Football is the traditional main school sport in the Autumn and Winter terms. The school has a long and distinguished tradition as a leading member of the Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA) and commands a strong reputation in the North-West.
Bolton School is an ISFA Focus School for the Manchester and Northwest region, which means the school receives focused support from ISFA to drive football development both in the school, and throughout the region.
Teams representing Bolton School play on Saturday mornings in long-established "block" fixtures, (i.e. all age groups from u-12 up to 1st XI) against all of the leading independent football schools in the north - Repton, Shrewsbury, Manchester Grammar School, QEGS Blackburn, St Bede's College Manchester, Bury Grammar School and Hulme Oldham. Year group teams also compete in the local Bolton Schools' Town Cups whilst the senior sides compete with the likes of Thornleigh and Winstanley College in the Greater Manchester Schools' Cup, the Mackereth Cup and in friendly fixtures.
Bolton School continues to work closely with our local Premier and Football League clubs to assist in the development of pupils affiliated with them. Bolton Wanderers, Manchester United, Manchester City, Wigan Atheletic and Bury all have Bolton school boys playing for their youth sides.
In recent years Bolton School has begun to forge relations with American Universities to the extent that some students have gone on to win scholarships to study and play in the USA.
The coaching staff is led by Keith Branagan, former goalkeeper for Bolton Wanderers and Republic of Ireland. Keith holds a UEFA 'A' coaching certificate and he makes use of his links within the professional game to further the expertise available to boys at the School.