The sporting achievements of students who attend Millfield
Sport can take students to many wonderful places beyond Millfield, whether that is to US or UK universities through scholarships, or on to the next stage of their career in national and international sport. We recognise how fortunate we have been to play a role that may have contributed to a student’s career in sport. We are equally proud to recognise and value the benefit that sport has to people in their lives and the impact it may have had in whatever career they may go on to.
Millfield is home to nearly 60 international youth representatives at any one time and a small number of students go on to to compete at professional, Olympic or Paralympic level after they have left Millfield. Equally, a number go on to achieve accolades in medicine, business, art and music and they look back fondly on their experiences at Millfield through sport.
Our connection with high achievers in sport allows us to attract and host national teams for international competitions or to hold and host camps for GB senior and junior squads. This provides amazing development experiences for our own students and coaching staff to remain technically relevant when it comes to development in sport.
As well as our students, and our facilities, many of our coaches and support staff play significant roles at national and international levels in their sport. We believe this is great external recognition of their coaching abilities in development and performance sport. Many coach outside of Millfield and are able to bring those experiences and insights back to the school and share with teacher-coaches and students to benefit their development.
We will continue to support high ability and high potential children through sport and provide a deliberately designed, different, development experience to compliment those that have emerged in national and international sporting systems. We are always looking to remain relevant to the emerging trends in sport both nationally and internationally and will constantly evolve and adapt to do so.
Our connection to history
Many internationally renowned sportsmen and women attended Millfield as part of their early development experiences. Rugby players include Wales legend JPR Williams and his compatriot and Lions star Gareth Edwards, England player Chris Robshaw and 2013 Lions player Mako Vunipola. Pam Cookey in netball; in cricket, Ashes winner Simon Jones, World T20 champion Craig Kieswetter and his former batting partner, West Indies opener Kieran Powell, are among a host of current First Class level players that attended the school.
Students who attended Millfield have been seen at every Olympic Games since 1968. Swimmer Duncan Goodhew won Gold and Bronze in Moscow 1980; hockey player Stephen Batchelor won Bronze in LA 1984 and gold in Séoul 1988; and Mary Bignal-Rand made history by winning Gold, Silver and Bronze at the 1964 Tokyo games - in long jump, pentathlon and 4x100m relay respectively. Thirteen Old Millfieldians, competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics including six swimmers, our largest number since 1988. James Guy was named in the top ten most successful athletes, bringing home two golds and one silver medal.
These individuals represent a very small proportion of young people who have benefited in different ways from their time at Millfield through sport. We are proud to have played a small role in their personal success whether through sport or through the other holistic experiences they have through the school in the classroom, through co-curricular or through our extensive boarding experience.
Sport will always play a role in student and parent experience at Millfield. We are proud of our commitment to the benefits it can bring alongside all other elements of a holistic development experience. All that matters in life, matters in sport.
Skye shares how despite riding from a very young age, she never considered riding as a potential career opportunity, until towards the end of her Millfield journey.
A round up of sporting activity at Millfield during January 2024.
Four former Millfield rugby players have been selected by their respective home nations for this year’s Six Nations tournament.
Adam Hastings, Josh Bayliss and Huw Jones have all been selected for Scotland, while Ieuan Davies will represent Wales U20.
Millfield skier Victoria Meneghetti has been selected for the Great Britain Snowsport Alpine squad.
Brownlee brothers coach Malcolm Brown is joining Millfield’s sport staff to shape the newly formed cross sport endurance squad.