Does anyone have a child on a sports scholarship?

(41 Posts)
changer22 Fri 19-Aug-11 19:46:44

I'm interested in learning more. We're always being told that DS has a talent for sport but I wondered just how good a child needs to be before being entered in for a sports scholarship at an independent school. He's 9 (and at a state school) so quite young but I realise a number of prep schools offer scholarships around Y3/Y4/Y5.

AnotherNewt Thu 07-Jul-16 23:02:47

OP's DC is probably well through their secondary school career by now!

It's Lucy765 with the cricketing DS who reanimated it, with a question about which London schools are best as developing promising cricketers. She didn't say she was hoping for a sports scholarship (though she might be).

mouldycheesefan Thu 07-Jul-16 22:58:39

What is the reason why you want him to get a scholarship op? Is it to see if there is a reduction in fees?

LIZS Thu 07-Jul-16 20:58:30

DC school also tests underlying fitness levels with a bleep test, for example. They really are looking for the exceptional , or with the potential to be A team/club training squad/county players ideally in more than one sport. I've known excellent athletes not get one because they were not at same level in other sports.

nottodaydarling Thu 07-Jul-16 20:50:47

Certainly there is one boy who plays up in the CAG for Surrey cricket who has been approached by senior schools. Senior schools do watch prep school tournaments to spot talent and if your child is good enough they might be approached - but not normally until year 7/8. If your child is talented enough they do not have to belong to outside clubs etc although if they are good at a sport and enjoy it normally would want to play out of school. Most sports scholarships involve the child spending a day at the senior school doing lots of sports.

mouldycheesefan Thu 07-Jul-16 09:20:20

Agree with Micah. My dd competes at a reasonable level and is very sporty I would not want her to do a sports scholarship as she would then be involved in a myriad of sports at school level which would detract from her ability to spend time in her chosen sport.
Our local comprehensive has children who compete for England and GReat Britain they had pupils competing At the 2012 Olympics , not sure about Rio. No doubt they could get sports scholarships but that may not be beneficial to children already competing at elite level who therefore can't really get involved in schools sports.

Op if your child is not doing any sports outside school I don't think they would be eligible for a sports scholarship as they will be up against county and regional competitors.

SAHDthatsall Thu 07-Jul-16 07:58:41

Yes, sure. Not sure about guidelines but since you can play adult cricket from U12 (Year 7) upwards I doubt there would be other restrictions.

I don't think it is normal, no. But relies on word getting round I guess and some promotion by someone with contacts.

Takeitupwiththeboss Wed 06-Jul-16 20:20:59

SADH, are you sure this boy is playing 4 years up for Surrey?As I understood it the guidelines from the English Cricket Board were boys should stick in their age groups (even if supremely talented as this lad sounds). 1 year up maybe but 4? I'd be worried about safety as well as overload.
On another note from that, is that the way of it for Prep and Senior schools to come out and offer to individuals directly after doing the rounds of County sides?

Lucy765 Wed 06-Jul-16 10:26:36

I take your concerns about age and the possibility of peaking too early, I am fully aware that he is still very young and nobody can be sure of what will happen over the next couple of years. I just thought it would be great if we could give him the opportunity to excel in a sporting environment given his enthusiasm and apparent talent for cricket, thanks again for the pointers in terms of schools.

SAHDthatsall Wed 06-Jul-16 10:01:00

Well don't expect too much from the schools in the early Years (7+). Even though they may go there with some level of sports scholarship they are still the babies of the school and a long way to go to the First XI - indeed they may well have peaked early and may not improve and find a different sport! The level of cricket at many schools in Years 7/8 can be a bit ropey too, it's much better when the prep boys arrive at 13+.

I'm astonished and dismayed that a coach would say something silly about future possibilities (England!) at such an early stage, that is a dumb thing to say! Reminds me of an Essex U9 player that was touted from age 6 as the next big thing and when we played them at U10s he wouldn't have even made our squad!

Whitgift is outstanding for cricket, almost too good compared with the rest. Dulwich is ok. Merchant Taylors is perhaps an obvious north London one but I don't know it? Millfield (boarding) is the other obvious option as a real sports school with amazing facilities and coaching.

FYI the best Surrey young player around this age group / slightly older has had the phone ringing off with offers from schools for the last couple of years and could go virtually anywhere for no cost - initially prep schools and then senior schools - falling over themselves to offer him a free place. Last I heard he was Harrow bound. He currently plays up to 4 years above his age group.

