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Sports facilities

AFC Harrogate has lots of sporting facilities, all of which can be used by Junior Soldiers – time allowing, of course.

The hub of physical training at the College is the gym. It’s home to a 25m swimming pool and a 12-lane indoor climbing wall. The CV Suite is fitted with an extensive selection of equipment for cardiovascular fitness, resistance and weight training.

In addition to the gym, other sports facilities include:

  • six squash courts
  • seven tennis courts (including four floodlit)
  • five-a-side football/basketball pitch
  • rugby pitch
  • four football pitches
  • all-weather hockey/football pitch
  • six-lane running track
  • high ropes/low ropes
  • two cricket ovals
  • five outdoor cricket nets
  • four indoor volleyball courts
  • two indoor and one outdoor netball courts
  • 12 indoor badminton courts

The AFC’s sports facilities are also used by outside divisions for squash, hockey, football and cross-country competitions.

Sports activities and skills development play a big part at the AFC. They’re an excellent way of developing team spirit and the confidence of individuals.

Each Wednesday, Junior Soldiers spend the afternoon playing sport, which could be as part of one of the many college teams, or a more informal game of five-a-side football.

Junior Soldiers also have the opportunity to practice sports and skills in the evenings. There’s a huge range of sporting activities to choose from, including football, rugby (union and league), basketball, athletics, judo and swimming. And as part of the Sport and Skills programme, they also have the chance to participate in go-karting, motorcycling, mountain biking, power lifting, karate, target rifle shooting, sub-aqua diving, gymnastics and cross-country running.

Each Junior Soldier chooses one sport and one skill to take part in during his or her time at the AFC. They also have the chance to go on one of the many expeditions the college organises – examples include scuba diving in Cyprus, mountain biking in France or a rugby tour of Australia!