From the moment a boy joins Winchester College, they are able to get involved in house competitions. One boy remarked that this was the main reason he was so competitive, ‘In my second week, I was part of a house football competition, and just days after that the first-year inter-house cross-country race. For me, those events instilled a desire to give everything I had each time I represented my house. I have taken that spirit with me throughout my time here.’
For many at Winchester, house competitions offer a unique opportunity for competition at all levels. Whether it’s in golf or water polo, every result is greeted with rapturous applause during announcements in-house. Nowhere else in the school will you see such a high level of commitment than on the football field during the senior house match (known as Chawker Pot) or at the inter-house swimming competition. But why is house sport so enthralling for all those involved, as well as those spectating?
‘Chawker Pot is in the walls of Beloes’ - this quote from a team huddle before a house football game really sums up the view among boys at Winchester. Groups of boys are bound together by an inexplicable force, known as ‘house spirit’. From what I hear from friends at other schools, it isn’t quite the same anywhere else.
‘It’s something about Winchester I think. It’s so easy to get into the sport, and everybody in the house really feels like one big family whilst competing,’ said one boy. This view is widely held around the school, with pupils and teachers alike getting involved either in an officiating capacity or chanting from the sidelines.
You might think that the sheer volume of house competitions during the school year would dilute interest, but I have found this to be far from the truth. Last year, the entire house erupted after an announcement about water polo. What’s more, at every event, you’ll find a house tutor or Housemaster offering support to the boys involved. Above all, the commitment in these competitions really fosters a clear sense of house unity wherever you go around the school.
14th March 2020
The latest school play, Doctor Faustus, told the classic story in a fresh, engaging way.
10th March 2020
Following XVs last month, the two captains reflect on their journeys from First Year boys trying to understand 'Winkies', through to the honour of leading their teams out for the biggest game of the year.
29th November 2019
Looking at the experience of one of our judo stars, Dr Cullerne explains the huge benefits to both pupils and the school community of welcoming new, bright, motivated pupils to our Sixth Form.
25th October 2019
Running the steeplechase is a significant rite of passage at Winchester. Winner of this year's Senior Steeplechase tells us about his experience of running and the history of the event.
19th June 2019
The standard of acting and directing on display at this year's Junior Drama Festival was as high as ever. This wonderful house competition, bringing together fourth and first years to put on a production is a highlight of the summer term, proving hugely enjoyable for participants and audiences alike. One of the actors reflects on his experience.
11th June 2019
On Saturday 8th June, Daryl Selby visited Winchester College to play against pupils and to say a formal farewell to the existing squash courts before the school's new Sports Centre is built.