Tony Diprose appointed Director of Sport and Physical Wellbeing from January 2020
While pursuing excellence for the senior teams and for outstanding individuals, 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.
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.
We run a full programme of fixtures for both boys and girls in the full range of sports.