Sport is a key part of life at New Hall. We are dedicated to providing first-class coaching and teaching across the age ranges and providing opportunities for all students to enhance and showcase their skills. We combine an inclusive ‘sport for all’ ethos, with an elite training programme, enabling our students to excel at the highest level.
We offer a rich variety of sports across the week: Athletics, Cricket, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Swimming and Tennis, as well as Equestrian, Golf and Skiing, each led by a dedicated Head of Sport. Our co-curricular and boarding programme also includes Badminton, Basketball, Football, Gymnastics, Volleyball, Karate and Table Tennis. We also have a large and thriving Dance Department.
The School has excellent facilities, many of which are floodlit: 8 netball courts, 2 all-weather hockey pitches, 6 rugby pitches & a 3G rugby training pitch, athletics track, 12 golf practice bays & launch monitor, 5 cricket wickets including a dedicated girls’ facility, indoor & outdoor cricket nets, 25m 6-lane indoor pool, 10 tennis courts, sports hall and fitness suite. As well as first class facilities, the Department has a stellar team of sport coaches. This includes professional and international sportswomen and men: England Women’s Masters Hockey International, Karen Cooper; England Cricket International, Ravi Bopara; and former England Cricket Captain, Nasser Hussain OBE.
We have an enviable record of success in both individual and team sports, and many of our students compete at county, regional and national levels. In the last year alone, New Hall students have represented Great Britain in Skiing, Scotland in Cricket, reached national finals in Swimming including a Bronze medal win, won internationally-ranked Tennis tournaments, and have been crowned national champions in Golf and in Hockey. Several of our recent alumni (New Hallians) have played regularly in the Rugby Premiership, including for Saracens, Worcester Warriors and Leicester Tigers and in the United Rugby Championship for Munster. Several of our rugby players have represented England at School Boy and U20 levels. A New Hallian athlete represented England in the Commonwealth Games in Heptathlon.
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We have high uptake in girls’ and boys’ Athletics track and field, Cross-Country and Running Clubs, and have achieved great success in district, county and regional competitions, as well as National Finals. In the Michaelmas Term 2022, we won the Eastern Cross-Country Championships, and our Junior Girls Cross-Country team came 2nd in the English Schools Athletics Association Finals.
We are U11 Essex Cross-Country champions and have achieved exceptional success in competitions across the country including 50 medals in Senior Athletics 1st, 2nd and 3rd in ISA Cross-Country. New Hall has been represented on the national level. In 2023 Olivia in Year 9 won the Gold Medal in the European U17 Biathle Competition.
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Cricket is a major sport for boys and girls in Trinity Term, as well as an option in the Lent Term. It is lead by Head of Cricket Mr Eddie Ballard, formally of Surrey CCC, MCC, Hertfordshire CCC & Cambridgeshire CCC and the current Head Coach of Bedfordshire CCC. Mr Ballard is an ECB Level Three Performance Coach with a degree in Physical Education & Sports Coaching. New Hall’s Cricket Professionals are former Essex CCC & England cricketer Nasser Hussain OBE and current Sussex CCC cricketer Ravi Bopara.
New Hall has four cricket grass squares with our 1st XI (“Six Acres”) set with the stunning backdrop of the main School building. This area also has the main pavilion as well as four state of the art fixed outdoor nets and two batting cages. The School and its students also benefit from two indoor cricket lanes and fielding/fitness space in our multi-purpose Sports Hall. The School has great links with many external organisations, and has used the facilities at the County Ground in Chelmsford and the MCC indoor school at Lord’s Cricket Ground to further enhance our cricketing programme.
Fixtures and Competitions
Fixtures take place during midweek games sessions and on Saturdays with a comprehensive fixture list for all age groups and abilities throughout the Trinity Term for boys and girls. We aim to ensure each team has a challenging fixture programme that will allow pupils to compete against some of the best teams in the region. As a school we play over 120 fixtures per term against schools such as Felsted, Forest, Brentwood, The Leys, Ipswich and Framlingham to name a few. Teams are entered in to the Essex County and National Cups at U12A, 13A, 14A, 15A, U17A and 1st XI level. The 1st XI has one of the largest fixture cards in the country and they play a mixture of Twenty20, 40-over, and 2-day cricket, which the gives those at the top end of school a broad cricketing experience. At the end of the term the 1st XI play against MCC before competing at the annual Castle Festival.
