Sport at Parkside School

Sport at Parkside plays a big part in the boy’s school life. Our aim is to deliver a fun, engaging and challenging environment for all, whilst pushing boys to reach and go beyond their potential.

All boys represent the school in competitive fixtures in our 4 major sports and have opportunities to represent the school in a number of other sports. The boys have two Games lessons a week, where they will work on specific themes related to a specific sport and they also play competitive matches against other schools.

Sport at Parkside is very much an opportunity for boys to build their skill level, knowledge and fitness levels – but it also provides much more. Through sport, the boys build leadership, communication, team work and self-discipline skills.

Our 4 major sports are:

  • Football 
  • Rugby
  • Hockey
  • Cricket

In addition to our major sports, there are opportunities to represent the School in Swimming Galas, Water Polo, Tennis, Cross Country, Athletics and Golf. 

PE - Parkside emphasises the importance on Physical Education. In Physical Education lessons, boys study Invasion Games, Net and Wall games and Striking and Fielding games, as well as Gymnastics and Health Related Exercise.

Swimming – The boys at Parkside swim all year round, and alternate Swimming and PE on a weekly basis. In their Swimming lessons, the boys learn the major strokes; front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke and butterfly. All boys are offered opportunities to represent the school in numerous Swimming Galas throughout the year. They are also taught the fundamentals of Water Polo in these lessons and enjoy matches across the year.

House Events – The boys compete in a number of Sporting House Matches throughout the year in a range of sports. These include Football, Rugby, Hockey, Cricket, Cross Country and Swimming. The last House Event of the academic year is the most popular: Sports Day gives the opportunity for the boys to showcase what they have learned throughout the year as they compete in a number of different track and field events.

Athletics – During the summer term, the boys represent Parkside at different competitive Athletics events. During PE lessons, they learn, practice and develop their technique in a number of throwing, jumping and running events.

Cross Country – The boys participate in regular competitive Cross Country event throughout the spring term. This culminates in the end of autumn term ‘Parkside Cross Country Run’, which presents a challenge but lots of fun too.

Pre-Prep – Throughout the year, the pre-prep boys have PE lessons, Swimming lessons and Games lessons every week. The boys in Years 1 and 2 also play in fun based matches against other local schools in both Football and Cricket.

Extra-Curricular – Sport is not limited to the school day; the boys also have plenty of opportunities to join a variety of extracurricular clubs which run throughout the year. These clubs are detailed in our Enrichment Club Programme

Elite Sporting Development Programme – Parkside offer an Elite Sporting Development Programme, which encourages the progression of highly able sportsman by further developing their skills and preparing for their future sporting adventures. The assessments are open to all boys in Years 4 – 8 and they take place at the start of each term. The boys who are successful in the assessment process, will have the opportunity to further develop their fitness levels and skill level during the early morning weekly club.