The sporting possibilities at Shrewsbury are enormous and our wonderful site makes such diversity possible. Brief details follow of some of these sports. Please also see our pages on Fixtures - Other Sports and Latest News - Other Sports to get a feel for the range and participation in these activities.
We have a professional archery coach who comes to the School on Wednesday afternoons. All pupils are invited to try out this fabulous Olympic sport - no previous experience is necessary, and all equipment is provided. The sessions take place in the Alington Hall from 4.45pm - 6.00pm on Wednesdays.
Athletics has a proud history at Shrewsbury, boasting an Olympic gold medallist among our Old Salopians in the form of Bob Tisdall for the 400m Hurdles in 1932. Though the School lost its own track in the mid-1990s, the sport has been resurgent in recent years and now boasts a team that competes with some of the best schools in the country.
In the Summer Term, pupils compete in a full fixture-list, including meets at RGS Worcester, Uppingham, King Edward’s School Birmingham and the Achilles Relays at Iffley Road, Oxford. We also compete in more local fixtures, such as the Shropshire AA County Champs, the English Schools Champs, the Wrekin Relays and the ESAA Track and Field Cup.
We train three times per week at the London Road facility, and have specialist coaches in a number of disciplines to cater to individual goals and strengths. We also have a healthy programme of inter-House athletics events, including the Sidney-Darwin Dash and Quarter-Mile Challenge, as well as the annual Sports Day, held at the London Road track as part of Salopian Week.
Badminton is popular with a committed core of students who attend practices twice a week in the Michaelmas and Lent terms. The School team plays several matches during the year against local schools, and pupils of all ages are involved in the squad. An annual inter-house competition inevitably creates stong rivalry.
Shrewsbury School has a thriving community of basketball players who train three times a week and normally play one match per week against local schools in both knockout cup and league competitions. Training takes place on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and is available to boys and girls in all year groups. There is a strong core of overseas students who perform very well in basketball and have often acquired the skills at their previous schools in clubs and schools . The players work with two committed external coaches, Geoff Parry and Josh Crutchley, who are hugely experienced as players, coaches and officials, under the guidance of Mr Hughes, Housemaster of Ridgemount, who also arranges the fixtures.
There are U19 boys' and girls' teams and an U16 team who play in the county league and knockout and also the English Schools’ Basketball League where we play five other schools in the West Midlands area, with the aim of progressing onto national rounds.
Along with the training sessions there are opportunities for pupils to go and watch the Shropshire Warriors play in Telford and the coach also organises a Sunday training camp once per term, which is always popular as it gives pupils a chance to really work at their skills in an intense period of time.
Talented players are encouraged to take trials for the county and attend training sessions and matches.
The Fencing Club meets every Wednesday (5pm - 6.30pm) and every Saturday (2pm until 4.30pm) under the tutorship of professional coaches Ken and Andrew Holding, both of whom are British Fencing qualified. Andrew is a former British cadet sabreuer with over twenty years of fencing experience and well known on the sabre circuit. Ken has represented the West Midlands on numerous occasions and has been runner up at the West Midlands mens foil and mens sabre, and placed second and third at the Shropshire Open and Hereford and Worcester Open respectively.
During their time at Shrewsbury, Ken and Andrew have achieved great success with their school fencers at national level, with several of their pupils representing Great Britain and their home countries.
The club's fencers compete regularly at open and county competitions and against school, university and local clubs. All club members are equipped to the highest national standards (800n jackets and under plastrons, 1600n masks and maraging blades). The club has the benefit of having its own metallic piste.
Ten-week courses for beginners are run from the beginning of the school year and fencers compete in internal school competitions. Fencers can use the activity as part of their Duke of Edinburgh award.
Beginners, more experienced players and the merely curious are most welcome to explore this exhilerating sport, described as chess at 30 miles an hour. We train principally with Longdole Polo Club at Birdlip in Gloucestershire, sometimes at Rugby and occasionally in Cheshire.
Whether during the arena season in winter or on the broad, green fields of summer, matches pitch us against even the most challenging of other schools, both at individual games and at National Schools tournaments.
Shooting: Royal Shrewsbury School Rifle Club (RSSRC)
Shrewsbury School shooting has experienced an encouraging increase in popularity in recent years and some prominent talent is emerging.
Volleyball is popular with students as a House competition sport, and we also play a limited number of School fixtures.