We are ever evolving our Girls Cricket provision with the addition of a Lent term pre-season club, a cricket option for girls at Years 7-9, during their games sessions, and year on year the number of fixtures our girls are playing is increasing. Our U13 & U15 teams compete in the Lady Tavener’s indoor competition during the winter, and during the season compete in numerous festivals and tournaments, including our own Joe Hussain Trophy.
Over the past 10 years, boys have enjoyed tours within both the UK and abroad, visiting Sri Lanka and Dubai overseas and Devon and Kent in the UK. As of September 2019, we embarked on a new structure to our touring schedule:
U12A & B teams (Year 7) UK overnight tour to Kent/Surrey
U15A (Year 10) Mid-haul training and tournament to La Manga
1st XI (Performance squad) Long-haul tour to various destinations (Cape Town, South Africa, 2020)
The Winter Training programme is designed to give cricketers, across a range of ages and abilities, ample opportunity to develop their basic skill level through to game awareness and management.
The Programme is split up into three groups:
Performance Academy – Those players who are identified to be at the top of their age groups
Development Squad – Those players who will be representing 1st XI / 2nd XI
Junior Squad – Those players in Yr7-10 who have been identified to be the top of their age groups
Girls Academy – Those players who have been identified to be the top of their age groups
- U12 Essex County Cup Winners: 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
- U13 Essex County Cup Winners: 2017 & 2018
- U13 ESCA David English National Cup Runners Up: 2016
- U13 ESCA David English National Cup Quarter Finalist: 2017
- U14 Essex County Cup Winners: 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 & 2019
- U15 Essex County Cup T20 Winners: 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2018
- U15 English Schools National T20 Regional Runners Up: 2018
- U17 School Sports National Cup Regional Champions: 2019
- U17 School Sports National Cup Quarter Finalists: 2019
- 1stXI: Castle Festival Winners: 2015 and 2016 (Joint Winners), 2019
- 1stXI: HMC National T20 Regional Semi Finalists: 2019
As a School, we have over 30 boys and girls playing Essex County Age Group Cricket. Amongst our current cohort of boys, Sean S (2016) and Nathan K (2018) have been selected for and performed in the prestigious Bunbury festival. Nathan and Sean were both selected to play for the English Schools XI at Lord’s Cricket Ground, whilst Sean toured Sri Lanka with England’s U16 ‘Bunbury team’. Sean S (Second XI, Academy & U17), Viraj G (U17), Connor L (Academy & U17), Nathan K (Academy & U17), Ronnie M (Academy) have all represented Essex at these high levels of representative cricket. Viraj also captained Hertfordshire’s U17 side during their successful Royal London One Day Cup Campaign.
For queries please email Mr Eddie Ballard, Head of Cricket at [email protected].
New Hall Equestrian team become National Champions!
Congratulations to the New Hall Equestrian team, who returned from the National Schools Equestrian Association (NSEA) National Championships held at Addington Equestrian Centre, Buckinghamshire on 17 – 20 October as 80cm Jumping with Style (JWS) National Champions.
Co-curricular Riding Lessons
New Hall School provides Students with the opportunity to participate in weekly horse-riding lessons at Chelmsford Equestrian Centre, as part of our co-curricular programme, with a taxi bus covering the journey to and from the School if required. Lessons are in small groups, based on ability and age of riders. A range of well cared for school horses and ponies are used for lessons ranging from lead rein ponies to ex-competition horses. It is a fun co-curricular activity to attend!
For those students who own their own horse(s), there are a wide range of competitions in which they may compete for New Hall School. The majority of these take place in Essex and Suffolk and include: eventing, dressage, show jumping, jumping with style, hunter trials and triathlon.
