Major Games

Girls and boys at the Senior School take part in all major games. Games change seasonally and there are three coaching sessions a week with the majority of competitive matches on a Saturday afternoon, complemented with some mid-week fixtures. All pupils are actively encouraged to take part in these and in House matches each term.

Boys’ Games

culford school rugby

Boys play rugby, hockey and cricket in their respective teams. Highly qualified, specialist teachers lead the lessons, together with a number of outstanding professional coaches. There is a real emphasis on skill development throughout the age groups, enabling players to make the most of the opportunities that arise. Culford strongly supports the local district and regional representative structure and pupils regularly represent Suffolk and the Eastern Counties in all the major games.

Rugby Union

Rugby is the major game of the autumn term and the coaching programme is further enhanced by a strong partnership with Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club. This provides additional specialised coaching and the opportunity for boys to continue their rugby development at the Club.

The season begins with a residential pre-season training camp including at least one competitive match. A strong tradition of touring is well established and the 1st XV embark on tours each year.

From January, the focus is on 7s play where competitive fixtures are provided. Strength and conditioning is combined with skill development to ensure a high quality year-round rugby programme.

Boys’ Hockey

Hockey is a sport with increasing ambition. It is an exciting time for hockey at Culford with a brand new second AstroTurf and the welcome of an exciting partnership with Bury St Edmunds Hockey Club who have their training base here. Players will have access to technical, fitness and team play sessions in a high quality year round programme. 

To prepare fo the spring hockey term, players can access indoor skills sessions and competitive match play from September. An annual tour also provides the boys with a first class hockey experience and the benefit of focused training and competitive matches. 

We currently have boys who are members of the England Hockey National Academy Programme and in recent years many boys have played at county, regional and national level. 

Cricket

culford school cricket

The cricket season at Culford starts in the summer term. There are excellent cricket facilities with arguably one of the most picturesque grounds in East Anglia. This is complemented by superb indoor and outdoor net facilities. Culford’s teams can look forward to playing home and away matches against the best school sides in the region.

Culford’s Head of Cricket, Andrew Northcote supervises the coaching programme. This year-round programme begins in October with individual cricket programmes for both good school players and aspiring County cricketers. Winter nets then begin in January in preparation for the summer season.

Girls’ Games

Girls at Culford follow a traditional annual programme of hockey, netball and tennis in their respective terms and benefit from the coaching of highly qualified, specialist coaches. Culford strongly supports the local district and regional representative structure and the girls’ teams regularly win county and regional competitions and the best players attend national training camps.

Girls’ Hockey

culford school england hockey

Hockey is a sport with increasing ambition. It is an exciting time for hockey at Culford with a brand new second AstroTurf and the welcome of an exciting partnership with Bury St Edmunds Hockey Club who have their training base here. Players will have access to technical, fitness and team play sessions in a high quality year round programme. 

To prepare for the spring hockey term, players can access indoor skills sessions and competitive match play from September. An annual tour also provides the boys with a first class hockey experience and the benefit of focused training and competitive matches. 

We currently have girls who are members of the England Hockey National Academy Programme and in recent years many girls have played at county, regional and national level. 

Netball

culford school netball

Netball is a thriving sport at Culford. The competitive year is extended for netball as the regional tournaments being in the autumn term and then are completed in the spring term. This is complemented by a full Saturday fixtures calendar in the spring term against some of the top sides in the area. Culford regularly represents the county at regional level and the school is a dominant force within East Anglia.

Tennis

Girls play tennis as a major game in the summer. A long-established High Performance Sport at Culford, players benefit from an indoor four court championship size tennis centre, as well as outdoor all weather courts and the expertise of professional coaches such as Andrew Richardson. Girls at Culford play tennis from Nursery to Sixth Form this pathway is a unique opportunity and one that allows the girls to thrive.

Athletics

Running and fitness are the basics of all sports, and both boys and girls are encouraged to take some responsibility for their own fitness in the Senior School, under the guidance of specialised staff. Those who display potential in cross-country running are actively encouraged to represent the School at County Trials, and runners from Culford have gone on to represent the County at Regional and National level.

Athletics is offered through the PE Curriculum and as an activity in the Summer term. Teams are entered for local competitions, and individuals are supported at the County Championships and County Trials. Individuals have gone on to represent Suffolk Schools at Regional and National Level.

The School has strong links with West Suffolk Athletics Club, through which pupils can gain further opportunities to compete.

Games Programmme

Culford’s Senior games programme is structured by year group and takes place on the following days:

Fourth Form Monday afternoon, Wednesday Morning and Thursday during activities
Lower Fifth

Tuesday afternoon, Thursday morning and Thursday during activities

Upper Fifth to Upper Sixth Tuesday morning, Thursday afternoon and Monday during activities