Sport

The educational programme of any top school should reflect a balance between academic, cultural, environmental and sporting activities. In this respect Michaelhouse endeavours to remain at the cutting edge of each pursuit. Michaelhouse offers a vibrant sport programme with a choice of 14 sport options. We are fortunate to enjoy some of the finest sporting facilities in the country.

The school has 12 playing fields including two Astroturf hockey facilities, seven turf cricket pitches, a dedicated cricket oval, an athletics track, eight tennis courts, three padel courts, a six-court squash complex with three glass-backed courts, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, a 25m x 25m heated swimming pool, a 30m x 25m water polo pool, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, a golf driving range and a dam for canoeing enthusiasts.

To assist with planned fitness programmes, the High Performance Centre is equipped with professional weight training and aerobic equipment. Specific fitness programmes are designed for the boys and overseen by the specialist services of a Sport Scientist and Biokineticist. This provides each boy with the opportunity to develop physically in accordance with his sports’ demands and to excel in his chosen fields.

Click the links for Sport Fixtures and for Sport Results.

The boys’ sport talents are acknowledged at zonal, provincial and international level, with interschool fixtures played at first league level. Michaelhouse has produced in excess of 120 sportsmen who have played at international level.

Athletics

Michaelhouse is one of the few Kwa-Zulu Natal schools which offers athletics as a full time summer sport in the first, third and fourth quarters.

Aquatics

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The 25 x 25 swimming pool allows for boys to retain a year-round interest in swimming and maintain a high level of fitness.
Water polo is a highly popular sport with an excellent following. The addition of a full size water polo pool and an all-year training pool provides more time in the water for enthusiasts of aquatic disciplines.

Basketball

Approximately 200 Michaelhouse boys participate in basketball, making it the second most popular sport at the school. They represent the school at U14, U15, U16 and Open levels.

Canoeing

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The Michaelhouse Canoe Club has been active since the mid 1970s and participates in the provincial schools’ league as well as in major events on the national calendar.

Cricket

Cricket has always been a popular sport at Michaelhouse and up to seventeen teams are fielded weekly in season. Our cricketers participate in the traditional South African School festivals and maintain fixtures with all the major cricketing schools in KwaZulu-Natal as well as a number of schools from other provinces.

Cross Country

Cross country is offered as a second sport for those boys who are really keen on middle distance athletics; and in recent years our athletics have dominated both junior and senior provincial leagues.

Golf

Golf at Michaelhouse is played mainly at the picturesque Bosch Hoek golf course which is conveniently located only 6 km from the school. Approximately 70 boys play golf either as their main or secondary sport.

School facilities include a driving range and putting green.

Hockey

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Michaelhouse has had a strong hockey tradition since the introduction of the sport by WC Hannah in 1928 and the astroturfs are used for many tournaments which include teams from as far afield as Zimbabwe.

Rugby

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Rugby was introduced at Michaelhouse in 1896 when the Rector of Michaelhouse, Canon Todd, ruled, that “brain power had to be exercised, and that by setting the blood freely in motion, rugby especially, was beneficial to the brain.”

Since then the sport has prospered, with the school regularly fielding eight Open, four U16, four U15 and four U14 teams.

Soccer

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Interest in soccer has grown tremendously at Michaelhouse. The sport is offered in the third quarter with as many as 30 teams being fielded against major opposition.

Squash

Squash is offered at Michaelhouse throughout the year as a first choice sport. Our players are involved in interschool competitions and participate in the Mens’ Midlands Winter League with the top players represented in various leagues.

Tennis

With eight all weather courts, tennis is offered throughout the year. Our boys participate in various leagues and local competitions.

Important Year Dates

2024-02-14

Prize Giving*

2024-04-21

Grandparents' Day

2024-05-04

Hilton/Michaelhouse Sports Day (Away)

2024-05-24

Old Boys' Gaudy Dinners

2024-05-25

Old Boys' Day

2024-05-25

PBHS Winter Sports Day (home)

2024-06-15

Michaelhouse/Hilton (home)

2024-08-10

Matric Ball

2024-09-07 - 2024-09-19

C Block Journey

2024-09-14 - 2024-09-19

D Block Pondoland Hike

2024-09-16 - 2024-09-19

E Block Camp

2024-10-11

Speech Day

2024-11-10

Remembrance Sunday

2025-01-12

New Boys' Day

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