Wednesday 14th September marked the first fixtures of the season for Godalming College’s Rugby, Football, Netball and Basketball teams and also marked the opening of the new Godalming College Pitches on Ashtead Lane.
The new pitches are a great asset to the College along with the new netball courts that were completed last September and the terrific indoor facilities that have been enjoyed for a number of years.
The new Principal of Godalming College, Emma Young, was there to watch her old College teams, Esher, compete against the Godalming College teams. She says,
‘I have a passion for sport and I am very proud of the opportunities and facilities that students have here at Godalming College to participate in sport. Watching the students enjoy the fantastic quality of these pitches was a real pleasure. I am hoping to see many Godalming triumphs on these pitches in the future.’
The 11 acre site once owned by Ladywell Convent has been converted to pitches over the past 12 months and has replaced the pitches on the College site that were continually waterlogged throughout most of the season. Rugby teams having been playing at the Guildford Rugby training ground and the football teams have been playing at the Recreation Ground in Busbridge.
Godalming College enjoys an excellent reputation for team sport with many links to clubs, for example: elite development support from Guildford Rugby Club and being a community link for their academy side, coaches attending Godalming each week from Fulham Football Club and Surrey Scorchers Basketball Team. The RFU also support the College on their coach education programme, offering training and volunteering opportunities for students.
Danny Bonney, Head of PE and Sport at the College says ‘we have an outstanding department at College and have many students who are very keen to play team sports but we feel strongly that sport is for all and therefore we offer other recreational and individual sporting opportunities and also fitness classes throughout the week.’
‘The members of the sports department work hard to ensure that quality of provision is there and the pitches, courts and other sporting facilities all help to make the sporting events much more enjoyable for all. We have been very much looking forward to having these new fantastic rugby and football pitches available for play.’
‘The RFU are convinced that these pitches are of such good quality that they are using them for training courses such as referees training and coaching qualifications.’