Sport has been at the heart of life and learning at Giggleswick throughout our 500-year history and we have a long tradition of pupils competing professionally at a national and international level. Inspirational coaches, passionate players and some of the best facilities in the North of England make Giggleswick a top choice for ambitious young athletes.

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Rugby at Giggleswick

Running at Giggleswick

Giggleswick sports facilities

Our 250-acre site is home to some excellent facilities which include several rugby and cricket pitches, tennis courts, both grass and hard, netball courts, an all-weather floodlit pitch for hockey and football, the spectacular ‘Top Pitch’ where the 1st XI play cricket, fives and squash courts as well as several cross country routes, a mountain bike track and access to the adjacent Settle & Giggleswick Golf Club. We have a £1.5 million sports hall which caters for various indoor sports, including badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, tennis and volleyball, and, a dance studio, an indoor swimming pool, an indoor climbing wall and a state-of-the-art fitness centre, opened by Olympic medallist Jonny Brownlee in 2018.

Opportunities to participate

All pupils up to Year 11 follow a structured PE programme, in addition to games afternoons. Sixth form pupils have games afternoons throughout the year with the opportunity to play a range of sports.

We offer a full fixture list for all priority sports, entering various competitions at both regional and national levels, alongside regular sports tours.

Each year several pupils are selected to represent the district and county in a variety of sports.

Pupils are also encouraged to follow courses in coaching, umpiring/refereeing and related sports awards.

A range of sports clubs and skills clinics are also offered to give pupils of all ages access to new sports. Click here to see our clubs and skills clinics.

Sports scholarships & The Elite Sports Programme

A number of parents choose Giggleswick when their child begins to show real promise in a sport - the extended day and boarding ethos enables pupils to dedicate the time required to excel in a sport whilst keeping up with their academic studies.

From Year 10, pupils can apply for a place on our Elite Sports Programme, which includes the creation of a tailored training programme, specialist coaching, mentoring, and performance tracking with professional sports visits and strength and conditioning workshops. Many of the programme’s features have also been incorporated into the Lower School Sports Scholarship Programme specifically designed for pupils in Years 7 to 9.

Sports scholarships are awarded to candidates who demonstrate excellent potential across at least two sports.

Elite Sports Programme 2022

Lower School Sports Scholarship Programme brochure

To learn more about our Lower School Sports Scholarship Programme, click the button below:

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Giggleswick scholars uphold the highest standards and make a highly valued contribution to the intellectual, sporting, musical and creative life of the School. Each year there are scholarships available across three year groups – Year 7, Year 9 and Lower Sixth.

To see what scholarships we offer and how to apply, click the button below:

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