Repton has a fine and long tradition in football; first adopting the round ball in 1875 and playing our first competitive game in 1878. Matches were first played against Shrewsbury and Charterhouse 120 and 107 years ago respectively, making us one of the oldest and long-established football schools in the country.

Football is played as the major sport in the Michaelmas Term and the School runs up to twelve teams. Fixtures take place on Tuesdays and Saturdays against both other independent and local schools. The 1st XI play in the Derbyshire County Cup and the 1st XI, U16A, U15Aand U14A teams play in the English Schools’ Cup (ESFA). In addition the 1st XI plays in the prestigious Boodles ISFA Cup and the U15 team plays in the Investec ISFA Cup. We also enter several small-sided competitions throughout the school year.

Director of Football Coaching Tom Statham, a Manchester United academy coach, has introduced a two term football coaching programme. In addition to regular fixtures against other schools, we have recently played matches against club academies including Manchester United, Leicester City and Burton Albion. A development programme is ran for our best senior players in which we continue to train and play fixtures. We have strong links with local academies, with several of our students connected to professional football clubs. Individual training programs are drawn up for such players and we have been particularly successful in balancing the needs of academy football with A-levels. Old Reptonian Johnny Gorman managed to balance A-levels at Repton with an academy programme at a Premiership club along with winning 8 full caps for Northern Ireland. We have also had boys at Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday and Burton Albion following similar paths.

Our junior teams are taken by experienced coaches, with the first two years at Repton overseen by Tom Statham and Richie Williams, who is a Derby County academy coach.

Repton has twelve pitches and they have been kindly acknowledged by many of our opposition schools as the best on the circuit. Certainly the 1st XI pitch, with the School as its backdrop, is a magnificent facility and regularly hosts the annual match between the Northern and Southern Independent Schools. It also hosts an annual Academy fixture between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

While there is a demanding schedule for the School teams, the remaining boys also enjoy a full programme of internal matches, playing each week in the Michaelmas term in an inter-house competition. We also run 6-a-side and indoor 5-a-side competitions.

Football is a popular sport with the girls at Repton. They have regular coaching sessions and matches in the Lent term and are members of the newly formed Midlands League.

Matt Carrington
Head of Football