The Winchendon School’s athletic philosophy encourages participation by all students, whether in a competitive or developmental program. We generally require students to participate in at least one interscholastic sport during the course of each year in order to experience the intense personal investment of being a team player. Regardless of level of competition, our coaches emphasize the core values of teamwork, commitment, sportsmanship, perseverance and selflessness. These are habits that will serve you for the rest of your life – in college, in your career and in every aspect of your adult lives. And, we never lose sight of the importance of fun as well!
Depending on the sport and the level, you will find your teams competing with and often winning against some of the biggest names in prep school sports – Andover, Exeter, Northfield Mt. Hermon, Berkshire, New Hampton, Holderness, St. Sebastian’s, Albany Academy, Cushing, St. George’s, Greenwich Academy, BB&N, Worcester Academy and Thayer among many others.
One of the great things about being on a varsity team at Winchendon is that you will get terrific coaching with more opportunities for playing time and leadership roles while competing at a high level. Many of our student-athletes choose to go on and play for NCAA on Division 1 teams in both men’s and women’s sports.
Then there are the facilities – playing fields that are manicured by the greens crew from the golf course, an indoor turf practice field that does not need any manicuring and is still green when it is snowing out, the new hockey arena, a half dozen tennis courts, the basketball/volleyball courts and workout facilities in the Rotenberg Gymnasium, and the 18 hole, Donald Ross-designed golf course. For more on facilities, click here.
Each year the athletic programs generate many incredible stories, whether it be of that student who is recruited by top colleges or the student who works his or her way up to the varsity team after taking up a sport for the first time at Winchendon, or the team that wins championships after many challenging games. There is a place in Winchendon’s athletic program for every student whether highly skilled or brand new to a sport.
Your teammates and coaches will not just be your friends but will just as likely be the person with whom you work on the technology project or the partner who has your back in a water fight or campus-wide game of humans versus zombies. You will form relationships that will last decades.