At Hampton, there is a strong footballing culture. The Hampton Coaching Programme has been devised by specialist staff to bring out the best from players across all age groups and of all standards, ranging from those who want to compete for places in the A and B squads to those who want to play for fun.

The Football Department is exceptionally well resourced with 25 members of staff regularly coaching and training pupils. The Department employs eight football-specialist staff who have extensive experience in the professional game (both at senior and academy level) as well as coaching in the independent education sector.

The School offers excellent playing facilities with seven grass pitches and a state-of-the-art, all-weather 3G playing surface.

Our teams consistently compete at the top level of national and local competitions. The School is regularly represented in the Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA) development squads and national sides.

Hampton School is committed to creating a safe, positive, challenging and disciplined learning environment where all players are given the opportunity to strive for excellence, with support from the coaching staff, who set the very highest standards.

Hampton School want to play an exciting brand of possession football throughout their teams, therefore we recognise the need for all players to become skilled and confident technicians, who enjoy and are comfortable in possession, whilst developing a real understanding, a desire to learn and an enduring love of the game.

Our Coaching Philosophy is based on the Principles of Football; these fundamental techniques are consistent across all playing styles and formations, giving our players the best chance to play in any team. We appreciate that football is not the main focus of the boy’s time at school but is a medium in the process of their holistic development.

We expect our coaches to follow the Principles of Coaching; organisation, planning, communication, creative and challenging sessions with a logical progression.

The Hampton boy is a team player who places the needs of others before their own whilst performing to the best of their ability. Characteristically their play is full of conviction and they are tolerant of others. They play with an intelligent and competitive spirit striving to succeed; but not at all costs. They are humble in victory and sportsman like at all times.


Coaching and fixture opportunities vary. The coaching programme is divided into three development phases:

  • Foundation & Technical Phase: First and Second Year
  • Technical & Tactical Phase: Third and Fourth Year
  • Game Understanding & Competitive Phase: Fifth Year and Sixth Form

All boys in the A – D squads train at least twice a week during games lessons and at lunchtime. The 1st XI, 2nd XI and U16A teams train twice a week at lunchtime and at games times. They are also offered a post-school strength and conditioning session. Boys in the E, F and G teams train in their games lessons.

The School has an established fixture programme and competes at the top level of school football. The A & B squads play competitive fixtures while our other teams play a friendly fixture list.

Hampton competes in a number of local and national competitions including: The Independent Schools Football Association Cup (ISFA), The English Schools Football Association Cup (ESFA) and the Surrey Cup age group tournaments.

The School also organises bespoke international tours. Recently the U12 and U13 squads travelled to Amsterdam and the U15 teams trained in Porto. In the Summer of 2018, senior players travelled to America.

Football is the largest participation sport at Hampton with over 70 percent of boys playing football in their first two years at the School. Competition for places in the teams is high.

The selection process is a continuous assessment, which allows for movement of boys within teams. Hampton’s football coaches take time to ensure that players are selected for the squads which best suit their ability level and these decisions are regularly reviewed.

We encourage players to work hard in training to ensure both improvement and consistent levels of performance.