St Benedict's to Start Playing Football

Major shift for one of the country's top rugby schools

Schools says move introduces more variety to sports provision. Picture: Gorodenkoff/


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February 22, 2024

St. Benedict’s School in Ealing has announced that it will be introducing football into its sports provision for the first time in its history.

Traditionally, the school has not played the sport, preferring instead to focus on rugby for the two winter terms.

Despite a relatively small in-take and the move to co-education, this has not prevented it being one of the top rugby schools in the country finishing third in the 2021 SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy in 2021. The school’s U-15s won the Daily Mail Cup at a final in Twickenham in 2005.

Starting in September 2024, football will be played alongside the school's long standing, traditional main sports of Rugby, Hockey, Cricket, Netball and Fencing. It says this aims to increase variety and accommodate the demand to offer the national game and sees the move as a welcome introduction to the sports programme.

Headmaster, Joe Smith, who joined the school last September, said, “The addition of football continues to build on a programme of sporting excellence within the school and will evolve significantly, year on year.

“St Benedict’s takes pride in encouraging all boys and girls to participate in sport and health-promoting physical activity as well as supporting those who wish to compete at any level. The opportunity for able and committed athletes to pursue sporting excellence is important to us all.

“‘We are extremely excited by this new sporting chapter for St Benedict’s and much work is taking place behind the scenes to ensure that Football is integrated as seamlessly as possible into the school, and into the games provision.”

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