Sport plays a huge role at Aldro and in the lives of all our pupils. Our aim is to promote enjoyment and a sense of fun through participation in all sports whilst endeavouring to improve skill levels and develop an understanding of the values that are the backbone of team sports.
We strongly encourage participation and strive to breed a desire to be active and healthy. We work hard to develop sportsmanship and an overall understanding of both winning and losing in order to develop well- rounded young men. We are determined to deliver sport for all whilst maintaining our position as one of the best prep schools for sport in Surrey.
There is no better example of the ethos of the school than the annual Grimston Cup. Every pupil in the school takes part in this cross-country competition by year group and the pupils all cheer on their Squad team mates.
All pupils play sport every day and we pride ourselves on fielding representative teams covering the whole spectrum of abilities on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday match days. Our main sports are Football, Rugby and Rugby Sevens, Hockey and Cricket, but we play a host of other sports too.
27 football teams
19 rugby teams and
19 cricket teams
Last year these teams collectively played 202 football fixtures, 117 rugby matches and 86 cricket matches against other schools.
Every pupil gets the opportunity to represent Aldro across all the major sports. We also have provision in place for pupils who do not want to play particular sports (e.g. non-contact group for rugby).
The pupils have a pre-season football camp at Aldro open to the whole school which regularly gets more than 100 pupils attending. This year there was a very enjoyable pre-season football tour to Villarreal. There is an annual pre-season rugby tour to Sherborne for about 75 boys from Years 6-8 and pre-season cricket nets are open to all the pupils throughout the Lent Term and Easter holidays.
In July 2015 the Earl of Wessex KG GCVO opened The Aston Sports Centre which provides a fantastic new sports facility for cricket nets, basketball, badminton and PE. This has also enabled Aldro to set up its own Cricket Academy for our pupils.
In the spring of 2018 former England and Surrey cricketer and Director of Cricket at Charterhouse Martin Bicknell officially opened our new outdoor cricket nets.
Every summer the Director of Sport leads the Aldro Summer School of Sport. This is open to all pupils and their friends from other schools and is run by a team of Aldro staff. Activities include bike rides, swimming, tug-of- war and a wide range of other sporting activities which run from 10am-3pm each day in the first week of the summer holidays.