Sport is an integral part of the educational experience at Tonbridge. Excellence at the top end is underpinned by an embedded ethos of participation. Boys of all ability are encouraged to play meaningful and competitive sport, at either House, School or representative level.
We identify four key benefits of sport in education:
- Working with others in a team towards an external, collective objective.
- The challenge of competition and of mastering physical skills.
- The self-evident benefits of physical exercise.
- The concept of fair play, and the ability to cope with both success and failure.
Tonbridge is well known for excelling in major sports and has produced a number of county and international sportsmen over the years (Notable OTs). Different boys have different strengths and interests, and we try to offer as wide a choice of sports as possible in the hope that each boy will find something to develop or trigger his enthusiasm.
Sport at Tonbridge operates on a 'Club' system - each boy commits himself to one sporting 'club' for each term (though this does not preclude playing other sports in spare time and at House level). All boys who opt to play a particular sport benefit from coaching by a dedicated coach and have the opportunity to participate in competitive sport, whatever their ability. We run teams in all age groups (eg. there are as many as 22 rugby teams, with seven at under 14 level), and there are competitive House competitions in most sports (including weekly 'House Leagues' where A team players are ineligible).
Tonbridge has unsurpassed sporting facilities: our Sports Centre, completed in 2008, provides national standard indoor facilities to supplement our outstanding outdoor facilities which include over 100 acres of superbly-maintained playing fields, three astro-turf pitches and an all-weather athletics track. The quality of the facilities meant that Tonbridge was recognised as an Olympic training venue for London 2012. Tonbridge hosted the Australian Track and Field team for their Training Camp prior to the London Olympics.
Tonbridge School recognises and welcomes competition within sport. Competition encourages team awareness and, when guided appropriately, teaches the importance of winning without arrogance and losing with good grace. Emphasis is placed on the highest standards of sportsmanship at all levels and this is laid out in the School’s 'Code of Conduct'.