There is no expectation to be the best in your field at Epsom. But we do expect that each child will take part. Quite apart from the performance sports on offer (see the links in the menu to the left) our participation sports are designed to offer breadth and variety. Our aim is that all pupils have the chance to try, take part and possibly triumph.
Each one of our participation sports has a healthy and competitive fixture list, and all participants receive coaching. With so much sport available, among so many first-class facilities, we are certain that something will be on offer that you will enjoy. Click on the headings below to find out more about each of our participation sports.
Badminton is the fastest racquet sport in the world and experienced players can smash the shuttle at speeds of over 200mph. However, Badminton is just as much fun when it’s played at a slightly more sedate pace and is a sport that can be enjoyed by players of all abilities.
In addition to giving you a cardio workout and improving your general fitness and court speed, badminton can also help to improve your reaction time and hand-eye coordination.
There are regular coached sessions in the first two terms. Numbers participating are always healthy for this sport and the College is proud to be able to field Badminton teams – often co-educational in make-up – that compete well on their circuit.
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.
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, and a large electronic scoreboard. There is also a popular outside playing area.
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.
All pupils are welcome to attend our cross-country training, where they will be put into groups according to their ability.
Epsom has numerous beautiful cross-country routes on its doorstep, including the nearby Epsom Downs and Headley Heath and these are taken full advantage of.
There are regular fixtures against other schools and we enter championships at district, county and national levels.
Despite blustery and muddy conditions, the Cross Country team has gone from success to success. Recent results have been outstanding with several members of the team competing at County and English Schools Championship level.
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.
Girls play Rounders in the Summer term competing at House, interschool and county level.
There are six teams across the age groups that compete against schools from south-east England, south-west London and the Home Counties.
The Sailing Club offers race training and leisure sailing on a variety of craft. Whether a beginner or experienced sailor, the focus is on improving your skills through both theoretical and practical training. The College has a variety of single-handed and two-person boats that include Picos, Wayfarers and Lasers.
Sailing is a low impact sport that is both physically and mentally challenging. It is a great way to get fit and toned up, especially in the stronger wind conditions. Helming or crewing a sailing boat well is hard work, but the good news is that you are exercising without even realising it, which is what makes it so much fun!
Those who reach the required standard get to participate in a variety of races such as the Surrey Schools Regatta, held annually at Island Barn Sailing Club in June.
Strength & Conditioning is important for enhanced performance. As all the latest research shows, strength and conditioning work is crucial in helping athletes attain muscle strength within, rather than just looking superficially strong.
The word core is often used in discussions of sport, without a real understanding of what it means.
For an athlete, their core is the source of all their power. With good strength and conditioning, students will significantly improve their explosive power, speed, agility, balance and, most importantly, significantly decrease their risk of injury.
The 25m, six-lane swimming pool is available to pupils for 12 hours a week. There is a lifeguard on duty on Sundays so that full boarders are able to use the pool on Sunday afternoons if they wish.
Adam Mason, a Level 3 Coach, who has coached County, Regional and National champions, is poolside on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. All abilities are catered for from the specialist and all-round sportsperson to beginners.
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.
Interhouse swimming galas for boys and girls are held in the Lent term and a number of competitive interschool galas take place, mainly in the Lent and Summer term.
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. They 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 12 girls’ sides and 12 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.
Volleyball is a great sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels. It can be played all year round as it can be played both indoors and outdoors. It is one of the few team sports that is played regularly by mixed teams.
The College puts out boys, girls, and mixed indoor teams in the winter. During the summer, we play mainly on grass, but a highlight is the Brighton Beach Tournament where we usually feature among the top teams, and have been past winners.
We cater for experienced players and beginners, many of whom progress rapidly; several of our past captains played little or no volleyball before coming to Epsom.
All pupils are able to take advantage of the College’s fitness suite. Individual training programmes can be designed with input from our dedicated fitness instructors, helping our pupils increase their stamina, strength, flexibility and core fitness.
Inductions are held towards the end of Year 10 and cover all areas in the fitness suite, from using free weights to the use of cardio machines.
Full boarders above the age of 14 years are able to have a cardio-only induction, enabling them to make use of the fitness suite during the weekends.