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CRICKET: Umpiring duties at Lord's


1.20pm - 25th August 2015

A CRICKET umpire and member of staff at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, has officiated at Lord's for a third time. 
Paul Nicholls, Head of Newton House, was appointed to umpire the MCC v CCC (Club Cricket Conference) Centenary match on Thursday, August 20, the centrepiece of the CCC’s 100th year celebration. 
A three-week tour to the West Indies follows in November. 
The CCC was established in 1915 to support club cricket and arranges fixtures in the south of England. It now fosters youth and women’s cricket throughout the country.
The day began with a meeting with the match referee to establish the routines for the day. 
Team photographs took place and the MCC won the toss and decided to bat. 
Mr Nicholls walked through the historic Long Room where so many great players have taken the field with his colleague at 11am. 
Many of the hospitality boxes were full of MCC and CCC members. Lunch was taken and both umpires enjoyed the world famous Lord’s cuisine. 
The MCC declared mid-afternoon on 244 with the CCC beginning their chase just before tea. 
The CCC chased down their victory target and the match finished with Mr Nicholls and his colleague being congratulated on excellent performances. 
There was a post-match drinks reception in the Long Room with MCC president David Morgan welcoming the CCC in celebrating their 100th anniversary. 
Mr Nicholls said: "It was an excellent and very exciting day. It is always a huge honour to walk out on the field at the Home of Cricket." 
Mr Nicholls hopes the high profile appointments are a sign for the future. 
He is aspiring to join the Emerging Umpires Programme which has been set up by the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) for umpires preparing for elevation onto the First Class List.


SCHOOLS: Hereward Primary School holds sports day


11.01pm - 8th July 2015

PUPILS in the Reception classes at Hereward Primary School, Loughton, participated in a lively and exciting Sports’ Day on the school field on Wednesday morning. 
The children were grouped into the Hereward teams of Kingfishers (Blue), Woodpeckers (Green), Goldfinches (Yellow) and Robins (Red). 
After a round-robin of events consisting of a sack race, egg and spoon race, hurdle event and football, the children were divided up in their classes to participate in sprints. 
The final scores were Kingfishers 58 points; Goldfinches 48 points, Woodpeckers 41 points and Robins 35 points.
Reception teacher Mrs Tersia de Jongh said: "The children had a great day. 
They experienced first-hand what it is like to be a good team player and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.” 
In the afternoon, despite the threat of rain, children in Years 1 and 2 held their sports’ Day. 
The children all wore their team colours of Red, Blue, Green or Yellow and participated in a number of events including hurdles and penalty kicks. 
To conclude the day some exciting races took place with the assembled parents and family members loudly cheering on their children. 
The final Key Stage 1 scores were Robins 89 points, Kingfishers 79 points, Woodpeckers 78 points and Goldfinches 72 points.

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FUTSAL: Colebrook U12s are national runners-up


8.30am - 7th July 2015

THE Colebrook U12 side finished runners-up in the National Futsal Championships at the National Arena in Birmingham when they represented the South East of England. 
Colebrook U12s had already won the Essex and South East of England region tournament. 
Derwent Jaconelli said: "it was a massive achievement to finish second out of 2,500 teams and everyone at the Club is extremely proud! 
"This group of girls have had a amazing season and the girls add this National runners-up trophy to their League Cup win over Leyton Orient, their Pro-Select tournament win over QPR, West Ham and Tottenham and their Essex girls league runners-up trophy, where they finished just one point behind Tottenham!"
 Anyone interested in a trial for Colebrook at any age or standard should ring Derwent on 07775 586868.


ATHLETICS: District schools' championships


4.59pm - 4th July 2015

ATHLETES from five of the district's secondary schools have competed in track and field events at the annual District Sports championships. 
Davenant Foundation School, Debden Park High School, West Hatch High School, King Harold School and Roding Valley High School were all represented at the day-long event at Ashton Playing Fields, Woodford Bridge. 

