Other Sports

Stowe offers an exceptionally wide range of other sports alongside the key sports, giving everybody the opportunity to take part in an activity they enjoy. 

Athletics

There is the opportunity to train all year round for athletes that are serious about their Athletics and each athlete will receive an individualised training programme to complement their other sporting commitments for the School. In the Lent term athletics is focussed on indoor competitions such as the South of England Championships and London Indoor Games at Lee Valley and the England National Championships in Sheffield. In the 2015 indoor season we had athletes competing in the National Combined Events with Octavia Cavil (Fifth Form, Nugent) finishing 9th in the Inter girls. Thalia Felton (Lower Sixth, Queen's) and Zoe Pollock (Fourth Form, Nugent) also qualified for the individual National Championships in their first season of indoor competition. 

In the Summer term we have over a hundred athletes training, which provides a fantastic atmosphere and all our athletes are extremely supportive of one another. We compete against other schools during the term including Harrow, Eton, Rugby and Magdalen College. We also compete in the English Schools' Track and Field Cup where last year both our Inter boys and girls made the Regional Finals. Other competitions include County Championships along with the English Schools. In 2015 Octavia Cavil won Gold in the inter girls High Jump and went on to win Silver for England in the SIAB Schools International in Scotland. 

We also host an annual Prep Schools competition as well as a whole School Sports Day, where all 13 Houses compete against each other. It is a great day with many friends and family attending in support. 

Head of Athletics: Mr Kyle Bennett 

Netball

Netball at Stowe is enjoying considerable success and developing a higher profile within the school. Netball is played by the Junior and Senior girls predominantly in the Lent term, although there is a club in the Michaelmas Term to maintain performance, whilst also preparing for the County Tournament. This year the U16 VII qualified for the Regional Finals of the National Tournament. During the Netball season, three teams of Seniors train four times a week playing a full fixture list on Wednesday and Saturdays against competitive schools including Bloxham, Princethorpe, Wellingborough, Cokethorpe and Tudor Hall. Last season, the 1st VII won the St Helen and St Katharine's School Tournament and Louise Highwood was named Player of the Tournament.

We have forged a link with the Loughborough Lightening Superleague team and receive coaching workshops from Karen Atkinson (ex-England Netball Captain and Loughborough Lightening head coach). Pre-season is undertaken with current Loughborough players. These workshops have developed a number of fundamental skills which has been very influential in our match play.

The Junior girls have the opportunity to play as an activity in the Lent term across six teams, where they enjoy fixtures on a Tuesday afternoon against local schools including Royal Latin, Thornton, Akeley Wood, Tudor Hall and Bloxham.

Stowe encourages any girls who have achieved a high standard to pursue the avenue to County and beyond. Lucy-May Wallis, (Nugent 13) played for the Midlands Regional VII (‘11/12), also training for NTL, and Louisa Dobbs (Queen's 10) represented Northern Ireland during her school career. Amelia Leondiou (Third Form, Queen's) is currently representing the North Buckinghamshire County Academy and U16 MK Netters Regional Team.

Head of Netball: Miss Lauren Ellis

Swimming

Swimming at Stowe is a thriving sport. We are blessed with a six lane, 25 metre training pool. Stowe pupils can swim for fun or compete in inter-school galas to County, Regional or National ASA swimming levels. We are very proud to promote some of our pupils representing their countries at an International level. We also have a link with Northampton Swimming Club.

In addition to a very healthy fixture list, the School competes in the English Schools National Swimming Championships, County Championships and the swimming pinnacle for all HMC Schools - The Bath Cup. Stowe also hosts its own increasingly popular Stowe Relay Championships and the Prep Schools team relays.

Inter-House rivalry culminates in the House swimming competition held in February, where both House and individual performances are rewarded. Swimming takes place on a daily basis - dedicated swimmers can take advantage of both early morning, afternoon and evening training sessions. With afternoon sessions for recreational swimmers wanting to keep fit, improve their stroke or try something new.

