The importance of positive competition and the value of teamwork are understood very strongly here.
Our philosophy in sport is that every boy is important to us and can develop as sportsmen irrespective of his starting point. We also have sporting programmes in place which enable the better sportsmen to achieve their true potential. Specialist coaches help develop the skills of players, and many members of the teaching staff manage teams and deliver coaching sessions themselves, helping to form close bonds between boys and teachers.
Last year’s cricket captain has been awarded a full professional contract by Lancashire CCC and was recently playing in the West Indies for England U19 in the world cup. He was made man of the match in the semi-final to help England U19 reach their first final for 24 years. Our next cricket captain is in the Lancashire Academy and is representing Lancs 2nd XI.
Our sporting teams regularly feature in the later stages of national competitions, as well as individuals representing local and national teams across the country.â¯ Our Under-15 rugby team were narrowly defeated in the National Cup final at Twickenham in 2017/18. Our Under-18 indoor hockey team have been national finalists in four of the last five seasons and we have been Lancashire Cup winners across all age groups. Currently, there are boys in the school being selected for professional Rugby Union clubs as well as for England Rugby training camps and regional and county development programmes.
On the football field, MGS regularly make good progress in the ISFA cups across the age groups, including our 1st XI team through to the semi-final of the ISFA Boodle’s Cup this year and the year 8 team through to the final of the ISFA U13 Cup. Our Under-15 cricket team were National champions in 2015 and the School has long held a reputation of having first class cricket sides and a very competitive fixture programme.
Boys in the Junior School also participate in a range of sports, (with a 100% participation rate in our major games of rugby, football, hockey, and cricket) with current pupils performing at an Elite level within Gymnastics, representing GB U12 Tennis and affiliated to elite football clubs.
Swimming and Water-Polo is a cornerstone of PE & Sport at MGS including our individualised swim development programme which caters for those less able in the water. Water-Polo teams enjoy national success across all age groups whilst our swimmers attend all ESSA and HMC national competitions.
We do not offer sports scholarships; however, our Elite Performer Programme supports our high achieving sportsmen and balances the demands on leading performers in multiple sports.â¯ In recent years, we have supported our national individual sportsmen in sailing, windsurfing, cycling, and fencing to compliment the achievements of boys within teams.