The College enjoys an enviable reputation for producing highly successful individual and team performances in a wide range of sports.
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 opportunity to play competitively at School and House level. A full fixture card and regular major games tours are part of this provision.
More than 25 sports are on offer at Epsom, with most pupils involved at all levels three or four times a week. Coaching is organised by members of the Common Room and supplemented in many areas by visiting professionals and specialists.
The main sports for boys are Rugby, Hockey, 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, six netball courts and a very large and fully equipped double sports centre.
Master in Charge: Lawrence Matthews. Email: LM@epsomcollege.org.uk
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 the recently established co-educational matches. In the well established single sex competitions, Epsom still holds its own despite fewer students to select from and other sports competing for athletes. The College still competes in the highly prestigious Cholmeley Shield match hosted by Highgate and the Lord Burghley match hosted by Eton College.
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.
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.
|Coach: Dr Bob Chappell. Email: RHC@epsomcollege.org.uk |
Basketball at Epsom is offered on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons as an optional activity for boys and girls. The main aim is to make basketball an enjoyable sport for students of any ability.
Most students do not have a basketball background so they are taught the necessary skills of passing, shooting and dribbling, which may then be transferred into a game situation. For those few with a basketball background, the teams enable those skills to be used in a competitive situation.
The boys' team participate in the Surrey County League in which they have had considerable success during recent years.
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 eight boys' teams and one girls' team. 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.
Master in Charge: Dr Adam Hughes. Email: AWH@epsomcollege.org.uk
Coach: Joseph Shackell.
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: Pete Irvine. Email: email@example.com
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 away 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.
To find out more about Golf at Epsom College follow the links below:
|Mistress in Charge (girls): Sue Church-Jones. Email: SLCJ@epsomcollege.org.uk |
Master in Charge (boys): Chris Bowen Email: CB@epsomcollege.org.uk
Hockey is the main sport for girls in the Michaelmas term and for boys during the Lent term.
The College has an excellent record in the sport and ex-Great Britain and England international Stuart Head (himself a former captain of the College's 1st XI) is one of the coaches who helps prepare pupils for a range of competitions. 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, 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 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 and 16 sides for the boys.
There are House competitions as part of the weekly routine in both terms and extra hockey clubs are run for the keenest players.
Every two years, girls' hockey teams tour to Australia and Singapore and the boys have recently toured Australia and South Africa.
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: SLCJ@epsomcollege.org.uk
Girls play Netball as their main sport in the Lent term, competing at House, inter-school and County level. There are 17 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.
The girls tour to Australia and Singapore every two years and to Europe every two years.
|Mistress in Charge: Sue Church-Jones. Email: SLCJ@epsomcollege.org.uk |
Girls play Rounders in the Summer term competing at House, inter-school and County level. There are 7 teams across the age groups that compete on a weekly basis against schools from the south east and the Home Counties.
Master in Charge: Andy Wolstenholme. 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 including Tonbridge, Eton, Harrow, Wellington, Cranleigh, RGS Guildford, Brighton, St John's Leatherhead, Dulwich and Eastbourne, and regularly field more than 16 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 tour overseas every year, with a major tour every two years. Destinations include Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, the Cook Islands, Argentina 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 Divisional and County teams.
Sevens rugby is particularly strong after Christmas, with regular appearances in major finals such as the National Sevens at Rosslyn Park.
Girls' rugby has been a popular development in recent years with the emphasis on Sevens after Christmas. They, too, play in the National tournament.
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.
|Master in Charge: Dr Eric Huxter. Email E-Huxter@epsomcollege.org.uk |
The Snorkelling Club offers introductory training (1 term course) in basic snorkelling techniques in the College Pool on Tuesdays (5.00-6.00pm).
The course aims to equip swimmers with the confidence and skills to use basic diving equipment as a preparation for open water snorkelling and moving on to SCUBA diving.
The College provides the basic equipment to use in these sessions.
|Master in Charge: Dr Murray Tod. |
Coach: Neil Frankland.
Squash is a thriving sport at the College, with both boys' and girls' teams recording notable victories on the county and national circuit.
In tandem with regular fixtures against Eton, Harrow, Charterhouse, Cranleigh, KCS Wimbledon, 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 email@example.com
This co-educational Club enjoys the use of a 25m, 6 lane pool for training and home competition and operates all year in both games times, as an option, and general activity time all through the week (except Wednesday).
The Club offers coaching and training to both the specialists and the all-round sports person, with up to 10 hours pool time per week. The College is fortunate to have the services as specialist coach of Adam Mason (Chief Coach, Epsom District Swimming Club) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The College swims competitively at inter-school level in the Summer term and also enters the County and Division II Schools Swimming Association relay events (National Finalists in three years in the recent past) in the Michaelmas Term and the Public School Relays in the Lent Term.
Each year in the Lent Term there is an inter-house competition for boys and girls and swimming is also part of the inter-house biathlon competition.
The pool is equipped with a wide range of swimming training aids.
Tennis is played in the Summer Term. The College has an excellent record in the sport. The coaching is supplied by teaching staff, including several who have competed at a high level.
The girls participate in house matches as well as a strong circuit of school matches each Saturday afternoon. We regularly field nine girls' sides. They also compete in a number of tournaments, including the Branston Shield, the St George's Tennis Festival and the ISTA Championships - the Loveband Cup and Asbury-Bailey Cup.