Millfield is justifiably proud of its reputation as the best sporting school in Britain.
This reputation has been gained through the collection of many national championships titles over the years in a variety of sports, and also by the achievements of many famous former pupils.
Millfield’s philosophy, however, has always been sport for life. We believe the provision of a healthy level of exercise and activity is essential to the wellbeing of our pupils. The top teams and elite sportsmen and women are great role models, but the many other teams and competitors who turn out for the school with great determination and enthusiasm are at the heart of Millfield’s sporting success.
All these qualities are recognised at the annual Millfield Sports Awards and Colours Dinner, where achievement and commitment is rewarded and the sporting year celebrated.
National and international success
In recent years Millfield teams have won national championships in girls’ athletics, cricket, fencing, football, golf, modern pentathlon, tetrathlon, riding, rugby and rugby 7s, boys’ and girls’ squash and boys’ tennis. Millfield pupils have also enjoyed success on the world stage, either representing their countries in team or individual sports or winning medals in international competition.
Twenty-one Millfield competitors participated in over 30 events representing 8 nations at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Millfield participants won a total of three gold, three silver and four bronze medals at the games, breaking several records along the way.
Many internationally renowned sportsmen and women received their early coaching at Millfield. Rugby players include Wales legend JPR Williams and his compatriot and Lions star Gareth Edwards, England player Chris Robshaw and 2013 Lions player Mako Vunipola. Pam Cookey is Director of Netball at Severn Stars and won the Superleague seven times with both Team Bath and Surrey Storm. The former England Captain had 114 caps over eleven years for the Roses as well as representing her country at U17 and U21 levels. In cricket, Ashes winner Simon Jones, World T20 champion Craig Kieswetter and his former batting partner, West Indies opener Kieran Powell, are among a host of current First Class level players that attended the school. Then there are the Olympians.
Millfield has been represented at every Olympic games since 1956. In total 68 athletes have competed at the Olympic and Paralympics, representing 12 different countries and winning 21 medals. Eight of these Millfield Olympians competed while still at the school.
Swimmer Duncan Goodhew won gold and bronze in Moscow 1980; hockey player Stephen Batchelor won bronze in LA 1984 and gold in Séoul 1988; and Mary Bignal Rand made history by winning gold, silver and bronze at the 1964 Tokyo games - in long jump, pentathlon and 4x100m relay respectively. Eight Millfieldians, including Class of 2016 swimmer Cameron Kurle, competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Helen Glover repeated her performance at London 2012, winning a gold medal in rowing, Ollie-Lindsay Hague won silver with the first ever Olympic Rugby 7s Great Britain team and James Guy, who still trains at Millfield, won two silver medals in the pool.
The school looks forward to some of its finest sportsmen and women taking part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.