New Hall School has a thriving Equestrian Team which competes, throughout the year, at many NSEA Inter-School events, in all disciplines, including our own NSEA Show Jumping Qualifier in show jumping and dressage. For a number of years, our Equestrian Team has qualified for the National Schools’ Equestrian Association Championships and has entered teams for the National Show Jumping Championships at Addington Manor. New Hall School also competes at local inter-school competitions, which can cater for more novice riders and are a great way for new members to get involved in team activities.
Head of Riding: Miss Ella Serdet [email protected]
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With the huge recent successes in the Sport nationally, for both men and women and its local popularity, Football has been firmly embedded in our co-curricular offering. Football in schools offers huge opportunities for students of all abilities and at New Hall School we aim to ensure that our provision reaches all areas of the School from our Prep Divisions to our Sixth Form. While still in its infancy at the School, it’s huge popularity makes it a favourite among our students and they are able to access sessions as part of our Co-curriculum and a programme of fixtures for girls and boys teams is planned for 2024. Our new Head of Football, Mr Marcus Spremulli, while overseeing the development of the sport at New Hall School will also be fully engaged in your child’s own football development.
With dedicated grass pitches and a floodlit 3G Astro at our disposal, we have a great foundation for playing and training and we will be adding to these facilities with further pitches to enable a broad fixture list for our girls and boys over the coming year.
Golf at New Hall School is growing every year as it is becoming an increasingly popular sport for boys and girls throughout the academic year. With golf being a popular choice in games lessons as well as co-curriculum, we have our academy which specialises in developing students into elite players. We have a fantastic team around the students to work on improving their golfing ability and performance. The team is made up of two PGA professional coaches and a golf-specific strength and condition TPI instructor.
New for 2020 we have twelve golf nets built on-site which allows us to give lessons for all year groups from the Prep Divisions to the Sixth Form. Another part to the golf nets is the use of a launch monitor called SkyTrak, this allows us to gather critical data on the golf swing/ball to focus in on performance areas in the modern technical way of coaching.
All teams play home fixtures at the Chelmsford Golf Club. The Junior golfers use Little Channels Golf Club during academy sessions. Co-Curricular activities take place on site at our twelve golf nets.
Fixtures and Competitions
Fixtures and tournaments for all age groups take place during midweek games sessions for those who have been selected to represent the School. We aim to ensure that each team or individual has a challenging fixture programme that will allow them to compete against some of the best teams in the country. National match play fixtures are played regularly against schools in the same county, which lead to National Finals held at some of the most prestigious golf courses in the UK.
New Hall enters several of the Independent Schools Golf Association (ISGA) National one-day tournaments at U19 level. Below are many events which we compete in throughout the year:
- ISGA British schools Matchplay (National finalist 2020 and South East champions 2020)
- ISGA British schools’ foursomes
- ISGA HG Trophy
- ISGA Schools cup (National finalist 2019)
- Essex schools match play & stroke play (represented Essex in national finals.
- ESGA schools’ event (all age categories)
- Junior European open (individual)
South East Area Winners – National finalists 2020
Academy & Coaching
Golf coaching takes place in senior games sessions, co-curricular after school clubs and in the academy. Students are taught by two PGA professionals on-site at our golf nets or Little Channels golf club (located 5 minutes from the New Hall). As well as our golf coaches, we also have Mr Longden who is a TPI golf-specific fitness coach, Mr Longden works closely with the students on golf-specific exercises and stretching.
In the academy, we have developed an individual golf programme that each student will embark on. The programme looks at how each student will prepare for their practice session on a Friday, which will allow each of them to plan, execute and evaluate how their practice session was. It also includes data collecting of statistics, both on and off the course. Through this, each student will be able to look at their overall results and see where they are making improvements and where they need to improve.
Both the Junior and Senior Golf Teams have toured several times over the last five years, entering the ISGA Scottish Opens in Edinburgh and receiving golf coaching at England’s National Golf Centre at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. In April 2017, the Golf Academy has had several tours away, these include Barcelona and Vale Do Logo.
Hockey is the major sport for girls and boys in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms respectively. At New Hall, the Hockey philosophy is to learn and have fun, while developing and nurturing a competitive spirit in our players.
