WPPS has a rich sporting history, having been highly competitive amongst our local schools for many decades. In summer the boys play cricket, water polo, swimming and tennis. In winter the sports are rugby, hockey, squash and cross country. All boys are required to play sport, and team sports are encouraged.
Structured practices start in Grade 1 and competitive sport begins in Grade 3. Grade N and R boys are offered a fun, yet highly beneficial, games session four days a week. The ethos at WPPS is one of involvement, enjoyment and improvement.
The WPPS sports calendar always begins with a highly competitive and enjoyable Athletics programme. Every boy competes in the Standards Day for house points, and the top athletes are selected for Sports Day. The school squad then competes in a Quadrangular in the first term and a meeting in Paarl in the fourth term.
The recent upgrade of cricket facilities has been warmly welcomed by the boys and coaches. Five brand new nets now surround the Mount Royal turf wicket. The rest of the facilities include two artificial wickets on the Dauncey and Douglas Murray, as well as a further two nets on the Douglas Murray.
The 15 WPPS teams play midweek in local league matches, with the 1st XI and 2nd XI playing in the Saturday league.
The U10A and U11A teams also enjoy regular Saturday fixtures against our local rivals. Cricket skills are compulsory for Grades 1 and 2, with a fun session of “stump cricket” on a Friday afternoon. Mini-cricket matches takes place from U9, and from U10 the boys are exposed to the full version of the game. The traditional ethos of cricket is strictly instilled in all our boys.
Training runs take place over a tough route in Newlands Forest. League races are held on Friday afternoons at various locations across the Peninsula. One of the highlights of the calendar is our annual inter-house cross country race held at the beautiful Klein Constantia.
WPPS hockey has been bolstered by the addition of our “mini astro”. This gives the boys the opportunityvto hone their astro skills and enjoy mini games. We do also make use of local full size astro for practice. The 11 teams who play their matches on Wednesday or Thursdays make use of the Dauncey as our home venue. Hockey skills are compulsory for Grades 1 and 2, with formal matches starting in Grade 3.
WPPS fields 14 teams from U9 – U13 and the boys play on three fields; the Mount Royal, Douglas Murray and Dauncey fields. Matches take place on Saturday mornings. Rugby is compulsory once a week for Grades 1 and 2, with an additional, fun, voluntary session on a Friday evening, dubbed “Park Rugby”.
Squash is a popular sport at WPPS. The teams practise and play matches at UCT. The school buses transport the boys to four practices a week and we field two teams who participate in league matches on Fridays.
The swimming squad competes in regular galas hosted by our local schools. Swimming continues to be a popular sport and the local pentangular gala is a highly competitive event. Swimming skills are compulsory for Grades 1 & 2 and the gala squad starts from U8.
WPPS water polo has grown in popularity and strength over recent years. We have 10 teams from U10 to U13. Matches take place on Friday afternoons, and our practice facilities include our own swimming pool and the use of three local water polo pools.
Tennis continues to be a popular sports choice in summer. WPPS field 4 teams in the league and have been highly competitive of late. We make use of the courts at Claremont Tennis Club and practices take place from Monday to Thursday with matches played on a Friday.
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