Sport plays a vital role in the lives of all pupils at Freemen's. All pupils are provided with a wide and varied programme of sporting activities. ‘Sport for All’ is a key philosophy and we involve as many pupils as possible in competitive fixtures, whilst encouraging individuals and teams to achieve success at county, regional and national level. High standards are set for the numerous competitive teams, with an extensive programme of fixtures at all levels and for all ages.
In the Autumn and Spring term the major sport for boys is rugby, with football running in parallel for boys in Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) until mid-November. For girls the major sport is hockey, with netball running in parallel for girls in Key Stage 2/3 (Years 3-8). In the Summer term the major sport for boys is cricket and for girls is tennis and athletics, with rounders running in parallel for girls in Key Stage 2. Throughout the year swimming runs with selective morning swim squads and after school competitive galas taking place.
All pupils in Years 3-10 take part in the major sport during their games afternoon and with extra squad practices occurring throughout the week. An element of choice is gradually introduced for pupils in Years 11-13 within their games afternoon, for example fencing, squash and pilates.
Every Saturday a full programme of inter-school fixtures takes place. Occasional mid week fixtures take place to correlate with games afternoons. For pupils in Years 3-6 mid week fixtures complement their games afternoons where possible, however occasional Saturday fixtures may be organised to introduce them to the routine and expectation within the Upper School.
Overseas tours are regularly organised. Recent successful trips include senior sports tours to New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. Junior tours are also a big success, for example the U10 rugby tour to Cheshire and the upcoming U13 mixed sports tour to Jersey.