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Old Pauline

Colets is the home of the Old Pauline Sports Clubs (for former pupils of St. Pauls’ School, Barnes). Home fixtures have been held at the ground since the inaugural game of rugby between the Old Paulines and Old Blues in 1930. Up until the mid-1970s the 15-acre grounds were only used by the OP rugby and cricket clubs at weekends and it was run entirely by one groundsman and six volunteers. A brave decision was then made to build a new clubhouse with six squash courts that would be run by professional staff and to invite people from the local community to become members of Colets and use the facilities.

As a result, the new Thames Ditton Sports and Squash Club (later to be named “Colets Health and Fitness”) was formed in 1977, the intention being that sufficient income would be generated to ensure the long-term future of the Old Pauline sports pitches and clubhouse and provide first class facilities for local members. 

Today, the Old Paulines Sports Clubs are still going strong with rugby, football and cricket teams . You do not need to be an Old Boy so if you are interested in playing for the teams then please get in contact with one of the relevant captains…

Rugby

John Barrett Club Captain clubcaptain@opfc.org.uk

Football

Jehan Sherjan jehansherjan@hotmail.com

Cricket

Tom Peters podgerogers@hotmail.com


Pitch Hires

Although the pitches are in use throughout the year for all sports, there are occasions on which a pitch may be available for hire. Pitch hire will include use of the changing rooms and bar and we can also provide refreshments / food (including cricket teas) if needed. For more information on hiring a pitch, please contact:
Alex Harris (Colets Deputy General Manager): alexh@coletshealthclub.co.uk


A timeline of progress

As a not for profit club, Colets has re-invested continuously over the past 41 years to provide the local area with some of the best facilities around. Below are some of our key investments to date.

Timeline

2016

brand new changing rooms, studio refurbs, new functional training studio, balcony extension

2012

two studios refurbed

2012

car park enlarged

2011

further gym extension work

2009

gym/group cycle refurb. Long room fit out. Beauty salon makeover – two new rooms

2006

3 of the 6 squash courts became glass-backed

2006

Dedicated junior centre including day care nursery is constructed

2002

The General manager finally received his own office

2001

renovation of sports bar & kitchen

2000

extension of gym area and function room

1998

construction began on a new 25m pool area plus new “wet” changing rooms – the pool opened on 30th April 1999

1994

two courts are converted to create new larger gym

1988

construction of new gym on 1st floor over the changing areas

1984

Construction of two additional squash courts

1977

construction of club house and 6 squash courts