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High Performance Programme

We make sure that we provide our most talented sportspeople with the right support by inviting them to join the Haileybury High Performance Programme (HPP). Directed by former international rugby player Michael Owen, HPP is an individually tailored sporting development programme. Through it, we help our most gifted pupils to achieve their goals and maximise their potential, including competing at a regional or national level. 

High Performance Programme

About HPP

The programme has been designed to meet the aspirations of our most talented sportsmen and women. International honours were achieved recently by pupils Lucy Price and Nick Page in hockey and Nick Isiekwe in rugby.

Our aim is to support pupils to maximise their potential and meet their personal goal of playing at their highest possible level. We invite pupils to join the programme who demonstrate a suitable playing pedigree and appropriate attitude to their personal sports development and to their schooling.

The programme focusses on the key sports of rugby, hockey, cricket, netball and lacrosse. However, other sports are considered at the discretion of the Director of HPP. Pupils can be invited to join at any stage of their school career from 13+. It is worth noting that the award of a sports scholarship at 11+ does not represent an automatic invitation at 13+.

Programme content

  • Strength and conditioning session once a week, under the guidance of Michael Owen

  • Technical skills session once a week, with a world class sporting specialist (turn to the next page for a list of our full time coaches)

  • Close liaison, where appropriate, with the relevant governing body to make sure the programme marries up to an individual’s goals and to national governing body or club recommendations

  • Exclusive sportswear for all members

  • Sports psychology sessions, media training, and lectures by inspirational speakers from the world of sport

  • Sports specific enrichment excursions to gain exposure to top class sport and to sample life as a professional sportsperson (for example, meeting Susie Townsend at Bisham Abbey or Jamie George at Allianz Park). 

HPP coaching staff

We benefit from a team of highly experienced staff:

  • Darren Cheesman, former England and GB hockey international 
  • Jackie Mizon, International Netball Federation Umpire 
  • Michael Owen, former Wales and British Lions rugby captain
  • Daan Van Bunge, former Dutch cricket international.  

Old Haileyburian sports stars

A number of our former pupils have continued their love of sport after leaving the College. Some Old Haileyburians have gone on to play professionally and others at the highest amateur levels. These include England and Saracens' rugby star Jamie George and England and Kent cricketer Sam Billings. 

Specialist sports

We are able to provide expert one to one coaching and advice for pupils in our focus sports. As well as this, we can offer support in and out of school for our pupils whose talents lie in more specialist sporting areas. 

For more information

To read more, please click on the link to our High Performance Programme brochure below.

You can also contact Mr Andy Searson, our Director of Sport for more information: a.searson@haileybury.com

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