A reputation for Sporting excellence

Boys at Stewart’s Melville College are able to participate in a wide variety of sports and, whether our boys want to compete internationally or simply enjoy recreational sport, many take inspiration from the School’s sporting greats, including 6 British Lions, and Olympians including David Florence and David Willkie. This legacy serves to encourage every boy to develop his talents and strive to be the best he can be.

A total of 63 teams covering 14 sports represented Stewart’s Melville College last session including 27 rugby teams which were supported by 30 members of staff. Over 550 boys represented the school in one or more sports' fixtures against other schools.

Stewart’s Melville College recent sporting successes include: 

  • Rugby: Winners of the Scottish Schools' Rugby Under 18 Cup in 2019 as well as 1999, 2006, 2011 and 2016. Finalists on six occasions
  • Hockey: Scottish Schools’ Under 18 Hockey Champions in 2013, 2017 and 2018, and runners up in 2016
  • Hockey: Scottish Schools' Under 15 Hockey Champions in 2017 and 2018
  • Football: Scottish Independent Schools’ Under 18 Football Champions in 2011, 2013, 2017 and 2019
  • Football: S1 won the Scottish Cup in 2016 and Finalists in 2019
  • Swimming: Winners of the Bath Cup and the Otter Medley Cup in 2018 and 2019
  • Cricket: Scottish Independent Schools’ T20 Cricket Cup Winners in 2012, Joint Winners in 2013 and Finalists in 2014 and 2016
  • Cricket: One of The Cricketer magazine's Top 100 Cricket Schools
  • Badminton: Lothian League Champions in 2018 for the fourth consecutive year
  • Badminton: Edinburgh Schools' Mixed Doubles champions in collaboration with The Mary Erskine School 2016
  • Cross Country: S1 and S6 Teams became Scottish Champions in 2018

Boys regularly represent their country at national level in sports including hockey, rugby and football. Recent Former Pupils who have gone on to follow a career in sport include David Florence, a slalom canoeist who was the 2013 and 2015 world champion in individual canoe slalom and silver medallist at the Rio Olympic Games and 2013 pairs canoe slalom champion, middle-distance runner Jake Wightman, Walker Cup golfer Grant Forrest and captain of the Scotland Rugby 7s team, Scott Riddell.

While we achieve many local and national successes at the very highest level, our large number of teams means that boys who want to play a particular sport simply to have the opportunity to be part of a team and play in competitions are able to do so. They enjoy opportunities which would not be available to them at a smaller school, so sport really is for everyone at Stewart’s Melville College.

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