Co-curricular sport plays a huge part in the life of all students at Epsom and we are rightfully proud of our very strong and robust sporting tradition for both boys and girls.
Sport within the College plays a key role in providing camaraderie, leadership and teamwork opportunities, challenges both physical and mental and sees students given the chance to display empathy, confidence, creativity, determination and self-discipline.
The skills learnt and resulting judgement used are invaluable in later life and very much part of our co-curricular and sport programme.
Whilst excellence is pursued for those with talent and has led to many pupils achieving county, national or international representative honours, the aim is to cater for every pupil at their own level of ability and enthusiasm. All pupils have a carefully considered games programme and the prospect of playing competitively at School and House level. A full fixture card and regular major games tours are part of this provision.
We encourage all, regardless of ability, to enter the sporting arena as prepared as possible. Enjoyment is a major focus for us and educationally all our pupils learn, and our staff are fully aware, of the need for developing good practice for a balanced, healthy, active lifestyle both at Epsom and beyond.
Our six day timetable affords quality time for all to pursue traditional team games as well as offering pathways for opportunity in individual sports and activities.
Inclusion and participation are the underlying principles of the Epsom College games programme. Pupils should be given the chance to both win and lose but most importantly they must be given the chance in a competitive environment to test themselves both individually and as part of a team.
Opportunities to represent the College generally happen at weekends and a huge proportion of students, if they have the enthusiasm and drive will represent the school in the sporting arena. At Epsom we aim to foster a competitive spirit, ensuring pupils have fair play awareness and learn the ability to win without arrogance and lose with good grace and dignity.
More than 20 sports are on offer at Epsom, with most pupils involved at all levels three or four times a week.
The element of choice with regard to sporting options widens as students progress through the school. The main sports for boys are Rugby, Football, Cricket, Tennis and Athletics. The main sports for girls are Hockey, Netball, Tennis, Athletics, and Rounders. Badminton, Basketball, Cross-Country, Fencing, Football, Golf, Judo, Martial Arts, Sailing, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Target Rifle, Water Polo and Volleyball are also very popular with some highly successful school teams over the years.
The exceptional sporting facilities, which make all this possible, include some of the very best chalk drained traditional grass pitches in the south of England, two Astroturfs for hockey and tennis (one floodlit), a 25 metre indoor swimming pool, the indoor shooting range, nine netball courts, a very large and fully equipped double Sports Centre, complete with fencing hall, squash courts and fitness suite.
A structured coaching programme, organised by the Heads of Sports and members of the Common Room, is supplemented in many areas by visiting professionals and specialists. Games staff help all pupils to take advantage of the immaculately maintained 84 acres packed with enviable sporting facilities, they provide opportunities for the advancement of all abilities as well as nurturing and supporting the elite.
We aim to develop an individual's potential and add value to their skills whilst raising their awareness for a need to exercise in the pursuit of a balanced active life.
At Epsom we strive for and are committed to providing the pupils with avenues to fulfil their sporting dreams and to find something they enjoy and will pursue for life.
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Master in Charge: Mike Day.
Football at Epsom has grown in both popularity and reputation over recent years. It is now the major sport for boys in the Lent term and there are regular fixtures organised for 1st-5th XI, Colts A-D, Junior Colts A-D, U14 A-D, 13ABC and 12ABC. We play a very strong fixture card, as part of the Surrey, Sussex, Kent Independent League and these include fixtures with St Paul's, Worth, Christ's Hospital, Tonbridge, King's Canterbury, St Bede's, Colfe's, Sevenoaks, Cranleigh, Brighton College, Ewell Castle and the Corinthian Casuals amongst our annual opposition.
Epsom can typically field up to 13-17 XIs, playing primarily on Saturday afternoons from January through to March. With the provision of external professional coaching, the skill level and tactical appreciation of the senior squad members has improved dramatically during recent seasons, a trend we hope to continue. We have close links to Chelsea FC Foundation and have nine visiting FIFA/FA qualified coaches assigned to our squads.
During the Michaelmas term, junior and senior pupils have the opportunity to train and play during extended activity and under floodlights on grass and astro, also assisted by our Chelsea coaches and our own experienced and qualified staff.
Master in charge: Andy Wolstenholme.
