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Canford believes that sport is to be enjoyed by and is valuable to all. Self-confidence, teamwork and a sense of achievement are qualities readily transferable to other areas of their lives and all pupils are involved in sport at some level. For those in their first year it is a valuable aid to a sense of belonging. The most able proceed to county, regional and national honours but the school is proud of all its team performances.

Our programme looks to give all of our pupils the chance to explore the opportunities that sport offers, allow them to express themselves through their physical wellbeing activities and facilitate those who wish to excel in their chosen path.

The aim is to inspire a generation of Canford pupils to achieve their potential in sport and to promote their physical wellbeing throughout their lives.

There is plenty of choice for sport within the school’s 250 acres of grounds.  The facilities include squash courts, two Astroturf pitches and an historic Real Tennis court - Canford is one of only two schools in the country to possess an original one. The Sports Centre boasts a double court sports hall, 25 station fitness suite, dance / spinning studio, 25m 6 lane indoor heated swimming pool and recently updated strength & conditioning room with bespoke lifting platforms and racks. Few schools can boast their own golf course in the grounds and the sport is widely enjoyed. The proximity of the river is exploited by our rowers and the ample, flat playing fields encourage high standards.

Fixtures and Results


We run a full programme of fixtures for both boys and girls in the full range of sports.

View our latest fixtures and results.




Athletics takes place during the Summer Term


There can be few more delightful settings for cricket than Canford

Cross Country

Cross Country takes place in both the Christmas and the Easter Terms


Arguably the best on-site school golf course in the country


Hockey at Canford has a long tradition of success


Lacrosse is played during the Easter Term


Netball is a major sport in the Easter Term

Real Tennis

Canford boasts one of the few Real (Royal) tennis courts


Rowing is a major sport at Canford


Rugby is played at Canford as a major sport in the Christmas Term


Swimming takes place in all three terms


Tennis is a popular major sport for both girls