Charterhouse’s sports teams and individual players continue to achieve great sporting success. There is a need for selective investment in some of the School’s sporting facilities in order that we can nurture the widest possible range of sporting experience and excellence for all of our pupils.
Until recently we were one of the few leading schools still playing hockey on grass and a number of our traditional rivals were increasingly reluctant to play us at Charterhouse, and we have had insufficient tennis courts to cope with increasing demand to play competitive and social tennis.
The recent generosity of OCs, parents and and other supporters has enabled us to lay two new all-weather hockey pitches and 6 tennis courts in a floodlit complex alongside the Queen’s Sport Centre. The total cost of this project, including floodlighting is £2 million, of which £1.5 million has so far been raised, leaving a balance of £500,000.
The School has also developed plans to build a new pavilion at the heart of the new complex, providing a hub for players as well as a sheltered 360° viewing balcony and reception space for competitors and spectators alike.
An anonymous benefactor has funded the levelling of Big Ground and Green and the installation of irrigation systems. We now have a football playing surface as good as many professional clubs and Green is among the world’s most beautiful cricket grounds.
In the longer term our aim is to extend the Queen’s Sports Centre by adding facilities such as a complex of four squash courts and a much larger gym.
The continuing support of the Charterhouse community will be vital in supporting the School to complete these ambitions. These initiatives form an important part of the School’s overall vision for developing both the Queen’s Sports Centre, and sport as a whole, at Charterhouse.