Physical Education and Games play a major role within our School and extra-curricular sport is an area in which we pride ourselves. Our ethos is not just about developing elite sportsmen but also about providing all boys with the opportunity to participate and achieve the best they can! Consequently, we offer sport on both a competitive and a recreational level.
The School benefits from very good facilities in the form of a Sports Hall, incorporating a fitness suite and teaching room, gymnasium and extensive on site playing fields. We also utilise the nearby Bebington Oval Sports Centre, and make regular use of the astro turf hockey pitch.
We have excellent links with both local primary schools and sports clubs, hosting Junior Tag Rugby, Cross Country and Basketball events; and benefiting from partnerships with Wirral Rugby Club, Bebington and Neston Hockey Clubs, Wirral AC and Wirral Cricket Club amongst others.
Our main winter games are Rugby Union and Hockey, and in summer, the main sports are Cricket and Athletics. A typical Saturday sees 180+ boys involved in ten Rugby teams, ranging from the 1st XV through to U12Bs. Our fixtures, against a mixture of leading Independent and State Schools take us to Lancashire, Yorkshire, Shropshire and North Wales as well as throughout Cheshire.
We enter National, County and District Competitions and in the ‘Sevens’ season travel the length and breadth of the country competing in top class tournaments. Boys regularly achieve representative honours at district and county level and some, Divisional and International Rugby. Several boys have gone on to play in the Premiership.
Hockey is becoming increasingly popular and has been much stronger in recent years, with teams qualifying for the National Finals. Fixtures are played midweek and tend to be more local, but the standard is very high and we are fast developing into one of the strongest schools in the North West. Again, our boys regularly gain representative honours at District and County level and occasionally as an International!
We run Basketball teams from Years 7 – 11, which compete in the Wirral Schools’ Basketball Leagues and are regular winners of these Competitions. Badminton teams play locally and enter National Competitions and Handball is gaining in popularity with teams recently reaching the National Finals.
Many boys who do not gain school honours represent their House in intra-school sport. House matches are played in all the major sports (including rugby, basketball, badminton, hockey, volleyball, handball, cross country running, cricket and athletics) throughout the year.
Outdoor and Adventurous activities are catered for in Years 8 and 9, when all boys are encouraged to take part in residential experiences to North Wales. Year 8 pupils visit Colomendy, an Outdoor Education Centre near Mold, where they take part in a wide range of on-site activities including caving, climbing, abseiling, raft building and various high level rope activities. Year 9 boys build upon their experiences in Year 8 at the Conway Centre on Anglesey, where activities include kayaking, canoeing, surfing, mountain walking and sea level traversing.
The School runs an annual ski trip to Austria which is very popular and caters for all levels, from beginners to advanced skiers.
The School also boasts a proud tradition in overseas touring. In recent years pupils have travelled to Canada, USA, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and the West Indies as well as all over mainland Europe, representing Wirral Grammar School at Rugby, Hockey and Cricket. Tours regularly include over 80 boys and are frequently the culmination and reward for seven years of hard work and commitment to school sport.