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With a whole-school games afternoon each week, along with two games lessons, team practices and various sports sessions on a further three afternoons, there are plenty of opportunities to be involved in sport on a regular basis at Bethany School.



Our core sports for boys are swimming, football, hockey and cricket and for girls, swimming, netball, hockey and cricket. With opportunities to train in our weekly clubs and compete in athletics, rugby, girls football, squash, tennis, basketball, climbing, high ropes and martial arts.


Meet the Sports Team

Mr Matt Payne

Director of Sport

Miss Sam King

Head of Girls’ Sport

Mr Tom Henson

Teacher of Sport

Mr Jamie Forde

Sports Assistant, PT & Pool Manager

Mr Miguel DeSouza

Football Coach

Ms Lisa Chapman

Swimming Coach

Mr Alasdair Ramsay

Cricket Coach

Ms Kathryn Cannings

Netball Coach

Ms Tracey Jones

Netball Coach

Miss Phoebe Sharp

Hockey Coach




Pupils have the opportunity to compete for the School in regular fixtures; not only in the major team games but also in individual or small team sports. We run a full and high-quality fixture list and regularly achieve success against much larger schools.


Our staff are specialists, teaching the sports that they are passionate about and offering professional-level coaching for pupils at the top of their game.

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Football Excellence Pathway

We are delighted to introduce the Bethany Football Excellence Pathway. With our partners at Maidstone United Football Club, this pathway has been set up to target both UK and International pupils who aspire to become elite footballers whilst, at the same time, pursue a strong academic education. We recognise the significance of providing a comprehensive child centred education that nurtures both intellectual and physical aptitudes, and this pathway is tailored to achieve this.


Our Football Excellence Pathway is designed to build an exceptionally strong foundation for aspiring football talents. Initially open to UK and overseas boys aged 13 – 15 years old, it will also be expanded to include all ages and both sexes in the coming years.

Elite Swimming Programme

Bethany run an elite swimming coaching programme for pupils who are competition swimmers and those who show potential in the pool.


Under the coaching regime of ex-Olympian, Lisa Chapman, who competed for Great Britain at the Athens Olympics, pupils attend up to two hours coaching a week to improve their stroke technique, water fitness and race performance.


Pupils have the option to swim before school and during lunchtimes too.

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“Sport at Bethany is played with a positive attitude and there is an emphasis on everyone getting involved.”
Year 9 Sports Scholar
Outstanding facilities

Our sports facilities include;

  • An award-winning 25 metre, six-lane swimming pool
  • A state-of-the-art fitness suite
  • Floodlit all weather hockey pitch and tennis courts
  • A hugely popular high ropes course and climbing wall
  • Squash and netball courts
  • Football, rugby and cricket pitches
  • Modern sports hall with basketball, badminton and cricket nets
Sporting Excellence

Scholarships are available at Bethany, for Year 7, Year 9 and Year 12 pupils who excel in one or multiple sports.


Sport scholarships at Bethany enable pupils to take their game to the next level – please contact the Registrar if you would like more details.


There is plenty of opportunity to attend one of our sports tours or skiing trips. In previous years we have taken trips to Malta, Holland, Valencia and Barcelona.


We are also proud supporters of the Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club.

“From a quiet, unsure and reserved boy, Jack has progressed through school to success in GCSEs, rugby tours and 1st XV rugby. His confidence has grown immeasurably, and we look forward positively to his next steps leaving home for university.”
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