New Hall has two all-weather floodlit AstroTurf pitches. Our facilities also include a Sports Hall to develop indoor hockey throughout the year, as well as a fully-equipped Fitness Suite and national standard 400m running track for training and conditioning.
Fixtures & Competitions
Fixtures take place during midweek Games sessions and on Saturdays with a comprehensive fixture list for all age groups and abilities. We aim to ensure that each team has a challenging fixture programme enabling students to compete against some of the best teams in the area. Block fixtures are played regularly against other top schools for Hockey in the county. Every year, we enter into the ISA Nationals (U12A, U13A, U15A, U18A), England Schools Cup (U14A, U15A, U16A, U18A) and the Essex Schools Cup (U14A, U16A).
Girls in all age groups throughout the school take part in our hockey tour programme. Every other year, a 5-day tour within Europe is offered for all Hockey players in Years 9 & 10, the two most recent ones visiting Holland and Belgium. An opportunity for a long-haul tour comes every three years for students in Years 11-13, with the most recent tour being South Africa in 2023 alongside the rugby and netball teams. Year 8 girls and boys attend the Greshams 3-day festival every year at the end of the Lent Term.
Head of Hockey: Mr Jason Doherty-Bigara | [email protected]
Netball at New Hall is a thriving sport where students have the opportunity to train and play competitively in both the Michaelmas and Lent Terms. During the Lent Term, there are Saturday and mid-week fixtures for all age groups, from U12 to 1st VII Senior teams.
The flood-lit netball courts at New Hall are extensive and of the best quality. There are eight available for lessons and tournaments, set within a walled area and with access to changing rooms and toilets. They are frequently hired by the Chelmsford and District clubs in the evenings and at weekends; our historical grounds make them a pleasure to play on.
Fixtures and Competitions
During the netball term there are fixtures every week for the different age groups, with more than 10 staff helping and providing support for the teams. Any student interested in netball would see tournaments available for U10 and U11 age groups against 14 or more schools at Preparatory level. This includes an annual tournament which has been held at New Hall for over 40 years. The CESSSA tournaments are held annually which each year group enters with the winners crowned district champions. During the Michaelmas term, our Netball Academy teams compete in Independent National Schools, England National Schools and Essex Cup competitions. Finally each year group also takes part in an inter-house competition at the end of the Lent term.
Netball players at New Hall are fortunate to participate in a number of sports tours: The Year 9 & 10 netball teams travel to La Manga bi-annually to take part in fixtures against overseas schools, many of whom play a different style of netball. On this trip they also have the opportunity to be coached by current Super league and England Roses players. A long haul tour is scheduled every three years for pupils in Years 11,12 and 13, with the last being a combined hockey, rugby and netball tour to South Africa in August 2023. There are also opportunities for all players to attend Super league fixtures as well as England Test matches.
The Academy allows the best players at the school to train all year round through additional invite only lunchtime and afterschool practices. Students who compete are encouraged to attend trials for the England Netball pathways which includes satellite, county and regional academies. Alongside this, they can also attend trials for local Super League franchisees including London Pulse, Saracens Mavericks and Surrey Storm.
Head of Netball: Miss Scarlett Robb
Rugby is the main sport played by boys at New Hall in the Michaelmas Term with the majority of fixtures taking place on Saturdays. There is an extensive rugby programme in place for all age groups. Players train at least twice a week. As the students progress through the School, the strength and conditioning aspect of rugby is highlighted with specific sessions run during the week in conjunction with the rugby programme to maximise the development of the students. To accompany this, the students also have a games session every week in which they could also have cup matches or additional training.
Rugby Sevens is played during the Lent Term and teams will compete in both county and national tournaments. Many of these tournaments take place on Sundays.
The Trinity Term sees the start of the Rugby Skills School and the Rugby Academy. The Skills School runs at lunchtime for positional specific skills and Friday after school for the players selected for the Rugby Academy. We have appearances from guest coaches and it is a great opportunity for the students to keep in form over the Trinity Term while working on some very technical aspects of the game.
