Sporting chances

Independent girls’ school Farlington is using scholarships to foster its pupils’ ambitions in a variety of sports and games

Farlington School’s sports scholars are drawn from across the year groups, from year seven to the lower sixth, and are involved in a wide variety of sports: diving, swimming, hockey, tennis, riding, basketball, triathlon, fencing and athletics. Many also hold other scholarships such as drama and academic scholarships.

Each candidate is considered individually with the aim of nurturing and developing her skills. Her potential is considered, not just her achievements to date. To become a sports scholar, each candidate is evaluated by Farlington’s PE and games staff in terms of her spatial awareness, stamina, agility, cardiovascular fitness, games understanding and competitive edge. Mental attitude to games and sport is as important as a portfolio of achievements.

All sports are considered, not just those taught at Farlington. Current scholars include a top 50 women’s epee fencer, junior members of the Sussex hockey squad, a leading endurance rider, county swimmers, a badminton champion and the number one under-17 pole-vaulter.

Sara Whittaker, director of PE and games at Farlington, says: “Our aim is for each scholar to fulfil her potential. The scholars are offered a programme to enhance their chosen sport with dedicated trips and motivational speakers. These focus on a whole range of relevant areas: sports psychology, nutrition and teamwork.

“They also benefit from the strong links Farlington has with external sporting organisations such as Horsham Blue Stars and Atlantis Swimming Club. All the scholars contribute a great deal to the school and are excellent role models for the other students.”


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