Sports Scholars will be provided with a sport-specific personalised programme of individual mentoring, alongside any additional technical coaching and support that may be relevant as he/she progresses. Guidance with strength and conditioning will also be a regular feature, in addition to individualised support with higher-level pathway opportunities – including coaching and competitive events. Guidance and support with physical and mental preparation in relation to training and competition will also feature in the programme of wider personal development.
Expectations of Sports Scholars
Sports Scholars will model sporting values of teamwork, fair play, respect, excellence, positivity, humility, and commitment. They will demonstrate selfless dedication to team performances in sports fixtures. They will work with the Sports Scholars’ Mentor on individualised programmes for their development, including, where appropriate, strength and conditioning elements. In Higher Line, Sports Scholars will be willing to take on mentoring or other leadership roles when sought.
Under the direction of the Assistant Head Co-curricular and Headmaster of St Mary’s Hall, all pupils who hold scholarships will be expected to participate enthusiastically in, as well as promote the cultural and sporting life of Stonyhurst College or Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall. The progress of all scholars, as well as their conduct, must remain satisfactory at all times. In the College, all scholars will be expected to attend regular, appropriate enrichment classes arranged by the Master of Scholars. These will include regular speakers and workshops. Additionally, older scholars will mentor younger scholars.
The continuation of a scholarship into the next academic year depends on the scholar fulfilling those requirements. Awards given at 11+ are retained into the College, subject to scholars continuing to meet the criteria above. In practice, we anticipate that most scholars will retain their award throughout their time at Stonyhurst.
Criteria and process for applications
By nature, these awards are to be made to candidates who demonstrate significant skill and a very high level of proficiency and prowess in at least one of our major sports. Preference will be given to those who can contribute to the College’s major games – rugby and cricket for boys, hockey and netball for girls. Candidates may also be assessed specifically in tennis. Applicants should have played their respective sport at an academy, regional or national level. Younger applicants at 11+ will need to demonstrate this level of potential, alongside evidence of current excellence. Each application is reviewed individually on its merits and due consideration is given to the contribution the candidate would make to the wider life of Stonyhurst.
To apply, candidates should provide a written reference from their current Head along with a sporting CV providing clear evidence of sporting achievements and two references from professionals who have coached the candidate through clubs and, where applicable, any supporting video evidence. The interview process also includes practical assessments.