Master in charge: Mr Stewart Cowie

Golf

Stowe is blessed with one of the finest golf courses of any school, local, national or international. The boys and girls have the opportunity to play throughout the year and many Old Stoics look back on their years at Stowe with huge gratitude for the opportunity that they had to play. Stowe’s rich golfing heritage owes much to the excellent grounding available here.

Regular minibus visits to the Professional Course at Buckingham Golf Club for lessons give beginners an excellent start, whilst boys and girls with experience can benefit from swing analysis and appropriate individual tuition. In inter-school competitive Golf Stowe is regarded very highly, and rightly so; in 2015, for example, in addition to some fine victories in matches, the top five players enabled Stowe to be runners-up to Wellington College in the prestigious Micklem Trophy at Woking Golf Club. Over the past 50 years Stowe has actually won the Micklem more times than any of the other seven schools. We play a number of matches at Stoke Park (courtesy of Chester King – Old Stoic) and other venues recently have included Woburn, Little Aston, Frilford Heath and Studley Wood. Fixtures are held throughout the year against Eton, Harrow, Winchester, Charterhouse, Rugby, Bradfield, Wellington, Radley, Cheltenham, Bedford and others. We also compete in the national HMC Foursomes tournament.

Master in charge: Mr Andrew Hancox

Squash

Squash is a sport on the march at Stowe, both in terms of results and in terms of participation. Blessed with three high quality glass-backed courts, two England Squash Level 2 coaches, a vibrant squash ladder and a hotly contested Inter-House competition, the game's profile has never been higher and the host of players more enthusiastic or accomplished. This wealth of resources means that Stowe is highly competitive on the inter-school circuit and the team has achieved strong results during recent seasons. Any parents wishing more information or former pupils wishing to play in the Old Stoics vs School Fixture on Speech Day should contact the MiC Squash, Mr Floyd.

Master in Charge: Mr Paul Floyd

Polo 

We are very fortunate at Stowe to be able to offer Polo to all abilities throughout the three terms of the School year. We currently have over 25 players of mixed ability, from beginners to Young England players. During the Arena season we have matches against Rugby School, Harrow, Eton, Wellington and Marlborough College which enables all our players to get some much needed match practice before the Schools National Championships held at Rugby Polo Club in March. For the past two years we have been the school with the most teams entered (A to D teams!) and we have won several divisions.

During the Summer term we have many matches for all of our teams, making sure that the beginners get plenty of experience as well as our seasoned players. In 2015 our A team played against the Sandhurst Military officers (and won!) at Sandhurst Academy in front of a large crowd. We are hoping this will be a regular fixture. In 2015 our A team also competed in the prestigious Copenhagen Cup held at Guards Polo Club, an invitation only event for select schools.

Our current Captain of the A team, Jamie Grayson (England U18), has a huge amount of experience and talent and is hoping to continue his polo into a professional career when he leaves Stowe, he is very supportive of all the new players joining our Wednesday and Friday practices! We have two coaches, John Martin and David Ashby. We practice at Heathfield Polo Club during the Arena season and Kirtlington Polo Club during the summer.

Master in Charge: Mrs Fiona Corthine

Basketball

Basketball is played in our well-equipped sports hall. As well as the main goals there are also six practice goals which enable small group practices and greater participation across the width of the hall. There is also a wall-mounted, electronic scoreboard. There are two outdoor basketball courts on the Shop Courts and a further outdoor basketball court at the Athletics Track. 

Stoics are introduced to basketball during timetabled PE lessons and Stoics who wish to further develop their basketball skills have the opportunity to do so during afternoon and evening activities.

Basketball is mainly played in the Lent term when there are many inter-school matches against other public schools and the local maintained schools. We run boys’ teams at U14, U15, U16, U17 and U18 level and girls' teams at U14 and U16 level and we will have an U18 team from the 2016/17 season. We enter County and National competitions for both boys and girls. We also run numerous Inter-House competitions as well as an evening basketball club for the boys and girls.

First and foremost, basketball is played for enjoyment, however, the practices and matches serve to develop self-confidence, a sense of belonging, high skill levels, self-discipline, fair play and the ability to win and lose gracefully.

