At Kingham Hill School we are committed to helping individuals develop values and abilities that will support them in the future. Employers consistently seek confident individuals who are able to work towards a common goal as a part of a team, communicate clearly and manage success and failure effectively. We believe that rugby is the vehicle that allows us to develop these characteristics whilst also improving physical and mental health in an inclusive and enjoyable environment.

Our coaching philosophy draws heavily from the French “Plaisir Du Mouvement” style which uses gameplay to incorporate tactical and technical development at all levels. We challenge our players to think for themselves and create an environment in which the senior players become leaders amongst the teams and everyone plays rugby for the enjoyment and pleasure that it brings. The 1st XV is conscious that representing the school is an honour and a privilege and are given the responsibility of being role models for both their peers and the rest of the school.

Under the guidance of the Director of Rugby, Lynn Evans (recent recipient of the RFU President’s Outstanding Contribution Award) and the Head of Rugby, Tom Phillips, Kingham Hill Rugby has become known for its fast paced and fluid style which is heavily player-centric and consistently involves the pupils in their own development process. A mixture of contact and touch rugby enables every individual to find an aspect of the sport that they can enjoy and the partnership with Stow-on-the-Wold RFC enables players to further develop their abilities beyond the Hill should they desire. The Sevens programme in the Lent term offers players the opportunity to represent the school at the historic Rosslyn Park Competition.

The touring policy also enables players to enjoy the chance to play abroad at both a junior and senior level with recent tours to Holland, Spain and Portugal.