Sports Development Programme

The Sports Development Programme offers all students at the College an opportunity to develop their skills and fitness to a high level. Sports offered within the programme include rugby, football, basketball and netball, although students who participate in sports not represented at the College are also invited to tap into the range of performance-enhancing opportunities available. 

Training sessions form an integral part of the timetable within the normal College day, allowing you to train regularly with top-class, specialist coaches alongside your main academic programme. Students on the programme will typically have an additional 3–4.5 hours of specialist sports training per week.

The programme encourages participation from learners across the College; it is not exclusive to Sports students or elite sportspeople. If there are large numbers applying for your chosen sport you may need to attend a trial. If you are interested in joining the Sports Development Programme, please indicate this on your initial College application form.


Henley College FC (Women’s) allows female footballers of all abilities to train and play in the highly competitive ECFA league against teams from across the South of England. Our women’s football programme has progressed significantly in recent years. We have a squad of players that include students who play at top clubs such as Wycombe Wanderers, Oxford United and Oxford City. 

We have recently linked with Reading FC to provide additional coaching for our women’s team and also appointed an ECFA Football Activator to promote and develop women’s football.

For further information contact:

Graham Horner at

or Kester Buckland at