Don Bosco


Welcome to our Don Bosco Sports Exchange for 2018.  This year sees the 45th instalment of the exchange between Uppingham Community College and Don Bosco.

We have now confirmed the dates for when Don Bosco will be travelling to England.  It will run from Monday 2nd April – Friday 6th April 2018. 

We are now registering host families so if you able to offer accommodation for one of our travelling guests please get in contact.  Hosting in 2018 also guarantees students a place on the exchange when we travel to Belgium in 2019.  

How it all began……

The exchange program is believed to be one of the longest running in the world and over the years has involved an estimated 8,000 students from the two Colleges.  The exchange came about by chance after former Head of PE Tony Wilks took a Football team from the College on a tour back in 1971.  During this tour he met up with Bert Van de Linden from Don Bosco and the first official exchange began a year later in 1972.   The first year was memorable as they arrived at UCC with over 100 students and 12 staff.  At that time UCC only had around 300 students but the parents were magnificent, providing homes for all but 12 of their students.  The remainder slept in the college youth centre with breakfast provided by Mr Wilkins who is still involved in the exchange to this day.  The rest, as they say, is history.

All staff are welcome to get involved in this Exchange be it as supporters, helpers or players!

If you would like to be involved in any aspect of the Exchange please let me know as all help in greatly appreciated.

Mr Lewin
Student Activities Coordinator

  1. Don Bosco Booklet 2016 (.pdf)
  2. Don Bosco Second Letter