We aim to encourage a life long love of sport at Hanford by making it enjoyable and success achievable. There are five members of staff in our sports department all of whom are passionate about sport and teaching girls irrespective of the level at which they perform.
When it comes to sport for girls it’s about finding the perfect fit. Boys pick up a ball instinctively and, while a lot of girls will too, some may need a bit more direction. At Hanford the girls are introduced to a wide range of sports so have lots of opportunity to find a sport that suits them.
Alongside the staples of hockey, netball and rounders, they can try their hand at many other games and activities, including tennis, lacrosse, athletics, cross country running, gymnastics, cricket, badminton and volleyball to name but a few. Another added dimension to outdoor pursuits are the famous Hanford ponies. Whether the girls are learning the basics within the indoor arena or venturing out into the gorgeous Dorset countryside they get plenty of exercise and, for the keen rider, there are opportunities to compete and put their skills to the test at tetrathlons and show jumping.
Whilst sporting success is not the central objective of sport at Hanford the girls are nonetheless hugely successful at cross-country running, tetrathlon, biathle and NSEA Show Jumping competitions. The cross country team has been county champions for 4 out of the last 5 years and last summer Hanford girls were county champions in tennis, rounders while they won podium finishes in high jump at a national athletics event.
Once they have found a fit, a sport they love, it’s important to aim to have fun as well as win; the games staff work hard to create enthusiasm for their sport and this enthusiasm is infectious. The more the girls enjoy games, the more they will continue to take part. Clearly this approach is paying dividends. It’s not just the girls who get caught up in Hanford’s passion for sport, it is also the Headmaster. Sometimes after matches are cancelled, due to bad weather, a group of girls will co-opt him to lead a cross country run over Hambledon Hill.