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Whitgift boasts a superb state-of-the-art £9m Sports and Conference Centre. It is one of the finest in the Independent Schools world and boasts exceptional facilities for a wide range of sports, together with teaching, exhibition and conference rooms. The centre is regularly used by professional sports teams and national governing body.

Whitgift has a sport for all philosophy with 40 different sports available through to the top schoolboy level and an exceptional range of teams competing each week.

September 2008 saw the introduction of an academy-style provision with golf on the curriculum. All new entrants receive eight half-hour lessons taught by golf professionals.

Whitgift's leading position nationally is the result of superb levels of coaching with many former professional sports players working alongside qualified teachers to generate a unique school environment. 

Awards, Honours & Achievements Whitgift's reputation for sporting excellence was underlined when Whitgift was declared Independent School of the Year at the Daily Telegraph-Aviva School Sport Matters Awards in 2010, and again in 2011. In 2009 and 2011, Whitgift was named the Independent School of the Year by School Sport magazine. Whitgift also picked up the Good Schools Guide Award for the best results at BTEC National Diploma achieved by boys taking Sports Science. In the same year, the rugby first XV claimed the Evening Standard's School Team of the Month award and in 2010 was voted Evening Standard schools rugby team of the year.

Whitgift is the only British school to win national titles in all four of the major team sports, rugby, football, hockey and cricket in the same year. National trophies are also won in many other sports and the list of boys representing their country is unparalleled in its breadth.

Whitgift has reached five National Finals at Twickenham. Having twice won the U15 Daily Mail cup, the 1st XV won the ERFSU Daily Mail/RBS U18 Cup in 2010 and most recently joined an elite group of schools, by retaining the prestigious title once again in 2011.

At the beginning of 2011, Whitgift completed a superb and historic double, at the National Schools Indoor Hockey Championships, becoming the first school to win both the U16 and U18 National titles in the same year.

The School has also presented the Whitgift Festival of County Cricket for Surrey CCC, with their Academy training at the School in 2010. Whitgift hosted its first ever Test Match between West Indies A and India A. In July 2011, again for the first time, Whitgift hosted a T20 fixture which was broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Sports teams regularly tour to countries including New Zealand, Australia, the West Indies, South Africa, Dubai, Singapore and Malaysia.

Sporting links have also been established in many other countries including Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Romania, Singapore, Spain and the USA.

Distinguished sportsmen educated at Whitgift in recent years have included Marland Yarde (London Irish), Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC, Wigan Athletic FC, Crystal Palace FC), Elliot Daly (London Wasps, England Saxons, Barbarians), Lawrence Okoye (NFL 49ers, British Olympic discus finalist and record holder), Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks, Melbourne Rebels, London Wasps, England), Bertrand Traore (Chelseas FC, Vitesse Arnhem, Burkina Faso National Team), Adam Thompstone (Leicester Tigers, London Irish), Richard Thorpe (Leicester Tigers, London Irish), Matthew Spriegel (Northamptonshire CCC, Surrey CCC), Jason Roy and Tom Lancefield (Surrey CCC), Lee Hills (Crystal Palace FC), Troy Brown (Aldershot Town FC and Ipswich Town FC), Jack Winslade (Surrey CCC) and Mark Foster (Jersey, Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester).

Facilities Whitgift's Health & Fitness Centre, with its extensive 55-station gym and group exercise studio is used exclusively by the School throughout the week. The facility, that rivals private health clubs, also offers private membership to 'Friends of Whitgift' during the evening and at weekends.