The School is a Saracens partnership school and we have many of our students playing within the Saracens Essex DPP and another significant number in the DPG and Elite Development Player Groups. We currently have two New Hallians who are contracted professionals with the club – Dominic Morris and Joshua Hallett.
New Hall has five grass rugby pitches and a recently laid 3G rugby pitch which provides our students with an opportunity to play and train throughout the season, our fantastic facilities enable us to host two Rugby tournaments along with various Essex County 7s tournaments.
Fixtures and Competitions
The majority of rugby fixtures are completed on Saturdays with a comprehensive and challenging fixture list for all age groups and abilities. Block fixtures currently include such schools as The Perse, Ipswich, Eltham, Felsted and Merchant Taylors.
Our teams are entered into the U14 and U16 Essex Cup and the U15 and 1st XV NatWest Cup. In recent years, the School has reached the last 32 in the country on two occasions and the last 16 once.
Our U16 and U14 Rugby Sevens teams have also reach the Final and Semi-Final of the prestigious National Rosslyn Park Sevens tournament.
A touring programme is set for rugby for all age groups throughout the School. There is an annual overnight UK tour for Year 7 students. In Year 9, there is an opportunity to travel to a European country and then in Year 11 or in the Sixth Form, the players have a chance to be selected for an international tour. In 2023 the team travelled to South Africa, along with the hockey and netball teams, following the successful tour to Canada in 2019.
Academy sessions are run throughout the Trinity Term for our top achieving pupils within the sport. The idea of the academy is to provide not only additional rugby training but also develop pupils as athletes looking at strength and conditioning, nutrition and the mental aspects of elite competition. These pupils are the ones who are involved in Essex Rugby and Saracens or show the potential to be involved in this pathway.
Head of Rugby: Mr Joshua Toms
The New Hall Ski Team is an integral part of the School’s sport provision. Since its formation, the Ski Team has ranked highly in regional, national and international races. New Hall is regarded as one of the top skiing schools in the country, with team members regularly invited to English Schools’ Ski Association (ESSKIA) camps and squads, and individual team members representing Great Britain at youth championships and world cups.
With nearly 60 current team members, the New Hall Ski Team has competed in a wide range of races. These include races held in the United Kingdom on both dry slopes and indoor slopes such as the Independent Schools Association race and Eastern Region Snowsports Association race. We have also competed in international races on snow in the British Schoolgirls’ Races in Flaine, France, the British Schoolboys’ Races in Wengen, Switzerland, and most notably, the British Interschools Championships which New Hall won both in 2022 and 2023.
The team trains throughout term-time at Brentwood Ski Centre with Ambition Racing, the number one Ski Academy in the UK, guiding athletes through their ski racing careers from grassroots to Youth Olympic and World Championship level. Members also have the opportunity to take part in a training camp organised by Ambition in Austria, which gives each individual the opportunity to train on real snow in preparation for the many races in the winter season.
New Hall’s Ski Team is open to all competent skiers from Year 3 upwards. The team has grown significantly in size and ability since its inception, offering some fantastic opportunities for skiers wanting to develop their racing skills. For further enquiries, please email [email protected]
At New Hall School there is a six-lane, 25m pool with new racing blocks. Alongside this, our school grounds include a state-of-the-art fitness suite to enhance the whole development of an athlete.
New Hall School offers an exclusive swimming club that provides a high-level swimming programme bringing outstanding coaching within the surroundings of our independent boarding and day school.
New Hall Swim Academy first became affiliated in 2021 and competes in multiple swim England competitions up and down the country. As an independent club, we aim for our swimmers to achieve success at the highest level and to have every opportunity available to them while balancing their academic commitments.
Our elite programme consists of three academy swimming groups:
- Academy 1 ranges from swimmers at county level to National medallist swimmers. Swimmers have the opportunity to train eight times a week, including before and after school, ensuring a focus on studies alongside this.
- The Academy 2 programme is aimed at those striving for county times, training up to four times a week, whilst confirming all study priorities are met.
