Sport, has the power to change the world. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.’ (Nelson Mandela, 2000)

Physical Education at Haileybury Astana

At Haileybury Astana, we offer a wide range of sporting activities for pupils of all ages and stages of development.

We believe in the potential of all our pupils to develop physically, socially and emotionally, through the medium of physical education. We offer challenging and engaging activities from EYFS through to Key Stage 5. We recognise the potential of sports which empowers young people.

In Early Years and Mile Post/Key Stage 1, our focus is on the development of fundamental movement skills and water confidence. Through various activities and topics including gymnastics, athletics multi skills, team games and swimming we focus on the development of gross, fine and, perceptual motor skills/abilities.

In MilePosts 2 and 3, we start to utilise the skills learnt in previous years through more challenging activities and tasks; these include net/wall games, athletics, invasion games, striking and fielding activities and developing stroke techniques in swimming.

In Senior School we work again on the progression of skills for all sports. We also focus on leadership qualities and the ability to problem solve, reflect and analyse performance. We believe strongly in inclusivity and the development of young people regardless of their level of ability.

The Sports Department at Haileybury offers a range of activities through the CCA programme including basketball, volleyball, football, swimming, gymnastics and fitness.   These programmes run on a seasonal basis throughout the year and permit the opportunity for development from beginners to more advanced learners at a competitive level, locally, regionally and nationally.  We believe in inclusivity and the pursuit of excellence in coaching and pupil development. 

The sports programme continues to grow at Haileybury Astana.  

We take a full and active part in the local COASH Sports Conference which consists of 3 sports seasons - Football/Futsal, Basketball, and Volleyball.

Alongside this league runs the Central Asia Federation of Athletics (CAFA).  These seasons run in parallel to the COASH seasons but entail a possible trip to other cities in the region including Almaty, Bishkek and Tashkent amongst others.  These change each year and are an additional fee.

The dates below are an indication of the sports programme calendar.  This does not include local fixtures that are regularly added to the programme throughout the year.

In addition to this programme, we offer various swimming competitions.  This includes internal time trials, internal team events as well as meets against local clubs in Astana.

We are continuing to grow the programme each year and are looking forward to being able to offer more opportunities in future years.



At Haileybury Astana, we offer both junior and senior basketball opportunities. These programmes focus on the development of specific fitness for basketball as well as fundamental skills for the sport. We have clubs for beginners as well as more advanced learners from Year 5 to Year 13.
Season 2 Basketball: 21st November - 18th February Tournament 

U14 Tournament 25th February 
CAFA CABC – February 16 - 19th, 2023 @ Tashkent 
U11 Tournament Saturday, April 15th
Achievements of Sports Department


The football and futsal programmes run from Year 3 through to Year 13. Our coaches have a lot of experience in both the UK and Kazakhstan having a successful record of development at both the foundation and elite levels of coaching.

We are committed to inclusivity within these clubs, we also offer opportunities for the pursuit of excellence in the sport. COASH is the main focus of the clubs; we also compete in local, regional and national events throughout the year.
Season 4: Football 8th May - 10th June Tournament TBC

U14 Tournament 10th June
U11 Tournament Saturday 3rd June
HAS and HAL Football Match


Our swimming programme has been developed using multiple various international and global programmes. In Early Years and Mile Post 1 we focus on water confidence on the front and back positions.

As students develop, age and gain confidence we start to introduce recognised strokes and in order to swim effectively for safety and for competition.

The Swimming programme is a very popular CCA that is fun and challenging at the same time for all ages.
Sports Awards

Past winners of the House competition








Bartle Frere






, Director of PE, CCA Director, Year 8 Class Teacher
Andrew Dean
Director of PE, CCA Director, Year 8 Class Teacher
, PE Teacher
Damir Sartayev
PE Teacher
, PE Assistant Teacher
Aizhan Zhumadilova
PE Assistant Teacher
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