Lucy765 Wed 06-Jul-16 09:43:00

Yes he is in yr 5, and it would be easier to access North or West London I was just trying to give a vague idea of where we were situated. I believe several boys in the squad are going to the schools mentioned above (Whitgift and Dulwich) and a further handful are going to schools such as Harrow and Radley but we were just not sure which schools were specifically sports orientated in the area, all suggestions are sincerely appreciated

LIZS Wed 06-Jul-16 09:17:56

I was assuming y5 so you need to be registering asap, for either 11 or 13+ entry as some will pretest for 13+ early in y6. Surely it would be easier to get to North or West London from Hampstead? Where do other kids in Middlesex squad go?

SAHDthatsall Wed 06-Jul-16 09:06:14

So if he's 10 now should he not be starting senior school this September so are you a bit late? Or which school year currently?

Lucy765 Wed 06-Jul-16 08:46:39

SAHDthatsall yes we live not too far from central London as we live in Hampstead and he's currently playing Middlesex

Lucy765 Wed 06-Jul-16 08:40:35

Micah that's an interesting outlook, particularly because my son is only 10 it could be even more relevant (the amount of training hours expected) so thank you for that

SAHDthatsall Tue 05-Jul-16 22:25:19

So the 10 yo cricketer above - sounds like you live in central London? Is he playing Middlesex or Surrey at the moment?

Micah Tue 05-Jul-16 21:34:17

My 11 year old is currently the best in the country u14 for her sport. She is competing internationally for gb at junior events.

However we decided against applying for a sports scholarship. As pp said, these kids tend to be good at a lot of sports. Schools expect sports scholars to primarily compete for the school, a child who got a scholarship last year ended up quitting because she was put on the swim team, hockey team, athletics team, was training before school, after school, meets and matches, and she was too exhausted for the additional 15 hours a week training for the sport she excelled at out of school.

Dd trains 18 hours a week outside of school. She can't be putting too much into school sport, which is a condition of a lot of scholarships.

I also have never heard of 25 hours a week for swimming. that's 4 hours a day swimming, and swimming is not an early start sport so those hours aren't done until late teens, if at all. Gymnastics, i can believe if a child is elite track.

Lucy765 Tue 05-Jul-16 21:21:28

Okay I shall have a look at those, thank you very much

AnotherNewt Tue 05-Jul-16 21:19:26

Try Dulwich College and Whitgift

Lucy765 Tue 05-Jul-16 21:14:58

My 10 year old son is really excelling at cricket and we have been told by his coaches and his teachers that he has a very strong chance of been selected to represent England when he is of the required age, my husband and I would like to send him to a school (probably an independent school) which offers an environment where his talent can be further developed and nurtured (preferably within an hour of central London) Any suggestions of schools in this area with a history of sporting success would be appreciated? Thanks in advance

TackedOff Wed 24-Apr-13 11:55:09

her award was quite substantial. But she is known for being an excellent athlete so they wanted her :-)

TackedOff Wed 24-Apr-13 11:54:04

my daughter is a sports scholar at an independent secondary.

She was county level in athletics and swimming (won county in two events)

Plus has an excellent work ethic.

AmbessaHaylom Sat 20-Apr-13 07:33:55

Yes, My child has taken sports scholarship. Actually he has taken Football Scholarship from "United Sports USA" which offers almost all types of Sports Scholarships so you don't need to worry about the sports scholarship which you want to take for your child. I think this info maybe helpful to you.

soolewis Sun 18-Mar-12 13:01:03

Sorry have posted twice on this as could not find the original link and thought it had not been posted!

soolewis Sun 18-Mar-12 12:57:45

My ds has just been awarded a sports scholarship at a v. sporty independent school in Sussex. Although is very good at all sports, not outstanding at any one i.e area or county level. Awarded for cricketing ability. Plays for local cricket team and has represented small prep school at football, cricket. New school did not specify had to be at representative level and therefore may be atypical. There were 12 applicants, tested on core school sports plus tests for strength, speed, general ability etc.The award was tiny so little help with fees but great for ds's self esteem! Hope this may help.

soolewis Sat 03-Mar-12 15:26:42

In case anyone else considering this. My ds has just been offered a sports scholarship to a v. sporty school. He plays cricket for a local club and used to play football for one. As he goes to a small prep school he has also had the chance to represent his school in other sports but although he is v. good at all sports he is not outstanding at any of them, i.e area or county level. My experience may be atypical (the school does not specify any sporting requirements and many do) but this is encouraging for anyone considering this option. I should add, the scholarship is neither here nor there when it comes to fees and there were twelve applicants - don't know how many scholarships were awarded.

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