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Sports Scholarship

Belmont Sports Scholarship

The Sports Performance Programme (SPP) was launched in September 2019. It aims to support and develop Sports Scholars and Performance Athletes within the school. Belmont offer an 11+  Scholarship as well as a Performance Pathway for pupils in Year 8, preparing them for the 13+ entry point at Mill Hill.

Talented individual athletes are invited to trial for our two-tiered Sports Performance Pathways, involving up to four places as a Sport Scholar and 20 places in the Performance Pathway. The programme is the first insight many of our athletes will have into a performance sport environment.

Enjoying access to top-level facilities and an excellent mentoring scheme that seeks to maintain the academic work / sport balance, our selected pupils will be able to enjoy sport and their school career at the same time.

Scholars selected at 11+ will keep their position of responsibility throughout their time at Belmont and through the five years at Mill Hill, dependent upon active involvement in school sport and behaviour.

Sports Performance Pathway athletes are eligible for the following throughout their time on the various pathways:

(Scholars receive certain extra advantages- most notably the £105 fee remission).

Coaching

  • MiMove athletic tracking app
  • First class coaching clinics in specific sports from a range of qualified coaches and staff (Scholars only)
  • Team and individual performance analysis.
  • Athlete profiling (Scholars only)

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength & conditioning (S&C) training and individually tailored programme delivered by qualified S&C coaches and Mill Hill specialist staff (scholars only)
  • Sports specific and team athletic development training sessions

Athlete Lifestyle Support

  • Parental support to nurture athletes through the Parents Sort Alliance
  • Sports psychology support
  • Sports nutrition advice
  • 1-1 sports mentoring by a designated member of the Sports Department (Scholars only)
  • Seminars and workshops delivered by top quality coaches and athletes from the world of sport
  • ‘Scholars’ Table’ Co-Curricular Council Voice – Scholars and Sport Captains meet with the Director of Sport to discuss school sport and how the student body can help to develop and improve the sporting offer

Belmont Sports Scholars expectations

Candidates entering for the Scholarship pathway should be aware that if offered, sport will become a major part of their school life. Scholars are expected to take a full and active part in the sporting life of the school, and will find themselves performing in fixtures during the school week and some weekends in addition to their individual coaching commitments.

What a Belmont Scholar would look like:

  • Coachable and willing to quickly implement given feedback
  • Have excellent hand-eye co-ordination
  • Demonstrate ambition and drive towards achieving a personal or team goal
  • Are able to make good decisions when under pressure
  • Are physically resilient and robust
  • Have raw athletic ability
  • Have positive emotional intelligence and are able to bounce back from setbacks
  • Have good communication skills
  • Are willing to take the lead

Scholarships will be reviewed annually and their continuance is dependent upon attitude, conduct, participation and progress

What is the required standard?

For entry at 11+ candidates will be expected to be at club or county level in their main sport and often offer a second sport (though this is not a prerequisite). The over-riding factor in whether a candidate receives an award will be whether they show exceptional athletic potential in their assessments. If you are in any doubt about suitability for an award please contact the Director of Sport; Ms Goldthorpe in advance lgoldthorpe@belmontschool.com.

When do the trials take place?

Trials for entry in September will take place during the Spring Term of that year*; successful candidates will be required to meet the School’s academic entrance requirements. Key application dates can be found here.

On the day of the trials all candidates will take part in three activities including two of their chosen sports and a team-building activity.

Candidates are assessed individually and as a group involving a variety of physical measures in order to demonstrate a combination of athletic ability and hand-eye co-ordination.

Ms Goldthorpe, our Director of Sport is always happy to meet with prospective candidates and their parents, and to answer enquiries at any stage of the application process. Visiting the school during Open Days however is seen as an important part of the application procedure as it gives the candidates and their parents the opportunity to see the sports department in action, see where their trial would take place, and helps the candidate feel at ease when they come for their formal assessment.

*Coronavirus restrictions dependent

Sports at Belmont

Belmont have five ‘focus’ sports across two terms, with boys doing rugby and football and girls playing hockey and netball. In the summer term, boys and girls play cricket together. Alongside the focus sports we also offer greater depth and breadth in our support sports which include girls’ football, athletics, swimming, gymnastics, tennis, fencing, fives and table tennis.

In the last academic year Belmont pupils have enjoyed a whole range of sport tours from weekend and week-long Rugby tours to Brighton and Biarritz, a Girls’ sports tour to Malta, IAPS football and netball tournaments in Cambridge. Further afield, pupils have enjoyed cricket and netball tours to Antigua and Barbados in recent years.