Sport is of central importance at The John Lyon School. We believe that competitive team games and individual sporting disciplines play an essential role in developing pupils into healthy, well rounded adults.

The Sports Department strives for excellence, often identifying talent early through house competitions. Regular A and B fixtures against other schools are held at all ages. Many boys go on to represent JLS at county, regional and national level. The annual cricket match and Silver Arrow archery contest against Harrow School are highlights of the School’s calendar.

Teachers also work hard to ensure that all boys – including those who are not natural sportsmen – have opportunities to fulfill their potential.

Football (soccer) has always been the main winter sport at the School, with cross-country, badminton and basketball also significant. In summer, cricket is the major sport, alongside athletics, tennis and swimming. Many other sports are taught at various age groups, either as part of timetabled lessons, or as clubs. These include archery, badminton, golf, gymnastics, hockey, karate, squash and table tennis. Additional opportunities include an annual visit to a Lords test match. JLS enjoys close links with Fulham FC and the new Wembley Stadium.

The John Lyon Sports Centre features a large sports hall, a fitness studio and a 25m swimming pool. The recently expanded JLS playing fields at Sudbury Hill have ten football pitches, as well as three cricket squares, an artificial wicket, a large pavilion with hospitality facilities and an archery range. The School has both indoor and outdoor cricket nets. JLS also has extensive access to sporting facilities at Harrow School, including a new athletics track, a nine-hole golf course and tennis, squash and badminton courts.

The School offers competitive entrance scholarships in Sport at 11, 13 and 16.