Master in Charge & Head Coach: Mr Isaac Michael 

Soccer

Soccer is played in the Lent term at Stowe. We have a strong fixture list which sees us taking on teams from the Midlands such as Wellingborough, Uppingham, King's Ely, Oakham and Oundle. We also play more local teams like Abingdon, St Edward's, Dr Challoner's and Royal Latin. The season culminates in the annual Stowe vs Old Stoics fixture.

We field three Senior teams and an U16 A team. The majority of games are played on a Saturday afternoon, although there are some midweek fixtures. Teams train three afternoons a week, focusing on skill development and game awareness. The coaching staff is supplemented by the MK Dons Sport & Education Trust whose coaches work with the boys across all the teams and also talent spot for the Championship side. Current plans are for a soccer tour in the Lent term of 2016.

Master in Charge: Mr Andrew Jackson 

Water Polo

In water polo we field U14, U16 and Senior boys teams in inter-school matches over the year. Water polo fixtures are mainly played in the Lent term, but we also enter the English Schools' Water Polo Championships every year. Water Polo is also played at House level and there are various cup events we run during the School year. 

Master in Charge: Mr Stewart Cowie

Badminton

Badminton is played in the Michaelmas term and depending on numbers we can often field two boys' teams and one girls. Our coach Sara Sankey (ex-England International) joins us twice a week to put pupils through their paces. Sara not only helps the team members to progress, but also assists with identifying talent and bringing younger players through. The team plays on average 10 matches throughout the term and Stoics have the opportunity to practice four afternoons a week. Junior and Senior Inter-House tournaments are held during the term and are fiercely contested. In addition a tournament for the regular team players is held at the end of the term.

Master in Charge: Mrs Hazel Browne

Rounders

Rounders' at Stowe has been running for two years and both years the teams have finished the season unbeaten. We run two U15 teams and two U14 teams. The matches are played midweek against local schools such as Thornton College and Akeley Wood. We also run several Inter-House leagues for all age groups which take place on a Saturday afternoon.

Master in charge: Miss Catrin Evans

Fives

The Eton Fives court area was rejuvenated during the summer of 2004 and the courts are a hive of activity. During the Michaelmas and Lent term Fives is played three times a week with extra days being played particularly in the Lent term with fixtures against other schools, The Eton Fives Association and Old Stoics. John Skinner, the Master in Charge, is a level II coach and on a Friday an external level II coach - Matt Wiseman - is also utilised.

From 2015 we were able to field a full girls’ team for the first time, and it is good to see that the numbers are still on the rise regarding participation. The three courts are in a good condition and all players have the opportunity to use the courts outside of activity time. The annual round of Inter-House matches always sparks extra interest with additional new players as well as spectators.

Master in Charge: Mr John Skinner

Sailing

Sailing is available to boys and girls of all ages at Stowe. It takes place primarily at Great Moor Sailing Club at Calvert, in our fleet of brand new Firefly racing dinghies. During the Summer term we have a School team, which has included both boys and girls, competing against other schools. We also teach Stoics to sail, sometimes using the Toppers on the Eleven Acre Lake at Stowe.

Master in Charge: Mr Michael Bevington

Cross Country 

There is the opportunity to train in the Michaelmas and Lent term for Cross Country and each athlete will receive an individualised training programme to complement their other sporting commitments for the School. In the Michaelmas term competitions are based around the Chiltern League where athletes run for Marshall Milton Keynes AC, who is our local athletics club and the English School Cross Country Cup. In the Lent term we continue with the Chiltern Leagues but also compete in other events such as the Wellington Relays, County Championships and the English Schools. Last year we had three athletes qualifying for the English Schools.

We also hold our whole school Inter-House cross country race in the Michaelmas term, where all 13 Houses compete against each other and it is a great day with many friends and family attending in support.

Master in Charge: Mr Kyle Bennett

Fencing
Fencing has improved vastly over the last few years with introduction of a GB coach Baldip Sahota.

The disciplines we offer are Foil and Epee. We are lucky to field a mixed squad of 15, who are able to fence to a high standard in competition. We enter the English Schools, Public Schools Team Championships and various other open competitions including the Luton Open where we were able to achieve Gold and Silver medals this academic year.

Master in Charge: Mr Stewart Cowie