YMCA College of Physical Education was founded by Mr. Harry Crowe Buck in the year 1920. Mr. Buck was a pioneer in physical education training in India. The college stands as a hallmark for training physical education teachers, coaching the students who can teach physical education, skills and techniques of games, organizing sports competition and undergo research programmes.
It is a project of National Council of YMCAs of India. The institute is accredited by NAAC as an A grade college. It is recognized by National Council of Teacher Education and Government of Tamil Nadu.