Sport At QE

Sport At QE

At Queen Ethelburga’s, you can stay at the top of your game, whilst achieving academic excellence.

There are a wide range of sports and activities available with professional sports coaching for football, cricket, netball, basketball and rugby as part of the Performance Sports Programme.

Dara's Story

In the QE Faculty Class of 2022, Dara tells his story of how Queen Ethelburga’s shaped his love for basketball and opened new opportunities for his future. He is now signed with Taft School in Connecticut and has represented Great Britain in their Under-18 team at the European Championships.

Outstanding Sports Facilities

The on-site Sports Village is built to a professional standard and is regularly used by Premier League football teams, like Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, through the school holidays.

Facilities include a 25-metre swimming pool, triple court sports hall, gym and specialist studios for martial arts, fencing, table tennis and more!

We spoke with Ed Brand, Under-18 Head Coach of Chelsea Football Club, about his experience with QE:

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Stay On The Ball With Football!

From Year 3 onwards, students dive into a world of fierce competition and skill-building, led by seasoned coaches like Mr. Paul Bolland and Mr. Tom Newey, former professional players.

With thrilling matches against local and national rivals, pathways to professional trials, and top-notch facilities including floodlit pitches, the stage is set for unforgettable moments.

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Hit a Six with QE’s Cricket!

Join the exciting world of cricket at Queen Ethelburga’s, where we’ve been recognized as one of the Top 100 Senior Schools in the UK for Cricket by The Cricketer Magazine Schools Guide for 2024.

Our cricket provision offers a comprehensive curriculum covering both boys and girls, with 15 teams competing across all age groups. From indoor Premier League competitions to outdoor matches against regional and national rivals, our students immerse themselves in the sport year-round.

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Unleash Your Team Spirit with Netball

Experience Netball Excellence at Queen Ethelburga’s! Our inclusive curriculum from Years 3 to 13 fosters a love for the game through enriching activities during lunch breaks and after school. 

Compete at all levels with extensive fixtures against local, regional, and national opponents, supported by personalised coaching and elite training options.

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Shoot for Success with Basketball.

Whether you’re looking to shoot hoops during lunch breaks, engage in after-school games, or aspire to compete professionally, our program caters to everyone.

Over the past seven years, our basketball initiative has flourished, establishing us as one of the nation's premier academies. From invitation-only competitions to participation in prestigious leagues and school tournaments, our students excel across various age groups.

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Dominate the Field with Rugby

Discover the dynamic world of rugby at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate, where excellence meets passion. Our first-class facilities and exceptional coaching elevate the rugby experience to new heights.

From hosting New Zealand during the Rugby League World Cup to offering the Performance Sports Programme for county-level players, we provide unparalleled opportunities for growth and achievement.

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Dive into Excellence with Swimming!

Embark on a swimming journey that spans from Chapter House to school-wide activities, offering opportunities during lunchtime and after-school sessions.

Our comprehensive swim training programme caters to all skill levels, with two distinct tracks: swimming development for enthusiasts looking to enhance their skills, and squad training for those aiming for competitive success.

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Score A Hat Trick With Hockey

Embrace our dynamic hockey program, available for all age groups with girls playing in the winter and boys in the spring.

Led by our expert Lead Hockey Coach, Mal Alexander, students receive top-tier coaching, from beginners to senior internationals.

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Take a Leap with Athletics.

Jump into the world of Track and Field or Cross Country and discover endless opportunities for competition and growth.

Led by expert coach Mr. Paul Daynes, our program emphasises skill development and performance enhancement. With state-of-the-art facilities and partnerships with England Athletics and City of York Athletic Club, you'll have everything you need to excel in athletics.

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