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, Mr Pipe. 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. 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 an all-weather AstroTurf pitch with plans for a second pitch to be laid in the near future. Our facilities also include a Sports Hall to develop indoor hockey and holds the Essex Schools Indoor Championships.
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 pupils to compete against some of the best teams in the area. Block fixtures are played regularly against schools such as Bancroft’s, Felsted, Forest, Haileybury, Ipswich High, and RHS Holbrook.
Teams are entered in to the National Schools Outdoor Competitions at 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. There is an annual three day UK tour for Year 7 girls which has previously travelled to Norfolk and Kent. In Year 9 and 10 there is an opportunity to travel every other year on a 5 day tour within Europe, 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 South Africa in July 2016.
Academy sessions are run through the Lent and Trinity 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.
Last season, 17 pupils across the school represented Essex at various age groups with two being selected for the Hi-PAC level of the England Hockey Single System.
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 and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as well as the Netball World Cup in 2019.
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 interhouse 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 and netball tour to Malaysia in July 2019. 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.
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 twice a week after school until the October half term. After this break they have the option to use one of the rugby sessions as 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.
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 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 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.
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 Elite Development Player Group. We currently have two New Hallians who are contracted professionals with the club – Dominic Morris and Joshua Hallett.
New Hall has seven 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. 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 The Perse, Ipswich; Eltham, Sevenoaks; Brentwood, Felsted and Merchant Taylors.
Our teams are entered into the U14 School Sport Magazine National Cup, 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 three day UK tour for Year 7 boys. 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 and 2019 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.
New Hall’s Ski Team is is available for all competent skiers from Year 5 upwards to try out for.
The team trains every Sunday at Brentwood Ski and Snowboard Centre with Kandahar Racing, the UK’s most established and prominent ski racing association and leading training provider in competitive snowsports.
Students in the Ski Team have the opportunity to represent the school in a number of national competitions. We have had some great results in these competitions over the past year and we look forward to the successes of the team continuing into the next season.
The Ski Team also have the opportunity to take part in overseas training camps, usually led by Kandahar Racing, which gives them a great opportunity to train outdoors in preparation for the Inter-Schools Ski Championships in Les Houches, France 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 Wendy Staines, Head of Swimming, who is a former Team GB athlete and uses her wealth of knowledge and skill to train our young swimmers to National standard.
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 boys and girls 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 10 in the country for their age group.
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.
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 Astro courts which allow 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 boys and girls. We have regular block fixtures against schools such as Bancrofts School, Culford, Felsted School, Haileybury, 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 Aberdere Cup Competitions, the Independent Schools League and Independent Schools National Championships which are held annually at Eton College.
The tennis team prepares for the summer season by training overseas and has visited La Manga and Val de Lobo in the past. Easter 2016 saw the team travel back to Val de Lobo in Portugal for a week of intense training ahead of the summer season. We also have an annual trip for Year 7 and 8 pupils to Wimbledon 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 caters for all abilities, allowing students the opportunity to have group, paired and individual lessons
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