New Hall students are able to develop their team spirit and physical development through our rich programme of sporting opportunities. Under the guidance of expert coaches, including former international sportsmen and women, New Hall balances first-class training for those with particular sporting talents, with an inclusive ‘sport for all’ approach.
Our sportsmen and women at New Hall School compete at county, regional and national levels, at which they have enjoyed individual and team success.
Our facilities (including a national standard athletics track, floodlit Astroturf pitch, fitness suite, 10 floodlit tennis and netball courts, cricket and rugby pitches and a 25-metre indoor swimming pool) set us apart and the rich variety of sports on offer include rugby, hockey, netball, cricket, swimming, athletics, golf, skiing and tennis.
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Students competing in Athletics at New Hall are able to benefit from the use of the school’s national standard 400 metre track. This is used during Physical Education lessons, Games afternoons, for training sessions and as a co-curricular activity with regular athletic meets.
We regularly compete against other local independent schools and within the District Athletics competition at the end of the year.
There are a large number of students who have gone on to represent Essex each year in the English Schools Championships.
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Cricket is the major sport for boys in the Trinity Term and an option for boys in the Lent Term. The sport is led in the School by Mr Paul Davidge, a former County, MCC and Australian A Grade Cricketer. Mr Davidge is an ECB level 3 coach with a Master’s in High Performance Coaching. New Hall’s Cricket Professional is former Essex Cricketer and England Captain Nasser Hussain OBE.
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 embark 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)
Winter Training Programme
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 Squad – Aimed at those players who will be playing 1st & 2nd XI Cricket in the coming season
Development Squad – Aimed at players from Years 8-10 who are prepared to play at every level up to U15A
Cricket Academy Squad – Aimed at players from Years 7-9 who have been part of their own year group’s cricket teams and will receive further development on the fundamental skills in all four disciplines.
- 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.
Co-curricular Riding Lessons
New Hall provides students with the opportunity to participate in weekly horse-riding lessons at Runningwell Equestrian Centre in Rettendon, as part of our co-curricular programme. 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.
For those students who own their own horse(s), there are a wide range of competitions in which they may compete for New Hall. 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 has a thriving equestrian team which competes, throughout the year, at many NSEA Inter-School events, in all disciplines, including our own NSEAShow 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 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.
Director of Riding
Michael Paveley, Director of Riding at New Hall School, is a registered British Horse Society Instructor, a British Eventing accredited trainer and a Pony Club Chief Instructor and has competed inter-nationally at two star level. He holds UKCC3 (United Kingdom Coaching Certificate), which is the highest equestrian coaching certificate available. Michael has produced horses up to Advanced level eventing and examines at Pony Club up to A test.
As Director of Riding, Michael offers training sessions for members of the Equestrian Team and advice to the school on Equestrian matters. He also supports the team at major inter-school events, coordinating warm-ups and offering technical guidance during course-walks.
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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. Golf is led in the School by Head of Golf, Callum Pipe. In the golf academy, 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.
The Senior New Hall Golf Team plays its home fixtures at the Chelmsford Golf Club. The Junior golfers use Little Channels Golf Club during their Academy sessions. Lunchtime and inter-house golf are also played at Little Channels Golf Club.
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.
The New Hall Golf Team enters several of the Independent Schools Golf Association (ISGA) National one-day tournaments at U19 level. New Hall has also competed in the HMC Schools tournament over the last 3 years.
Fridays is the Academy day; this is where students are taken to Little Channels Golf Club to practice. They are taught by two PGA professionals and new to this year, we have a TPI golf-specific fitness coach, who works with the students on golf-specific exercises and stretching.
In the academy, we have developed an individual golf programme that each student will receive each term, along with a notebook. The programme looks at how each student will to prepare for their practice session on a Friday, which will allow each 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. 2020 we are returning to vale Do Lobo for another golf tour.
Hockey is the major sport for girls in the Michaelmas Term and a major sport for boys in the Lent Term.
New Hall has 2 all-weather floodlit AstroTurf pitches. Our facilities also include a Sports Hall to develop indoor hockey throughout the year.
