryanston as well as competing in regional and national BSDRA events.
Shooting: Competitions take place throughout the year in full-bore 7.62 mm and 5.56 mm. The College uses a variety of ranges, including HMS Flying Fox, Yoxter and Rogiet Moor. The season culminates at the annual Public Shooting Competition at Bisley.
Swimming: The swim team trains throughout the year, but the main season is in the Lent and Summer Terms. They train three times a week in Clifton College’s 25-metre indoor swimming pool.
Tennis: Boys’ and girls’ tennis takes place throughout the year during games afternoons. The College owns a three-court indoor tennis centre, and the tennis programme is directed by full–time professional coach, Kerris Wagstaff. The main season is in the Summer Term, when the school field 11 teams against local state and independent schools. Clifton are currently Aegon Bristol Champions at U18 and U15 level in both boys’ and girls’ categories.
Other sports which are played at a non-competitive level.
- Horse Riding
- Water Polo