- Junior Academy creates a clear pathway for our students to excel in swimming whilst in the Preparatory Division. At the beginning of each year, we hold trials for all swimmers to give them the opportunity to achieve a place within the Junior Academy. This team then will go on to compete and represent New Hall within all preparatory divisions.
Our swimmers are supported by a talented coaching team. The coaching team is rapidly growing with the Academy 2 led by Mr Matthew Titman and our Junior Academy run by Miss Siobhan George, both retired swimmers with extensive experience.
As well as swim competitions, as a school we take part in regular swimming fixtures throughout the academic year. We aim to ensure that the wider school takes part in these. Block fixtures are played regularly against schools such as Bancrofts, Brentwood School, Felsted School, Forrest School and Ipswich High School.
Every year, New Hall enters the English Schools Divisional Rounds, a competition against 150 schools at the London Aquatics Centre. We also participate within the Mid Essex League, which gives us an opportunity to utilise a wider range of swimmers.
Training Camps & Clinics
We offer training camps abroad for our elite end swimmers to gain experience of using Olympic standard pools with world-class training facilities. During the holidays, we run Swim Clinics whereby Olympians such as Jazz Carlin, give world-class advice, tips and experience to enable swimmers to become elite athletes.
For enquiries about joining, please email [email protected]
Tennis is a major sport for both girls and boys, with county and national competitions being entered each year. Throughout the School there are a number of county players, many of who compete at regional, national and international level.
Students are offered the opportunity to improve their tennis skills through group lessons, games lessons and private tennis tuition. The more advanced students are selected to represent the School in fixtures and also to attend New Hall Tennis Academy sessions on a weekly basis. The lessons are led by our Head of Tennis, Mr Jakes and delivered by our team of experienced LTA Accredited coaches.
Students have the chance to develop their tennis skills in a unique setting. New Hall tennis facilities include 10 floodlit hard courts that are used all year round. In the Trinity Term, an additional 12 floodlit AstroTurf courts are also used.
Fixtures and Competitions
Fixtures take place during midweek sport afternoons and on Saturday mornings, with a comprehensive fixture list for all age groups and abilities throughout the Trinity Term for both girls and boys. We have regular block fixtures against schools such as Bancroft’s School, Culford, Felsted School, The Leys and Sevenoaks.
Teams are also entered into local and national competitions, which include the LTA Youth Schools Senior Students competition, LTA Youth Schools competition at both U13 and U15 level, the prestigious Glanville and Aberdare Cup competition, the Independent Schools League and Independent Schools National Championships, which are held annually at Eton College. In 2018, three of our Senior students travelled to Marrakech, where they represented England at the World School Summer Games. They finished 9th, 16th and 22nd in the world. In 2019, our Senior Girls finished 6th in the UK at the Senior Students National Finals held at Bolton Arena. In 2021 our Girls first team came 6th in the UK in the Aberdare National Cup held at Nottingham Tennis Centre.
Tours and Trips
The Tennis Team prepares for the summer season by training overseas. Previous trips include the La Manga Club and Val de Lobo Tennis Academy. Easter 2018 saw the team travel to the Barcelona Tennis Academy for a week of intense training ahead of the summer season. The team trained on the Spanish red clay and competed against Catalunya Tennis Academy and ATHTC. There is also an annual trip to Wimbledon for students to watch the professionals in action.
The New Hall Tennis Academy is designed to appeal to players of county to national standard who show a high level of commitment towards their tennis, whilst allowing them to participate in academic life in the School.
At New Hall, we understand that achieving high level success in the sport becomes increasingly difficult as students progress through their academic studies. High levels of educational achievement are important, both for the individual and the continued success of the School. The Academy allows New Hall to offer a high standard of education whilst still meeting the needs of high performing tennis players. We aim to become one of the top national tennis schools, helping to produce players of a national and international level.
The Tennis Academy has an extensive coaching programme, allowing for individual, paired and group lessons. Additionally, our tennis scholars have the opportunity to access Redbridge Sports Centre as part of our high-performance link with Compete Tennis.
Please email our Head of Tennis via [email protected] if you have any other queries or would like to find out more.