MCS offers a wide variety of sports, using both school and university facilities. Our programme gives pupils the chance to experience a breadth of sporting opportunities in an environment that is inclusive but challenging. See more in the video below:
Structure of MCS Sport
There are a broad range of sports available at MCS, which include our Focus Sports. The Focus Sports are where we place the majority of our coaching expertise, as well as playing the greatest number of fixtures. These sports are:
Boys – Rugby, Hockey, Cricket and Tennis
Girls – Hockey, Netball, Tennis and Athletics
The Focus Sports have a presence over all three terms, with one term reserved for competition. They run a full fixture programme of both midweek and weekend fixtures. MCS aims to field Senior 1st – 3rd teams, U16A - B, U15A – C, and U14, U13 and U12 all fielding A - D sides.
Other games options include athletics, badminton, basketball, climbing, cross country, football, golf, gym, rounders, rowing, sailing and squash. There also regular fixtures in these sports, to provide opportunity for pupils to represent the school.
Every pupil has two timetabled games sessions per week with additional after-school practices for those involved in competitive squads.
All Heads of Sport are asked to design their programme with two specific aims – Performance and Participation. The Performance side of the programme is designed to promote excellence and encourage success within our competitive sides. The Participation aim is to ensure that there are as many people playing sport as possible and that the experience is both fun and enjoyable.
At MCS there is a sporting option for everyone and we aim to support every pupil in finding the sport for them and helping them make the most of their ability.
School Field provides a stunning centre piece for MCS sport and the school is uniquely fortunate in having access to a first-class range of college and university facilities. These include:
- Christ Church playing fields
- Magdalen playing fields
- Merton playing fields
- Marston Road astro hockey pitch
- Iffley Road University Sports Centre, Track and Pool
- Oxford Hawks water-based astro hockey pitches
- Direct access to the river from school for Rowing Club
- Farmoor Reservoir for the Sailing Club
Please note that we cannot offer parking for supporters unless otherwise advised. Parking is available at St Clements Pay and Display Car Park, and at Banbury Road North.
MCS is able to provide fantastic experience in its coaching staff. The highly qualified full-time department are supplemented by sport specialists and professionals. The sports department has grown significantly in the past few years and provides a depth of programme that is second to none. Andy Watts, Director of Sport, oversees a broadly talented department, including:
- Grant Seely – England Rugby International, Northampton Saints player & Level 4 Coach
- Todd Williams – Australian Hockey International & Premier League Coach
- Alan Duncan – Performance Coach Sussex CCC & Level 4 Coach
- David Tuck – MCS Tennis Professional & LTA Level 3 Coach
For the full list of coaching staff, please visit our Sport Site.
Advanced Level Provision
We are keen to support our most talented sportsmen and women in achieving their goals and fulfilling their potential. This includes scholarships, mentoring and provision of high quality opportunities within school and outside school.
Existing partnerships with Sussex CCC, Wasps Rugby and Premier League coaches within our hockey staff demonstrate the quality of provision that is available.
Sport scholarships are available at 13+ and 16+. The scholarships are supplemented with a mentoring scheme and specific access to strength and conditioning support. Ed Dupee oversees all our sports scholars as well as the mentoring programme.
See some of our player profiles.
As well as a number of UK based tours, the focus sports tour on a rotational basis, with a major international tour every year (every 3 years per each focus sport).
The tour rota is designed to allow large number of pupils to tour and experience different sporting cultures. The aim is for pupils to have one Junior and one Senior touring opportunity during their time at MCS.
The Hockey club travelled to Malaysia and Singapore in summer 2016, and cricket toured Sri Lanka in 2017. The Rugby club will tour in 2018.
* Per the Usher's email from 1st September 2016 you will be prompted for a password to access the team sheet for a fixture. Please see the email for further details.