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Sports Colours

How and why are they awarded?

Colours and Highly Commended Certificates (= ½ Colours) recognise certain team players for the contribution they make to extra-curricular sport.  They are presented in Assembly at the end of the Lent and Trinity Terms to reward outstanding commitment and attainment over the course of the season. 

  • Junior Colours (light blue badges) are awarded to girls in Years 7, 8 and 9.
  • Senior Colours (white badges) are awarded to girls in Years 10, 11 and Sixth Form.

Colours are awarded in the following areas: 

  • Main curricular sports (light blue and white badges): Athletics, Badminton, Biathlon, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Netball, Rounders and Tennis.
  • Other representative sports (navy blue badges):  Fencing, Horse Riding, Rowing and Sailing.

It is difficult for the younger age groups to receive Colours; only a few outstanding players in Years 7, 8 and 10 will receive them (and only a few Year 11 players in 1st Team Lacrosse).

Colours can be re-awarded the following year, but this is not automatic and should not be expected.

The number of Colours awarded in each team often reflects how successful that team has been during the season. 

In Year 9 and Upper Sixth, all girls who have maintained a regular A Team place, as well as showing excellent contribution and commitment to their sport over their junior and senior years respectively, will receive their Colours.  In addition, Highly Commended Certificates are awarded to some girls in the U14B and 2nd Teams who deserve special recognition for their outstanding contribution. 

Amalgamation Colours

Amalgamation Colours serve to identify those girls who participate in a tremendous amount of extra-curricular sport.  Some girls often represent the school in a number of areas without ever reaching the particular standard required for Colours; however, their individual contribution is still considered extremely important and deserves special recognition. 

Amalgamation Colours, therefore, reward girls who have regularly represented the school in FOUR different areas during their junior (U12, U13 and U14) and senior (U15, U16 and U18) years.  They are presented on the first occasion at the end of Year 9 and then again in Year 11.  In the Sixth Form, it is felt that maintaining an interest in so many sports is difficult to achieve alongside A Levels and other responsibilities, so at the end of Upper Sixth, Amalgamation Colours are awarded for representational sport in three different areas.