Epsom is renowned for its sporting success and ambition. More important than the accolades though, is our ethos of all pupils taking part, being part of a team and having the chance to try – and hopefully enjoy – a sport or activity for the first time. The sporting activities offered through our co-curricular programme give each child the chance to try something new, indulge a passion, or hone their skills.
Click the headings below for further information on the sports provided.
Flag football is the fastest growing format of the game in Great Britain, encompassing schools, colleges, universities and in the community.
Flag football is the non-contact sport of American Football where tackles are made by pulling off a flag which is worn by all players. The game retains the same principles as the contact game with offensive teams having four attempts (downs) to reach a certain point on the field with the defensive team seeking to halt their progress.
Epsom is visited by an external coach on Friday afternoons’ who delivers sessions to both the Lower School and the Senior School. Open to all ages and genders.
The Archery Club provides our pupils with a great opportunity to quickly reach a high standard in short distance intermediate archery.
The emphasis is on fun and variety but, by adopting modern coaching techniques, pupils can progress quickly and by the end of their first term all will participate in the British Archery Association Intermediate Awards for Excellence.
Archery is a cerebral sport that requires hand-eye coordination, concentration, consistency and confidence.
All students will experience an improvement in these skills during the course.
During our summer course, pupils will participate in short range target shooting, speed archery and take on ‘zombies’ in The Return of the Undead.
By the end of their course, students will have had a lot of fun whilst experiencing a strong sense of personal achievement.
Our Head Coach coaches in eight of Surrey’s top schools.
Climbing is a great sport for those who wish to build their strength and their confidence. At Epsom we have the added benefit of our own outdoor climbing wall, situated at the CCF assault course, and expert coaching.
Pupils of all abilities are welcome, and with a maximum of 15 people per session everyone benefits from close supervision, coaching and guidance. This means that you can progress from nervy beginner to confident climber in no time.
Croquet is a game of strategy, tactics and skill. The modern game of Association Croquet has many similarities to snooker, and indeed has sometimes been referred to as snooker on grass.
The most obvious thing it shares with snooker is the idea of striking a ball so that it hits another ball to make it to go to a particular place. But it also shares some of the less obvious things, like the concepts of a break, in which more than one point is scored in a turn, and safety shots, in which a player will simply try to make things difficult for the opponent rather than try something difficult himself.
Indeed croquet is one of the most vindictive and tactical games you can play.
Generally, we play in pairs, therefore it often needs selfless teamwork and nerves of steel to secure a very satisfying victory.
Epsom’s croquet club is open to all, played on our beautiful chapel lawn, so come along to discover more about this enjoyable game. No experience necessary.
Cake is optional but encouraged.
Gardening is the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture. At Epsom gardening takes place under the watchful eye of Mrs Williams on a Monday afternoon in the College garden and potting shed.
Open to all and included as part of the Lower School carousel this activity is a superb opportunity for students to spend time away from technology and get their hands dirty.
Golf takes place at the prestigious Epsom Downs Golf Club which is a short walk from the College. Students are coached by Epsom Downs Golf Club PGA professional coaches and are introduced to the game through various practical methods, including the use of the club’s golf simulator. Students experience putting, short game, driving and the etiquette of playing golf at a club. More experienced golfers are able to play on the Epsom Downs Golf Course in various practice and competition scenarios under the eye of the PGA golf professional.
Gymnasts are renowned for their excellent strength-to-weight ratio. Taking part in gymnastics at a young age can help build the foundations of good all-around muscle strength, endurance, flexibility and power. Regular training aids in the development of lean, toned muscles, improves balance and produces better posture.
The benefits of taking part in gymnastics aren’t just physical though; the challenging nature of gymnastics requires commitment and concentration. There is also a social side to gymnastics as it can help pupils meet new friends, learn independence, increase their self-confidence and, most importantly, have lots of fun.
We offer a mixed martial arts provision at Epsom, drawing mainly on the core skills and techniques of two of the founding martial arts: Ju-Jitsu and Judo.
All martial arts help to build confidence and discipline. They also help to maintain flexibility and develop physical fitness and stamina.
Ju-Jitsu is the founding Martial Art incorporating elements from Judo, Karate and Aikido. In essence, it is the skilful application of a combination of techniques, including striking, joint manipulation, grappling, the power of resistance and effective timing.
Ju-Jitsu cannot be summed up as a single element of defence. It teaches adaptation and flexibility in different situations.
Pilates strengthens your core, improves your posture and strengthens your back, allowing you to be more comfortable when sitting exams and playing on the games field! It improves muscle tone all over your body concentrating on key areas such as tummy, thighs and arms.
Pilates is a non-impact form of exercise and helps you feel fitter, leaner and stronger. You can work at your own level so this activity is suitable for everyone from the complete beginner upwards.
The running club is open to anyone who has an interest in going out for a run on a Friday afternoon. It is an excellent opportunity to improve and maintain fitness and stamina. The opportunity to get out of the College is also much appreciated by those who come. We are very lucky to have the Downs on our doorstep but just remember this means running uphill as well as down!
We cater for all abilities including strong runners and those who really feel their fitness needs a kick-start. Although a degree of commitment will be expected from those who join, occasional participation will be accepted.
Originating in the late 1960s as a sport of the counterculture, and flourishing on the campuses of the US Colleges and Universities, Ultimate Frisbee is now played worldwide.
For the uninitiated, the sport might most easily be described as ‘rugby with a frisbee’, with teams passing the disc from player to player with points scored for reaching the end zone.
Uniquely, and likely a nod to its counterculture origins, the sport is not officiated by an umpire or referee. Instead, it relies on the sportsmanship of its players and their sense of the spirit of the game.
Classes blend Hatha yoga (physical postures) with elements of Flow Yoga, Pranayama (breath control) and meditation and relaxation to produce a session which is both invigorating and relaxing.
Students can expect to benefit through better circulation and posture, improved breathing and the reduction of mental and physical stress. Yoga is excellent in reducing back pain, often caused through bad posture whilst studying, and is very effective at strengthening the muscles of the back and the spine. Flexibility is increased, muscle tone, suppleness, and balance improved and meditation and concentration practices lead to a quieter mind.
Yoga can be as gentle or as demanding as you require and both sexes are welcome. Our classes are led by a fully qualified instructor and are suitable for beginners and those with some experience.