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FOOTBALL: Further success for Colebrook U12 girls


5.38pm - 9th June 2015

COLEBROOK Under-12 girls will represent the South East of England in the finals of a national tournament.
The girls continued their success by winning the regional Futsal final in Bedford beating Hargreave Sports from Hertfordshire and Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire. They will now represent the South East in the national Futsal finals in Birmingham on June 27. 
The girls won a Pro-Select tournament against Tottenham Hotspur, Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United finishing two points ahead of runners-up QPR. 
The two wins follow the girls' two other recent successes of winning the Essex Girls League Cup 3-1 against Leyton Orient and only just missing out on the double by finishing one point behind Tottenham in the Essex Girls League.


DARTS: Jubilee Pavilion hosts competition


9.09am - 4th June 2015

MORE than 50 darts players took part in a day-long competition at Ongar Town Council's Jubilee Pavilion, Love Lane, on Sunday. 
The event - featuring 55 players in a singles competition and 11 doubles teams - was organised by Clive Sharp with the prizes presented by Steve Brown, secretary of Ongar and District Darts League. 
The winner was Dave Solly, from Dagenham, who beat John Costigan, from Ongar, in the final. 
The semi-finalists were Rob Tinsley, from Chelmsford, and Chris Gower, from Corringham. 
Ongar Town Council, which manages the Jubilee Pavilion, is working with the Essex Super League Darts with a view to holding regular weekly competitions at the pavilion from September.


GIRLS FOOTBALL: Trophy win for Colebrook Royals


3.11pm - 26th May 2015

CHIGWELL-based Colebrook Royals U12 girls have won the Essex County Girls Football League Trophy.
They beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 away in the semi-final before overcoming Leyton Orient Advanced Soccer School 2-1 in the final with goals from Emilia Parsons and Bethany Rones.
Manager Derwent Jaconelli said: "This was a fantastic achievement for this group of girls who have worked really hard as a team. 
"To win the League Cup is fantastic but when you consider this group of girls finished second in the league by one point to Tottenham Hotspur, won an Essex-wide tournament to win the right to represent the whole of Essex in the National Futsal Championships in Bedford and as a club have been signed by Arsenal Ladies Academy to be their Grassroots Partner Club for East London and Essex, is simply amazing."
In the last year Colebrook Royals have sent 12 girls for trial with Arsenal with four being signed. 
Derwent added: "This is a massive achievement and because of our policy of pushing talented players through to the top level, we are always looking for new talent to send forward." 
Anyone at any age group interested in attending one of the club's advanced player development centres can email Derwent Jaconelli at info@apdc.co.uk, ring 07775 586868 or visit www.apdc.co.uk


HOCKEY and TENNIS: Coaching sessions for children


8.25am - 24th May 2015

PUPILS from Epping Primary School enjoyed free hockey and tennis coaching sessions along with 500 other schoolchildren at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre at its annual Schools Festival. 
More than 50 primary schools were invited to the world class sports venue at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The event was hosted by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority in partnership with the venue operators Lee Valley Leisure Trust.


SWIMMING: Success for Chigwell School at national finals


9.21pm - 13th May 2015

FIVE Chigwell School pupils recorded personal best times - and one came home as a national champion - when they took part in the Independent Association of Prep Schools National Swimming Finals. 
The event was held at the K2 swimming centre in Crawley on Saturday. 
Joseph Ahern swam a new personal best of 29.85secs in the U13's 50m free missing out on a place in the final by 0.4 secs. 
In the girls competition, Emily Iley, Maddie McCormack and Alex Bibby all qualified for their finals with Eleanor Ahern, who swam a personal best in the U13 50m backstroke heat, a reserve for her final. 
Maddie swam personal bests in both the heats and final of the U13's 50m breaststroke with a best time of 40.33secs as she finished fifth in the final. 
Alex also swam personal bests in both the heats and final of the U12's 50m freestyle with a best time of 30.30secs to earn a silver medal in the final. 
Emily recorded a personal best in the heat of the U11's 50m backstroke with 33.18secs and then tied in a dead heat as she was crowned national champion in the final.


