Aldenham School, Founded 1597


There’s a rich tradition of elite level football at Aldenham. In fact, Aldenham was instrumental in devising the original rules of the game! Our teams compete at the top school levels and inter-house competition is just as intense.

  • The school has 9 full sized football pitches, one 7-a-side and three 5-a-side training areas for elite coaching
  • Each team has a dedicated member of staff to coach and run the side
  • Football is the major boys' sport in the Christmas term

Football is played from Year 7-13 against other schools on a yearly rolling programme and in the ISFA & Hertfordshire County cups. We have A and B teams at every age group and 4 senior teams (Years 11-13). Matches are generally played on Tuesday and Saturday  for Years 9-13 and on Wednesday and Saturday for Years 7-8.

Our extended campus offers specialised pitches for different age groups and pupils benefit from ex-professional footballers actually being on the staff.  Footballers at Aldenham can also take advantage of the tour every two years to Madrid where there is an opportunity to play at the Spanish FA headquarters.

Our footballers have also taken part in other Spanish pre-season tours to Valencia , Villarreal and Deportivo La Coruna as well as training at Chelsea and Fulham to prepare them for the new season.

The school 1st XI competes in the Boodle Cup (for all ISFA schools) in the ISFA Sixes and the ISFA Southern Schools' League. In recent years we have had success in all three competitions, getting to the quarter final stages in the two nationals and finishing as runners up in the Southern Schools' League.

The Aldenham U15 footballers secured a great win against Cheadle Hulme School at Burton Albion's ground to be crowned the National Independent Schools' Football Association (ISFA) champions in 2018. It was a momentous achievement for Aldenham when they sealed the victory and made history in an excellent display of football, well done to the whole squad.

There has also been great success in the Hertfordshire County Cup, winning 5 cups at different ages in the last 4 years.

Recently the school has had its first two International footballers who have represented England at U16 level. Xavier Amaechi and Zico Asare went to Rio to play for England vs Brazil in November. Furthermore, Oran Swales was picked for the U18 ISFA National team and Daniel Oyegoke and Ryan Hayes for the U14 ISFA National side. Some senior pupils also have the chance to play in the second term for the old boys' team (and of course once they have left), which keeps the Aldenham footballing spirit well and truly alive. If you love football, you will love Aldenham!

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Aldenham Foundation