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Uppingham’s vision for sport is to create an environment where all pupils can achieve success in sport from engagement and participation through to competition and performance.
The School encourages boys and girls to take part in and enjoy all the many sports we offer, catering for all abilities and talents. We believe that encouraging pupils to understand that personal fitness is essential as part of a healthy lifestyle is an important part of the education pupils receive at Uppingham and pupils partake in a structured sports programme with specialised staff (who follow our agreed principles of coaching three afternoons a week.
The School has an enviable number of playing fields, covering some 65 acres, and a superb new Sports Centre. Dependent on the season these grounds can accommodate many different sports. In the autumn term, for example, you would see nine rugby, five hockey and two lacrosse pitches in use. There are also three Astroturf hockey/tennis surfaces, plus Savannah and hard court tennis courts, netball courts, fives courts, a shooting range, climbing wall and an historic 1st XI cricket pitch.
The Uppingham School Sports Centre (USSC) opened in September 2010. This fantastic facility houses a large six-court sports hall, six-lane 25m swimming pool, gymnasium, glass-backed squash courts, two dance studios, 53-station fitness studio and a hospitality suite.
After the pupils’ first year, those in the A and B teams are expected to choose a major sport, other pupils, however, can choose from a variety of options such as: aerobics; badminton; basketball; girls' cricket; cycling; dance; fencing; football; girls' football; golf; lacrosse; rounders; girls' rugby; sailing; shooting; squash, swimming and volleyball.
Representing the School in a number of sports is an important part of the School's ethos, and Uppingham is very proud of its success on the sports field. The coaching staff help all pupils to take full advantage of the facilities and to develop their interests, providing opportunities for the advancement of all abilities as well as nurturing elite performers. Above all, everyone contributes and school-wide support for Uppingham teams makes sport at Uppingham very special.
Competitions are organised at School and House level in all age groups so that team and House spirit is developed. Within many of the sports that Uppingham offer there are also opportunities to participate in county, regional and national tournaments.
Sports tours follow a two-yearly cycle and there is one major sport tour each year for boys and girls. They represent a wonderful opportunity for all involved. Some will gain most from the chance to develop their individual talents and skills, for others it is team development where they gain most enjoyment.
Visiting different countries helps to widen the pupils' awareness, not only of how sports are played in the countries they visit, but also of family life and attitudes to world affairs.
Recently tours have been to Holland, India, South Africa, Portugal, The United Arab Emirates and Australia.
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