The main aim of the sports department at Devonshire House is that every child leaves the school having enjoyed playing games. Sport plays a very important part in the life of the School. We regard our Sports Programme as an opportunity for children to develop personally and socially as well as physically through individual and team based activities. We seek to develop qualities of perseverance, co-operation, leadership and sportsmanship. Above all we want our children at Devonshire House to be passionate about sport and to develop interests that they will keep for life. Our sensitive approach means our boys and girls develop competence regardless of ability.
There is wide and varied range of sport on offer at Devonshire House:
U4 to U8 Boys will do football
U4 to U6 Girls will do netball
U4 Boys will do tag rugby
U5 to U8 Boys rugby
U4 Girls netball and dance
U5 to U6 Girls netball and football
U4 to U8 Boys will do cricket and athletics
U4 to U6 Girls will do rounders and athletics
We also take part in cross country running events and tennis tournaments throughout the year.
In the Upper School at Devonshire House, children have two 90 minute Games sessions and one 45 minute PE lesson each week. The Upper 4 children play Games on a Tuesday and Thursday morning, Upper 5 and Upper 6 children on a Monday and Thursday afternoon and our Upper 7 and Upper 8 children on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon.
We try to find fixtures against other schools for as many children as possible. Fixtures against some of our local schools sometimes involve 6 teams playing at once. Whilst we are able to encourage some children on to national standards and sports scholarships, being a reasonably large school means that not every child is able to represent the school every term so the emphasis is on skill development. We also have a hotly contested internal competition between the four houses in Football, Netball, Cricket and Rounders. Children get the opportunity to compete, in their year groups, against the other houses.
Our annual Sports Day takes place at Allianz Park where children get the opportunity to take part in a competitive athletics meet for their houses. The Devonshire House Sport Trophy is awarded to the winning House and children are encouraged to develop a great loyalty to their team and House in every tournament they take part in.