Athletics at Epsom College is traditionally one of the strongest Summer sports and is one which is truly co-educational. The boys and girls train together and often compete together in co-educational matches. The College competes in the highly prestigious Copenhagen Shield match hosted by Wellington College, the Lord Burghley match hosted by Eton College as well as a number of other home and away matches. The varied fixture list gives the boys a chance to compete with a number of schools outside our usual fixture list as they challenge for District and County titles.
The coaching is supplied by teaching staff, several of whom have international experience themselves, along with more recent internationals who come in each games afternoon to offer their considerable expertise. Individual athletes work alongside specific coaches for their events and are encouraged to diversify where possible to complement their main event.
All pupils cover all aspects of throwing, jumping and running and there are House competitions and external matches with other schools. Boys and girls also have the opportunity to compete in District Championships from which individuals often qualify for County trials/selection. The standard achieved by the boys and girls is extremely high, with pupils and former pupils holding many District and County records.
We have a proud tradition of not only sending students to the national finals, but of producing national champions as well, several of whom have gone on to represent their country. Epsom College Athletics is highly regarded and, most importantly, as well as being successful the boys and girls thoroughly enjoy their time in the club.
Master in charge: Jud Drinkall. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Basketball is offered as an activity in the Michaelmas and Lent terms. The senior side play in the Surrey County League in which they have had considerable success. Sides also have annual basketball matches against Whitgift, Wellington, Hampton and Sevenoaks. The school also hosts a very competitive and highly successful senior tournament at the end of the season.
The basketball court is of National League standard. It is played in the modern Sports Hall, which boasts up to date markings, sprung basketball rings, a very acceptable playing surface and a large electronic scoreboard. There is also a popular outside playing area.
The College coach is Bob Chappell, former manager of the England Senior Basketball team, who also managed the England U18 team in four European Championships.
Pupils with an interest in basketball have the opportunity to be taught the necessary skills of passing, shooting and dribbling that can be transferred into a game situation. Team and individual coaching is offered.
A 3 v 3 basketball tournament is held at the end of the Michaelmas term and the House basketball tournament is held at the end of the Lent term.
Director of Cricket: Richard Moore. Email: email@example.com
Master in charge: Neil Taylor. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cricket is a main sport in the Summer term at Epsom with the College running eleven boys' teams and four girls' teams. Sides compete on a strong schools' circuit including matches against Brighton, Eastbourne, Hurstpierpoint, St Paul's and the MCC.
The 20 College cricket coaches are supported by a full time cricket professional, Neil Taylor (Kent, Sussex and England A), and are also able to call on the expertise of Matt Holmes, Director of the In-Touch Cricket Academy, which is based at the College.
There are designated coaching afternoons during the summer on the College campus using 16 nets and four pitches. During the winter months, nets are also available, as well as both one-to-one and group coaching.
Pupils with an interest in cricket have the opportunity both to enjoy and improve their game whilst representing the school and their Houses. Players have represented SCB Emerging Players, SCB U17s and SCB U15s.
An increasing interest in girls' cricket mirrors the growing numbers involved in the game nationally.
College cricket teams have recently toured Dubai and Barbados and plans are in place for future tours. The College cricket sides also have strong links with the Old Epsomians, with a match played every year on Founder's Day.
Epsom also has strong cricketing links with the local community, with District matches and the annual Surrey Cricket Board ASDA Kwik Cricket competition for primary schools played on the College grounds.
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|Master in charge: Nicholas Smith. Email: email@example.com |
Pupils are introduced to Fencing at Epsom College as part of an activities carousel, which runs throughout the Michaelmas and Lent terms. In subsequent years, pupils may opt for Fencing as part of their activities timetable.
Fencing for the 5th and 6th form takes place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and a junior fencing activity for the M4 and U4 also runs on Thursday afternoon. The pupils are trained by an external, professional coach.
In addition to regular Saturday afternoon matches against other schools, pupils are also encouraged to take part in both county and national competitions throughout the year. In 2009, an Epsom College pupil won the Public Schools Fencing Championships.
Master in charge: Ben MacDowel. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday afternoons at Walton Heath Golf Club.
These occur from March throughout summer up until the start of November. There are 14 matches on the fixture list for summer term alone, including representative county matches.
Green Fees and teas are covered by the school.
We have also developed a Girls' Invitational tournament at Walton Heath for the Coronation Cup, a beautiful old solid silver trophy, which was donated by Penny and Roger Lane.
