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Other Sports

We offer over 25 different sports to ensure a varied and exciting programme which all students can enjoy.


The school has a 6 lane, 400 metre track and good facilities for all the throwing events and jumping events.

The inter-school athletics takes place in the summer term, when Senior boys and girls and Intermediate boys and girls teams compete against other schools. The school has a fine record in the North Eastern HMC athletics meeting.

There is an athletics meet held annually when the Houses compete for the junior and senior athletics cups.  The meet is traditionally closed with a 32 by 200 metre relay - quite a spectacle to finish this hotly competed event.

House Athletics

Cross Country

The school has a long and proud tradition in cross-country running. 

There are girls and boys teams at both Senior and Intermediate levels and in the Autumn and Lent term we offer fixtures against other schools as well as participating in County and North of England events.

We have many courses that take runners into the Ampleforth estate which are a real challenge for runners of any ability. The whole school takes part in a House cross-country event with four races in the Lent term. We also have the ‘Ampleforth Run’, where every elite runner in the school has the opportunity to compete over a mile long uphill course through the valley.


The school uses a beautiful 9 hole golf course situated on the other side of the valley.  Students have the opportunity to play golf on most days of the week.

The school runs a Golf VIII that plays against other schools and clubs. The highlight of the season is the match against the Old Amplefordian Golf club, played annually at Ganton golf course.

There are also several House golf competitions played throughout the year.


Our main winter racket sport is squash, although we also offer badminton as a recreational rather than fixture-led sport.

Squash boasts three senior teams and our participation rates are amongst the highest in the school for team play as we encourage every player to represent the school by organising matches across a range of standards. Our first and second team play regular fixtures against schools and local clubs. We hold an annual House competition as well as an annual individual tournament to find the best squash player.

Squash is also played as an activity in the evening to enable everyone who wishes to learn squash the chance even if they have chosen another sport. Many students like to improve their squash as it can become a life long hobby and one they can easily pick up at university or after in the work place.


Ampleforth College Swimming Club believes in developing and nurturing swimmers of all ages and abilities, in a friendly environment, where mutual respect and trust are core values of our philosophy.  All students are given the opportunity to join the club and develop their individual ability and performance in a team environment.  School coaches assess and manage every participant as a crucial individual in the aquatic team.  Training sessions are kept interesting and varied so as to maintain concentration and effort levels whilst developing a sense of team spirit and belonging, whatever the standard.  Such training allows for differentiation of all abilities and inclusion in inter school matches at all levels.  Records are maintained for short and long distance events and aquatic sports range from racing to survival swimming, and water polo.


A Compass for Life

Full Boarding & Day School for students aged 11 to 18