Stonyhurst is world famous for its Rugby, Although pupils are not required to play rugby throughout their time at the school, many choose to do so, taking part in a number of matches; tournaments and tours throughout their time at the College.
Rugby has long been a sporting option at Stonyhurst, providing a number of pupils with the training and experience to go on to have successful professional sporting careers. We can boast several international sports people among our alumni, including Joe Ansbro (played for Scotland); Will Greenwood, Kyran Bracken and Iain Balshaw (all members of the England squad who won the 2003 Rugby world Cup).
Tournaments and Tours
The rugby teams at Stonyhurst play in numerous matches and tournaments throughout the rugby season. One of the biggest tournaments is the annual Stonyhurst Rugby 7s Tournament, a highlight in our sporting year, and in the sporting year of the schools who venture down The Avenue to compete.
In addition to the matches, both at home and away and tournaments, the Games Department organises regular trips to South Africa, where they play a number of matches against various schools in Johannesburg and Cape Town. During the tour the pupils enjoy other activities including safaris; charity work and training sessions with South African coaches.
Netball is one of the major winter games here at Stonyhurst, it is compulsory for Lower Line girls, but often the sport of choice for our Higher Line girls. With six outdoor netball courts and the use of our indoor sports hall, there is plenty of space for our pupils to enjoy netball. We have A and B teams in each Lowerline age group and 4 senior teams ranging from the Elite teams to recreational players.
Many of our girls go on to represent the County and progress through the High performance pathways. We have links with Manchester Thunder and Leeds Rhinos netball. Every year we enter the National Schools, ISNC; and we regularly represent Lancashire in Regional Finals. We also host the annual Stonyhurst Invitation netball and hockey tournament, this year alone we had 24 teams in the netball.
Hockey is one of the main winter sports at Stonyhurst, for both Lower and Higher Line girls, played during the Christmas and Easter terms. Although compulsory for Lower Line, many choose to continue with hockey once they reach Higher Line.
The hockey teams at Stonyhurst compete in a variety of tournaments and embark on hockey tours during their time at the College. The 1st team recently travelled to St Andrews University pre-season tour, competing against the university team and other schools.
The hockey teams at Stonyhurst compete in a number of tournaments including the Lancashire Schools’ County Hockey Tournament, the National Schools’ Hockey Tournament and annual 7s tournaments. The school has connections with local clubs, such as Clitheroe Blackburn Northern and Pendle Forest. Many of the girls are involved with Lancashire Schools Hockey, and then progress through the England Hockey High Performance Pathway.
Cricket, as one of the oldest forms of sport here at Stonyhurst, has always been a popular choice of sport in our history and remains popular to this day.
As a summer sport, cricket is played during our summer term, allowing all those, who opt for it as a games option, to bask in summer sunshine whilst admiring the beautiful Ribble Valley views that surround our cricket pitches.
The Stonyhurst cricket teams play a number of matches throughout the cricket season, facing opponents such as St Bede’s, Blackburn; St Mary’s Crosby; Rossall and Kirkham Grammar School.
These competitive matches are not the only matches our cricket teams take on, they also have the opportunity to enjoy games against the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and recently have played against the Vatican cricket team.
With cricket holding such a strong place in Stonyhurst’s history, it is no surprise our cricket teams get to experience a few of the old traditions, including the annual Hodder Cricket Match. Every May, our Rhetoric (Year 13) cricketers challenge the cricketers in Elements (Years 5 & 6) to a game of cricket. In recent years, Rhetoric have taken to wearing fancy dress, and by extraordinary coincidence, every single year Elements have managed to win the match by exactly one run!
The traditional summer game of rounders is a popular option for girls at Stonyhurst. Played on the playground the girls can enjoy playing whilst surrounded by the beautiful Jesuit gardens and historic buildings. Our rounders teams take part in various competitions and play a number of matches throughout the rounders season.
Football is a popular games option here at Stonyhurst for both our Lower Line and Higher Line boys, during the Christmas and Easter terms.
Our pupils can enjoy training and playing matches on our three football pitches, situated on the beautiful Stonyhurst estate.
The Stoynhurst football teams compete in a number of matches and various competitions during the football season, including The Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA) Cup and the Liverpool 8s Tournament.
Our indoor sports hall, the Ambulacrum, provides the perfect space for our pupils who play badminton to train and play friendly and competitive games.
Our badminton teams participate in a number of matches and competitions throughout the year, including the Center Parcs National Badminton Competition and The Red Rose County Badminton Championship.