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Sports Scholarship

Belmont Sports Scholarship

It is our passion at Belmont to ensure every child reaches their full athletic potential. The new and carefully structured Belmont Sports Pathway has three tiers; all with the sole focus of supporting the pupils’ holistic sporting journey by helping them reach both their physical and psychological potential. We work closely with the Mill Hill strength and conditioning performance coaches to ensure a fully integrated approach, allowing our young performers to develop athletically, directly alongside their main sports, regardless of what their sport may be.

11+ Sports Scholarship Pathway

This is our top tier offering and includes a Sport Scholarship which is available from Year 7. It is worth 10% fee remission and is supplemented with a comprehensive value-added package. They are awarded to up to four candidates with significant athletic potential and in recognition of a very high sporting standard across at least one sport that is played at Belmont (Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Football, Cricket). Awards are not made solely to those with a particular sporting prowess but also to those with significant athletic potential and mental resilience. We are not seeking pupils who have physically matured at an early age but instead we are seeking pupils who demonstrate potential to achieve future success.

Comprehensive value added package will include:

  • Weekly training sessions with our specialist performance coaches
  • Access to sport science resources
  • Individual mentor for each Scholar
  • Access to lunchtime and twilight sessions for both performer and parent on a range of themes including nutrition, burnout avoidance, sport psychology
  • Attendance at sport conferences and coaching camps run by PRC Elite
  • Access to weekly video analysis on whole game and individual performance
  • School scholarship tie

The sports scholarship is tenable for two years at Belmont and continues for five years at Mill Hill, our senior school, subject to satisfactory progress and behaviour.

Performance Pathway

In addition to the Scholars, our next level of award sees up to six pupils offered a place on the Performance Pathway. There is no fee remission offered for this award but it gives pupils access to performance sessions with elite strength and conditioning coaches and sport performance staff and access to twilight psychology and nutrition sessions with the scholars. Pupils who are awarded will demonstrated excellent athletic ability, sporting attitude and character. This nominated group could expect to be fast tracked for 13+ assessments at Mill Hill School.

Talent Pathway

Belmont will then select up to a further 20 pupils to be part of the Talent Pathway. These pupils will be selected by the Sports department and will meet once a week to train on their fundamental components of fitness as well as undergo preparatory work for the Mill Hill 13+ scholarship. Parents will need to complete an application form for the 13+ Sports Scholarship.

Candidates who are offered a place on the Pathway at either Performance or Talent are those who, like the scholarship candidates, are identified as having the potential athletic ability and mind-set to become sporting leaders but would benefit from enhanced coaching, skills development and sport science information. Emphasis is placed on the individual’s athletic development and team play.

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.

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.

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.