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 Michaelmas term for girls and the Lent term for boys. We aim to ensure each team has a challenging fixture programme that will allow students to compete against some of the best teams in the area. Block fixtures are played regularly against schools such as The Perse, Bancroft’s, Felsted, Forest, Haileybury, and RHS.
Teams are entered in to the National Schools Outdoor Competitions for both girls and boys at U12VII, U13VII, U14XI, U16XI and U18XI level, as well as the National Schools Indoor Competitions at U16 and U18 level.
At the end of each year a Staff v Students charity match takes place to raise money for the Helen Rollason Cancer Care Unit.
A touring programme is set for girls’ hockey for all age groups throughout the school. In Year 9 and 10 there is an opportunity to travel every other year on a 5 day tour within Europe (predominately Holland and Belgium). A long haul tour is scheduled every three years for pupils in Year 11,12 & 13, with the last being a combined hockey and netball tour to Malaysia in July 2019. The Year 8 girls and boys also attend the Greshams 3 day festival every year at the end of the Lent Term.
Academy sessions are run through the Michaelmas (boys), Lent and Trinity (girls) terms for our top achieving pupils within the sport. The idea of the academy is to provide not only extra hockey training but also develop pupils as athletes looking at strength and conditioning, nutrition and the mental aspects of elite competition. These pupils are encouraged to attend assessments for the England Hockey Single System and are supported along this pathway.
Former pupil, Kate Maxey, is the most decorated New Hall hockey player in recent years having represented England U16 and U18’s and moving on to Loughborough University as part of the High Performance Centre.
As a school we regularly have pupils representing the county for both girls and boys hockey and currently we have a Year 12 student who is in the U17 England Performance Centre.
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. Netball is led in the school by Miss Michelle Drayne, a current Northern Ireland international who competed in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
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 also usually held at New Hall. During the Michaelmas term, our Netball Academy teams compete in Independent National Schools, England National Schools and Essex Cup competitions.
Netball players at New Hall are fortunate to participate in a number of sports tours: The Year 8 netball teams travel to Cardiff each year to take part in the annual Challenge Cup competition against Welsh junior clubs and receive training sessions from Super League guest coaches; there are also regular European tours for older students. Players travel to locations such as Malta to take part in fixtures and experience coaching from Netball Europe coaches. A long haul tour is scheduled every three years for pupils in Years 11,12 and 13, with the last being a combined hockey and netball tour to South Africa in July 2016.
The Academy allows the best players at the school to train all year round. As part of this programme, a senior team is entered into the Chelmsford and District Senior League to compete throughout the winter against tough adult competition. 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 Hertfordshire Mavericks and Surrey Storm.
Rugby is the main sport played by boys at New Hall in both the Michaelmas and Lent terms with fixtures taking place on all Saturdays. There is an extensive rugby programme in place for all age groups. Players train twice a week after school until the October half term. After this break they have one rugby session after school along with a functional movement/conditioning session which is completed on the track or in the Fitness Suite. To accompany this, the boys also have a games session every week in which they could also have cup matches or additional training.
The Trinity term sees the start of the Rugby Skills School and the Rugby Academy. The Skills School runs on a Friday lunch for positional specific skills and Friday after school for the players selected for the Rugby Academy. We have appearances from guest coaches from the Premiership and it is a great opportunity for the boys to keep in form over the Trinity term while working on some very technical aspects of the game.
New Hall has eight rugby pitches and our fantastic facilities enable us to host two Rugby 7s tournaments along with various Essex County 7s tournaments. As the boys 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 boys.
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 St Joseph’s, Ipswich; Trinity, Croydon; The Leys and Harrow School.
Our teams are entered into the U13 School Sport Magazine National Cup, the U14 and U16 Essex Cup and the U15 and 1st XV NatWest Cup. In the last three years, the school has reached the last 32 in the country on two occasions and the last 16 once.
A touring programme is set for rugby for all age groups throughout the school. There is an annual three day UK tour for Year 7 boys to Gloucester. 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 2016, the team travelled to Canada for 15 days following the successful tour to Ireland in the summer of 2015.
