At Charterhouse all pupils are encouraged to participate in and enjoy themselves across a wide range of sports, making use of the School’s impressive facilities. There are both competitive inter-school sports programmes and also inter-house competitions, providing opportunities not only for the most talented performers to develop and flourish but also for the many others who are keen to practise and compete at an appropriate level.
Sport offers opportunities to cultivate communication and leadership skills, to work as part of a team, and to develop resilience by learning to meet success and failure head-on. Most importantly, participation in sport is an excellent way to improve health and well-being. It helps all our pupils to learn to take responsibility for themselves, setting them up for later life by teaching them the importance of maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Charterhouse seeks to combine academic excellence with sport at all levels. In short, we aim to promote participation and develop performance for boys and girls throughout their time at the School.
For each of the three Quarters (school terms), there is a major sport. For boys they are football (Oration Quarter), hockey (Long Quarter) and cricket (Cricket Quarter). In the Oration and Long Quarters, Under School boys (Years 9 - 11) are expected to play the major sport of the term, unless alternatives are agreed with the masters of each respective year group. For girls, the major sports played in the winter are hockey, lacrosse, football and netball, and tennis and athletics in the summer. As Specialists (Years 12 and 13), both boys and girls have access to the school gym in the Queen’s Sport Centre and can attend classes such as spinning and yoga.
Minor sports operate throughout the three Quarters, subject to whether or not they are ‘in season’. Depending on year groups, participation alongside the respective major sport is compulsory. New Fourths and Specialists can enjoy a taste of all minor sports when they begin Oration Quarter, after which, they choose which minor sport(s) they would like to play.
Minor sports include: badminton, basketball, climbing, cross country, fencing, fives, golf, racquets, rowing, rugby union, shooting, squash, swimming, tennis and waterpolo.
Our stunning grounds cover 250 acres and comprise of 135 acres of playing fields including 14 grass football pitches, 1 rugby pitch, 1 lacrosse pitch, 9 cricket squares, all-weather cricket nets, 12 floodlit hard tennis courts, 12 all-weather tennis courts and 3 all-weather floodlit hockey pitches. The School offers fives, racquets and squash and as such has courts for all of these sports. There is also an athletics tartan running track plus field sports areas; and the Halford Hewitt Golf Course.
Queen's Sports Centre
The Queen's Sports Centre has extensive facilities with a 25m indoor swimming pool, climbing wall and multi-use sports hall. The sports hall is used for indoor sports including badminton, basketball, cricket and football. A newly refurbished and well equipped 165 square metre fitness gym is used extensively by pupils, staff and external members alike. The gym showcases state-of-the-art Precor cardiovascular machines and a range of Discovery Series strength stations. There is also a wide range of exercises classes to suit all fitness levels.
The Halford Hewitt Golf Course
The Halford Hewitt Golf Course is a 9-hole, 2,576 yards par 34 course occupying approximately 30 acres of the Charterhouse campus. Named after former pupil, Halford Hewitt, the course was designed by professional golf course designer, Donald Steele, and opened officially on Saturday 2 July 1988 by Denis Thatcher MBE, TD. Denis headed a team of celebrity golfers including entertainer Bruce Forsyth, actor Robert Powell, and golf commentator Peter Alliss.
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