Golf as a Games Option
Takes place Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at Epsom Downs Golf Club for all year groups.
Golf Opters join the Epsom Downs Golf Club as Juniors.
Fee paid by school bill - £60 per term. This provides pupils with all playing rights and facilities of Clubhouse, including evenings, weekends and club competitions
We have made the HMC National Foursomes Finals on several occasions in the past few years and have also won the Southern HMC Schools tournament twice.
In 2011 we won the County Girls' Scratch Championships for the first time and we also won the Boys' County Team Championships in 2010.
OE and former captain of golf, David Boote, won a golf scholarship to Stanford University, California, in 2012, while Ross McGowan, who left Epsom in 2000, won the English Amateur Championships before winning his European card and since won the Madrid Masters.
The College is planning a 3-bay driving range and an artificial putting surface.
Epsom Downs Golf Club, 200 metres from the College, has full practice facilities. Coaching is done by Stuart Walker (EDGC) and we also use Walton Heath's indoor golf studio and their three professionals.
Master in charge (boys and girls): Michael Johnson: Email: email@example.com
Hockey is the main sport for girls in the Michaelmas term and is an option for boys during the Lent term.
The College has an excellent record in the sport and exceptional coaching through Michael Johnson, two time Olympian with Great Britain at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004; Stuart Head, an Olympian at Sydney 2000 alongside competing at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games; and Peter Swainson who competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow alongside winning 3 National League Titles.
Coaching is also provided by teaching staff, several of whom have competed at a high level themselves. The College has a separate hockey goalkeeping coach, who trains the goalkeepers individually and with the teams.
Epsom has two artificial surface pitches, one of which is floodlit, an artificial warm up pitch and excellent grass and indoor facilities.
The girls and boys take part in, and regularly advance to the final stages of, county competitions in all age groups, with pupils in county and regional representation. The College also competes to a high level in mixed hockey and won the Surrey Cup in 2010.
Epsom competes on an extremely strong circuit of schools each Saturday, with the girls fielding up to 14 sides.
There are House competitions as part of the fabric of Epsom College life and plenty of co-curricular time set aside for those wishing to train outside of games lessons.
The College runs pre-season tours for U15, U16 and 1st XI teams, mostly to Europe, often visiting Holland and Germany, in order to prepare fully for the start of the season.
Mistress in charge: Francesca Buzzacott. Email: Francesca.Buzzacott@epsomcollege.org.uk
Horse riding takes place at Wildwoods Riding Centre in Walton-on the Hill, a school that is approved by the British Horse Society and the Association of British Riding Schools.
The school has superb facilities, a team of excellent trainers and more than 30 horses to suit all types of rider. This activity is open to beginners as well as experienced riders.
Mistress in charge: Sue Church-Jones. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls play Netball as their main sport in the Lent term, competing at House, inter-school and County level. There are 27 teams across the age groups that compete on a weekly basis against schools from the south east and the Home Counties.
The College has an excellent record in the sport and one of our former students, Eboni Beckford-Chambers, is a member of the full England Squad.
The girls take part in and regularly advance to the final stages of the County competitions in all age groups. We have girls representing both County and regional teams.
The coaching is supplied by teaching staff, including several who have competed to a high level, assisted by a number of outside coaches.
The College has 9 outdoor and 2 indoor netball courts.
|Mistress in charge: Sue Church-Jones. Email: email@example.com |
Girls play Rounders in the Summer term competing at house, inter-school and county level. There are 12 teams across the age groups that compete against schools from the South-East and the Home Counties.
Master in charge: Paul Burke. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Epsom College is well known for excellence in rugby, which is the major boys' sport in the Michaelmas term. We compete on a strong circuit, the current fixture list includes St Pauls, Eton, Harrow, Wellington, Cranleigh, RGS Guildford, Brighton, St John's Leatherhead, Dulwich College and we regularly field more than 20 sides on a Saturday afternoon.
The current Master in Charge is an RFU Level 4 coach, who formerly coached at Leicester Tigers and currently coaches Blackheath. He is assisted by a number of teachers, who are well qualified to coach rugby, as well as professional coaches, who come into College to deliver specialist coaching and staff INSET.
