Children who love games will entertain themselves for hours with a ball and a patch of ground. However, to settle for basic provision is to miss out on the opportunities for growth and inspiration that top-quality facilities make possible: a wide sports curriculum, appropriate support and high expectations. Thoughtful design of modern facilities supports sport at a top competitive level whilst catering also for a multitude of sports and leisure activities at all levels. Elite school sport requires strength and conditioning training, with facilities such as performance analysis suites making a significant difference to pupils.
High-quality fitness suites are at the heart of any modern sports or leisure centre and support the needs of the many pupils who are not elite sportsmen and women. It is important that all facilities are genuinely multi-purpose: flexibility enables a greater number of activities catering for a greater number of pupils. Expansion across girls’ team sports, especially football, cricket and rugby, also requires facilities to be more adaptable and flexible in order to offer true co-educational sporting opportunities.
“Supporting competitive team sport and elite individual sportsmen and women is a core responsibility of School sport and requires both expert coaching and a wide range of appropriate, multi-faceted facilities.”Sarah Kerr-Dineen, Head of Oundle School
In addition to extensive playing fields, Oundle now has two sports centres catering for indoor sports and a brand new superbly-equipped 70 station fitness suite. There are five squash courts, four Rugby fives courts, four floodlit Astroturf pitches, three indoor and six designated outdoor netball courts along with fourteen additional outdoor courts, dual use with tennis during the summer, a Tartan athletics track and a 50m swimming pool with a moveable floor and submersible boom.
The School has two boathouses, one in Oundle beside the North Bridge over the River Nene and one at Tansor, where the river has an almost straight mile which is ideal for training purposes. Sailing is offered as a sporting option and takes place at Rutland Water, one of the best location for dinghy sailing in England. There is an indoor small-bore shooting range within the CCF grounds, as well as an outdoor full-bore range.
Station state-of-the-art fitness suite within Oundle School Sports Centre
and a separate performance gym in The Acre
Grass football pitches
Floodlit hockey pitches
Indoor basketball courts
Lane tarten athletics track, with visitor hub
Artificial cricket nets
Grass cricket nets
Indoor cricket nets
Outside netball courts
Indoor netball courts
Indoor volleyball courts
Tennis hard courts
Tennis astro courts
Boat houses on the River Nene
50m swimming pool
Full bore shooting range /
25m shooting range
Dance studios, including one dedicated space