GYMNASTICS: West Hatch student takes gold


1.36pm - 16th April 2015

AN 11-year-old student at West Hatch High School has won a gold medal in gymnastics while representing the UK in an international competition. 
Larni Shulton was up against gymnasts from Malta, Holland, Belgium, Germany and Jersey when she competed in the DHA International competition in Colchester. 
The Chigwell youngster came third overall with high scores in her vault, bars and floor routines - and earned herself a gold medal with her beam routine.
Larni, who is in Year 7 at the High Road school, started in the sport at the age of just four and took part in her first competition about three years later. 
She now trains 18 hours a week, spread over five days, at Havering Gymnastics. 
Larni initially took part in ballet but then turned her attention to gymnastics. She said: "Being with my friends is one of the best things as well as being able to do a lot of cool skills.
"I like the strengthening side (of the sport) which is strange because a lot of people don't like that." 
Of her latest success, Larni said: "I knew I had done well; I'd had a solid competition - it was just really amazing to win. I didn't expect it."


GYMNASTICS: Club earns World Gymnaestrada spot


3.07pm - 13th April 2015

EPPING SC Gymnastics Club has been selected for the prestigious World Gymnaestrada gymnastics festival in Helsinki, Finland, in July. 
Seventeen girls aged 10 to 23 from the club will take part in the seven-day festival which is held every four years and brings together about 21,000 gymnasts from 50 nations. 
The club beat off fierce competition to be selected and will perform in individual displays, British displays and the world display at the closing ceremony in front of a global audience. 
Head coach Carrie Barfoot said: "It's an honour to be selected for the World Gymnaestrada and a testament to our hard work and dedication as a club. 
"We've already started training and are looking to put on a few displays before and after the event to showcase the sequences. 
"Preparing for the festival is going to be demanding but we're all relishing every second of it and are really excited to be part of such a fantastic event." 
The squad - which trains at Everyone Active's Epping Sports Centre - needs to raise £30,000 to attend the World Gymnaestrada and will be hosting fundraising events over the coming months and accepting donations. 
Everyone Active contract manager Kim Bames said: "We're so pleased Epping SC Gymnastics Club has been selected for this acclaimed event having watched their progress over the years. 
"The centre is like a second home to most of the girls and coaches as they spend so much time here. They're truly deserving of their spot and we'd like to wish them the best of luck." 
Donations to Epping SC Gymnastics Club can be made via bank transfer or cheque to Epping Gymnaestrada 40-20-37 / 2143657.
 Alternatively donations can be made at Epping Sports Centre on Monday evenings, Thursday evenings or Saturdays.


SQUASH: Ongar club reaches last eight


2.12pm - 31st March 2015

A TEAM from the Ongar Love Lane Squash Club is through to the last eight of a national competition. 
The team of Mark McEwen, Dave Smith, Malcolm McEwen and Richard Horswill recorded a two-point victory on count back over Ipswich in the last 16 of the national club championships after the match ended 2-2. 
The club will now face the Edgbaston Priory Club from Birmingham in the quarter-finals on May 16. 
Angus McKenzie, who manages Ongar Town Council's Jubilee Park site where the squash club is based, said: "Everyone associated with the town council and the Jubilee Park congratulate the squash team on their outstanding success so far and all hope that they can go even further and reach the national semi-finals in May."


NETBALL: Double success for West Hatch teams


3.35pm - 26th March 2015

THE Year 7 netball team at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, have been crowned West Essex District Champions after being unbeaten in the district league which ran from September to March. 
They progressed to the play-offs on Tuesday (March 24) and beat Harlow champions Burnt Mill 16-14, having fought back from 5-1 down, to be West Essex and Harlow District Champions. 
The Year 8 girls were also West Essex District Champions however they were beaten by St Marks in the play-off final. 
Coralie Reid, Head of PE at West Hatch, said: "The girls narrowly missed out to a place in the semi -final of the Essex Cup to Bancroft's School a few weeks ago so this was a really nice way to end the year. 
"They all played really well. The player of the match as picked by the opposition was Isobel Barry." 
Mrs Reid added: "That is the end of the netball year but the girls are already looking forward to next season and will all be representing the school athletics team next term."


