Sport at Leighton Park

Cricket oval and pavilion

Sport, PE & Wellness
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Our students enjoy success in the Independent Schools Association competitions, with some of our Advanced Performer Programme members going on to the highest levels in their sports. We foster and celebrate these achievements, while ensuring that every student can enjoy being active, competing and developing their skills. Keen athletes can keep themselves active and play sports every day of the week, from our early swim and cardio classes at 6.30am through to games training under the floodlights in the evening.

Our All Weather Pitch was resurfaced in February 2024 with a brand new carpet and state of the art LED lighting. The School aims to open a new Sports and Wellness Centre in 2026. These facilities complement our 25 meter indoor heated swimming pool, three full size football pitches, a beautiful cricket oval, 22 tennis courts, eight netball courts, a strength and conditioning suite and a cardiovascular fitness suite.

We play more than 30 sports at Leighton Park, with Football, Hockey and Netball being our focus sports.

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Key sports at Leighton Park

Football

Football is one of our most popular sports, with multiple boys' and girls' teams across different year groups. Our Head of Football, Callum, is a UEFA qualified coach and used to be a coach at Chelsea and Southampton Football Clubs. Students also benefit from co-curricular skills training sessions with current coaches from Chelsea Football Club. Students go on a Football Tour each year, Students went to Porto FC this year and will go to Real Madrid next year. Students can also go on a multi-sports tour of Barbados.
Hockey

Hockey

Hockey is a focus sport for Leighton Park, with multiple boys' and girls' teams across different year groups. Our Hockey coach, Matt, plays in the Reading first team. We have 25 students currently playing at Club level as well as five County players and a junior international player. We have consistently been in the top 3 in the senior Super 8 League for the last six years and our U15 team won the County Plate Competition. Our Hockey Tour last year went to Spain, with our players going to Barbados next year. Our brand new Hockey Astro was installed in February 2024.
Netball

Netball

Netball is a key sport at Leighton Park with three senior teams, as well as multiple teams across U16, U14 and U12. Our Head of Girls' Games, Zoe, has been a Woodley Lead Coach, while Netball Coach and Head of Strength and Conditioning, Alice, has also earned her stripes as a coach for Western Park Blades. Leighton Park hosted the the national ISA U13s Netball Competition this year, as well as the U18s. Our U16 team came 4th, while our U14 team picked up Bronze in the national plate competition in Nottingham. The Netball Tour went to Spain this year and will go to Barbados next year.

Advanced Performer Programme
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Our elite athletes benefit from a programme of support run by our Head of Athletic Development. This includes bespoke strength and conditioning programmes in our state of the art strength and conditioning centre, as well as additional sports psychology, diet and nutrition support, trips to some of the top facilities in the country and inspirational talks from leading athletes and outside speakers. Sports Scholars benefit from our partnership with Go Perform, who give medical support physiotherapy and training on avoiding injuries.

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Games

We run fixtures with multiple teams at each age group. Teams and individuals compete in a wide range of county, regional and national fixtures every year. As a result, many of our top athletes are often selected for county, regional and national teams.

The most popular boys’ sports are Football, Rugby, Athletics and Cricket, while the most popular girls’ sports are Netball, Hockey, Tennis and Swimming. Our focus sports as a school are Football, Hockey and Netball.

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Co-curricular
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We offer about 30 different sports and active clubs each term. There is something for everyone at Leighton Park, whether that’s football skills training with Chelsea FC coaches, Judo with an Olympian, joining our Dance Company Loop, rock climbing, water sports, swimming or yoga to name a few.

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PE
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In Physical Education, we place a lot of emphasis on students learning to move properly. This includes physical literacy and movement competency and overall fitness and health from both a physical and mental standpoint. Every student from Year 7 to Year 10 gets a data tracker to assess their progress in sport as well as giving them insights into the links with their mental health and happiness. The link between moving your body and how you feel is really important. Click the image to find out more about our GCSE programme.

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Meet our students

Charlotte rugby

Charlotte – England Rugby Developing Player Programme

"I love that rugby is a very physical game, where you develop special friendships with your team mates. My ultimate goal is to play for the England Women’s 7s and 15s teams. I really appreciate the support provided by the Leighton Park Advanced Performer Programme, in helping me to prepare physically and mentally for rugby, in addition to the encouragement I have received from the sports coaches!"
Oliver Hockey

Oliver - England U16 Hockey

"I started playing hockey at a young age as my parents both play and have gradually worked my way through the county, regional and now England set up. My ultimate goal is to play in the Olympics and represent my country. At school the APP programme has helped me work on areas of my game off the pitch like strength and speed and also as a sports scholar I am able to visit Go Perfrom, where I receive specific feedback and training plans in a professional environment. Matt, our hockey coach at Leighton Park, plays in the first team at my club giving me a view of what I could do and achieve if I work hard."
Yezen

Yezen - Reading Football Club Elite

“I like football because it is fun to play with friends, there is a lot of teamwork and it keeps you fit. I’m a Sports Scholar at Leighton Park, which means I am part of the Advanced Performer Programme. I love going on trips, like our recent visit to St George’s Park, the home of the English national football team, where we learned about hydrotherapy.”

Téa – Taekwondo U16 World Champion

"Taekwondo has been a part of me for my whole life where I have had the opportunity to travel the world and meet new people. It is my sanctuary where I can let go and be free while blowing off some steam." Read about Téa winning Gold at the UK Open Taekwondo Championship
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Nikita wins Bronze in European Judo Cup

Nikita - Bronze in European Judo Cup, English and Baltics Champion

"I love Judo because it teaches me discipline and resilience. I recently won the Baltic Championship and the English Open Championship, thanks to hard work and dedication. My coach Danny teaches at Leighton Park and I’ve also trained with him at Judo Club Camberley since September. He has been a huge support and has helped me grow as an athlete and as a person. In the future, I aim to improve my skills, compete in more international tournaments, and represent my country. With the support of my coach and teammates, I look forward to reaching new heights in Judo."

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