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.
Competent skiers in Year 3 or above are able to try out for selection for New Hall’s Ski Team.
The Preparatory and Senior Divisions Teams train on set Sundays throughout the Michaelmas and Lent Terms at Brentwood Park Ski and Snowboard Centre with Precise Racing.
Students in the Ski Team have the opportunity to represent the school in a number of national competitions that take place throughout the academic year. We have enjoyed some great results in these competitions and look forward to the team’s successes continuing.
Members of the Ski Team may be offered opportunities to take part in overseas training camps. These provide a great opportunity to train outdoors, in preparation for the Inter-Schools Ski Championships in Pila, Italy, in the Lent Term.
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Swimming at New Hall provides students of all ages with the opportunity to learn, improve and compete throughout the academic year. The sport is led by Joanna Vandermeulen, Head of Swimming.
Swimmers at New Hall are able to benefit from the school’s exceptional 25-metre, 6-lane indoor swimming pool. Our facilities also include a state of the art fitness suite to enhance the whole development of the athlete.
Fixtures and Competitions
Fixtures take place after school, mainly on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, with a comprehensive fixture list for all age groups throughout the academic year. We aim to ensure each team has a challenging fixture programme that will allow pupils to compete against some of the best swimmers in the area. Block fixtures are played regularly against schools such as Bancroft’s, Bishop’s Stortford College, Brentwood School, Felsted School, Forest School and Ipswich High.
Teams are entered into the English Schools Divisional Rounds. 2016 will see a new fixture, The Bath & Otter Cup, during which New Hall will compete against 150 schools at the London Aquatics Centre.
We participate within the Mid Essex League which gives us an opportunity to utilise a wider range of swimmers.
Tours & Workshops
A programme is set for all age groups throughout the school. We are hoping to offer an overseas training camp in the future using Olympic pool facilities.
Squad sessions are run throughout our academic terms catering for our top achieving pupils within the sport. The training also develop pupils as athletes looking at strength and conditioning, nutrition and the mental aspects of elite competition.
Tennis is a major sport for both girls and boys, with county and national competitions being entered each year. There are a number of county players throughout the school, with many ranked in the top 30 in the country for their age group. Several of our students have also represented their country at international tennis competitions.
Students are offered the opportunity to improve their tennis skills through group lessons, games lessons and private tennis tuition. The more advanced students are picked for the teams and attend New Hall Tennis Academy sessions on a weekly basis. The coaching programme is led by our Head of Tennis, Mr Mark Simpson-Crick, an LTA Level 5 licensed tennis coach and La Manga Club tennis professional, who holds a degree in tennis coaching management.
Students have the chance to develop their tennis skills in a unique setting. New Hall tennis facilities include 10 floodlit tennis courts and, in the Trinity Term, an additional 12 floodlit AstroTurf courts, allowing for play all year round.
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 both girls and boys. We have regular block fixtures against schools such as Bancroft’s School, Culford, Felsted School, Brentwood School, The Leys and Sevenoaks.
Teams are also entered into local and national competitions, which include the LTA AEGON Senior Students competition, LTA AEGON National Schools Competitions at both U13 and U15 level, the prestigious Glanville and Aberdare Cup Competitions, the Independent Schools League and Independent Schools National Championships, which are held annually at Eton College. In May 2018, three of our Senior boys travelled with the Head of Tennis 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 the Bolton Arena. Our first team also came 10th in the UK for the Aberdare National Cup held at Nottingham Tennis Centre.
The tennis team prepares for the summer season by training overseas. Past trips include 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 Years 7 and 8 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 still 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 children go through their academic studies. High levels of educational achievement are important, both for the individual and for the continued success of the school. This scheme 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 tennis scholars the opportunity to access Redbridge Sports Centre as part of our High Performance link with Compete Tennis. The tennis programme is overseen by our Head of Tennis, Mr Simpson-Crick, and his team, and caters for all abilities, allowing students the opportunity to have group, paired and individual lessons.