Shrewsbury House School celebrates 120 years of Sports Fixtures

On 21st October 1896 Shrewsbury House played its first ever match against Sydenham College U14s. According to the then Headmaster, Fletcher Woodhouse, the Shrewsbury House football team ‘were victorious by 10 goals to one’.

The 2016 Shrewsbury House 1st XI Football team before their game vs Rokeby
The 2016 Shrewsbury House 1st XI Football team before their game vs Rokeby

24th October 2016 — Following this initial encounter further matches were arranged against other schools, many of which no longer exist. Historical records do show that Shrewsbury House was playing football against Parkside School in 1902 and Rokeby School in 1903. These are fixtures that remain on the sporting calendar to this day. Since that first match, estimates put the number of sports fixtures played by the school in excess of 75,000.

From 1896 onwards a proud sporting tradition has been maintained at Shrewsbury House and the School 1st team won the IAPS National Six-a-Side Football tournament and made the quarter finals of the Investec Independent Schools Football Association Cup last season. After the introduction of football in 1896, cricket was played at Shrewsbury House from 1897 and rugby followed in the early 1930s. At present the SHS 1st XV and U10 rugby teams are reigning National Champions, whilst the U11 cricket team won Surrey’s Verney Cup last summer.

It would be wrong to suggest that Sport at Shrewsbury House is simply about winning. Last academic year around 1,000 fixtures were played across all sports. The ethos is very much one of participation and there are regular fixtures for teams such as the Under 8H team, through to the school 8th XI. Teams also compete at hockey, triathlon, cross country, golf, tennis, athletics, skiing, swimming and clay shooting. Each year the boys take part in a rugby tour to South Africa or a cricket tour to the Caribbean. These tours are open to all boys in Years 7 and 8, regardless of their sporting prowess as the School recognises that the cultural and educational experience of touring is as important as sporting development.

Headmaster Kevin Doble said: “For such an academically successful school to be able to enjoy such a high profile and continuing success and engagement in sport is so reaffirming, especially in recognising the extraordinary accomplishments also achieved by all boys in music and the arts. The boys are very busy and certainly very fortunate.” 

Shrewsbury House (Boys 3-13, Girls 3-7) is a day school in Surrey.

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