The Lions brand was originally set up in 2011 by one of our Founders, Simon Pennock, to allow more children from all backgrounds to enjoy top level sports coaching on a volunteer basis. The Lions offered support to players who missed out on representative rugby and provided a structured and fun environment to develop young players skills, with the end result of playing games against established private schools.
Alton is an excellent school which attracts bright, talented pupils, not just those who are academically gifted but those who have something to offer and will make the most of the opportunities we provide.
Rugby – for girls who are interested as well as boys - will be a focus for the school going forward.
ARFC players with exceptional ability in an individual sport are encouraged to apply for a Sports Scholarship for entry into Year 7 in our Senior School. We have recently launched a new scholarship programme offering tailored support including physiotherapist screening, strength and conditioning training, a workshop with a sport nutritionist, and a training session with a world-leading mental performance coach. Scholarships are worth 20% of school fees and are annually reviewed, although the expectation is that they will remain in place throughout a pupil’s time at school. Applicants need a recommendation from their coach, evidence of their ability (further details on application), and be prepared for an interview with our Director of Sport. Successful applicants must pass our entrance exam.
ARFC players who love sport, but who wouldn’t necessarily gain a scholarship, are encouraged to apply for a Sports Development Award on entry into Year 7. Applicants should supply a recommendation from their coach and will be assessed by our Sports Department around the time of the entrance exam. Recipients are required to actively participate in our sports programme throughout their time at school. Development Awards are worth from 10% of the fees and are reviewed annually. Successful applicants must pass our entrance exam.
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