We enjoy strong links with the Harlequins and London Irish Academies, a programme that has recently seen four pupils move on into the professional game, three with Harlequins and one with Newcastle Falcons.
College rugby teams take regular pre-season tours and training camps. Recent locations include Colts training at the Brian Ashton Academy in Normandy and the 1st XV to the Leicester Tigers Academy. The U15s have enjoyed pre-season tours to Scotland and Ireland.
Boys are also encouraged to play representative rugby and a number of players have represented England, Scotland, Ireland and the US, as well as our own Divisional and County teams.
Sevens rugby is particularly strong after Christmas, with a senior training squad alongside all other year groups who can opt into sevens as an activity. All year groups compete in major tournaments, including Surrey Sevens and Rosslyn Park National Sevens.
Girls' rugby is also developing at the College, with all year groups training throughout the year. The main emphasis is on Sevens after Christmas, with the 1st VII competing at Rosslyn Park National Sevens.
We aim to provide a programme that is appropriate for every boy and girl at the College, from the enthusiastic member of a 'D' team to the top international player. Having fun and meeting new challenges, while developing a sense of teamwork and fair play, are central to what we try to achieve.
Learn more about rugby at Epsom College.
Master in charge: Luke Fisher. Email: email@example.com
Coach: Neil Frankland.
Squash is a thriving sport at the College, with five boys' and girls' teams competing, recording notable victories on the county and national circuit.
In tandem with regular fixtures against Eton, Harrow, Charterhouse, St Paul's, Reed's and the RAC Club, Epsom teams compete regularly in the boys' and girls' National Competitions at both U15 and U19 level. In 2008 the boys' U15 team reached the finals of the National Competition, competing in the last stages at Manchester's National Squash Centre and finishing 3rd in the UK overall.
The boys' 1st V have been regular winners of the annual Surrey Cup, a divisional tournament involving local independent schools, as well as emerging victorious in the prestigious Roehampton Tournament held annually in March.
In addition to team sport, squash is offered as a recreational activity at Epsom and we aim to encourage as many young people as possible to engage with the sport.
We are assisted by excellent outside squash coaches, expertly marshalled by former Scottish international, Commonwealth Games competitor and World Masters Finalist Neil Frankland, who also organises the Epsom Tournament, held annually in early December.
Mistress in charge: Rachael Storey. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 25m, 6 lane swimming pool is available to pupils for 12 hours a week and there is a lifeguard on duty on Sundays so that full boarders are able to use the pool on Sunday afternoons.
Adam Mason, Chief Coach, Epsom District Swimming Club, coaches on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. All abilities are catered for from the specialist and all-round sports person to beginners for whom sessions are available on Thursday afternoons. Waterpolo sessions are offered on Monday afternoons.
The College enters teams in the Surrey School Relays in the Michaelmas term, the Public School Relays in the Lent term and sometimes enters competitors in the Surrey Schools Individual Championships.
Inter-house swimming galas for boys and girls are held in the Lent term and a number of competitive inter-school galas take place mainly in the Summer term.
Target Rifle Shooting
Master in charge: George Greenbury. Email:email@example.com
Epsom College has a long history of excellence at Target Rifle Shooting, both small-bore and full-bore, and over the last 20 years has consistently been the premier rifle shooting school in the UK. The College Rifle team has won the National Championships - the Ashburton Shield - 14 times in the past 26 years and 15 times overall. The College holds the record for the highest number of Ashburton wins by a single school.
Benefiting from first class coaching and an on-site target rifle range, recent years have also seen the College team win the Sawyer Cup, the London & Middlesex Rifle Meeting and the Clayton Challenge Trophy.
Mistress in charge: Sue Church-Jones. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Head Coach: Justin Culver (CCA LTA Licensed)
Tennis is played throughout the year but especially in the Summer Term. The College has an excellent record in the sport.
Coaching is supplied by teaching staff, including several who have competed at a high level and these are supported by a team of experienced, qualified external coaches who share their expertise with all age groups.
The boys and girls participate in House matches as well as a strong circuit of school matches each Saturday afternoon. We regularly field sixteen girls' sides, eleven boys' teams and twelve mixed sides.
The teams also compete in a number of tournaments, including the Youll Cup, the Loveband Trophy and Asbury-Bailey Cup, Branston Shield, the St George's Tennis Festival, The Public Schools League and the annual ISTA Championships.