ATHLETICS: Davenant girl hurdles to national title


3.25pm - 14th March 2015

A DAVENANT Foundation School student is already eyeing up her next potential medal-winning performance after being crowned a national indoor athletics champion. 
Year 9 student Marissa Sims won the English Athletics Championships Under-15 indoor 60m hurdles at Sheffield last week clocking a time of 8.99secs. 
Marissa, a member of Enfield and Haringey Athletics Club, said: "I wasn't expecting to win, I just hoped! It was a bit of a shock." 
Marissa trains three times a week at Lea Valley Athletics Club and takes part in competitions about once a fortnight. 
Now she is setting her sights on qualifying for the 75m event at the English Schools Championships. 
To qualify she needs to reach the national standard time of 11.5secs, which is just one hundredth of a second faster than her personal best which she set last year.
Marissa said: "I've got so many nice friends and everyone is so supportive. I've done athletics since I was nine but only started hurdles when I was in Year 7. I really enjoy it." 
Davenant headteacher Chris Seward said: "Marissa's achievement was fantastic. She trains really hard, is a popular girl, always cheerful and we hope that she will continue to be successful in the year ahead."


KARATE: Marathon fundraiser


4.53pm - 3rd March 2015

MEMBERS of the Waltham Abbey-based Shotokan Karate will be among those taking part in a Kata Marathon in memory of a former member. 
The event, which is being held at Harlow Leisurezone between 3pm and 6pm on May 10, is being organised in memory of senior Black Belt member Liz Lafbury who died last year. 
Money raised will go to The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. 
All members from all SKE clubs will be taking part. Shotokan Karate is this year marking its 30th anniversary. 
In the past three decades the organisation has raised over £100,000 for various charities and holds the Guinness World Record for performing the most Katas - 8,533 - in three hours. 
There is no charge for spectators but a collection will be held to boost the total raised. Prizes will be awarded for the best fundraiser from each participating club. 
This year is also the 25th year of the Roy Castle charity. 
For more details about the event ring 01992 768664 or email ske@btconnect.com


NETBALL: West Hatch teams in latter stages of two competitions


3.05pm - 26th February 2015

TWO netball teams at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, are through to the latter stages of two county competitions.
The Under-19 team are into the semi-finals of the Essex Cup after a 27-17 victory over Chingford Foundation School. 
The team, captained by Sophie Ledwith, will now play either Coopers School or Westcliff High School for Girls in the last four. 
Coralie Reid, the school's Head of PE, said: "The match against Chingford was physically tough but the girls maintained their self-control and technically were the better team on the day."
The victory over Chingford followed a convincing 41-4 win against Jo Richardson School, Dagenham.
Poppy Maddison (Centre and County Netballer) was player of the match voted for by the opposition coach and team. 
Mrs Reid, Head of PE, said: "This lovely bunch of pupils deserve all the success they get. They are not only exceptional netball players but are hardworking A-level students. 
"They are a complete credit to the school and I am going to miss Sophie and Poppy when they move on after this year. Seven years of service to the school netball team is a great achievement for them both." 
* Meanwhile the West Hatch Year 7 team are into the Essex Cup quarter-finals after beating Jo Richardson School. 
This is the furthest the team has ever progressed in the competition and will now meet Bancroft's School at Redbridge Sports Centre on March 12. 
Players of the match in the last round was Annabel Carter, who was voted for by the opposition coach and team, and Isobel Barry, who was praised by the West Hatch coach). 
Mrs Reid said: "The girls fought hard in the game and were captained superbly by Kiera Carroll with her hard fighting attitude. 
"It was probably the toughest game they have had in their run of 15 undefeated games since the start of the year." 
She added: "I am so proud of all the girls, each one of them works so hard in training and take on board new tactics and plays. 
"They are also current district champions being the only school in west Essex left in the Essex Cup competition. This means a lot to us as a school, and the girls."


CROSS COUNTRY: School in county championships


2.40pm - 26th February 2015

ATHLETES at West Hatch High School took part in the Year 7 and 8 Essex Schools Cross Country Championships at Stubbers Activity Centre, Upminster. 
The event brought the cross country season to an end as more than 60 of the best cross country schools across Essex took part in the event. 
Each contest involved 300 to 400 runners. 
The highest ranked West Hatch students were Olivia Roberts (Year 7) who was placed 56th and Maddie Fitch (Year 7) 79th.


HOCKEY: School reaches final for second successive year


8.26am - 20th February 2015

THE Avon House School hockey team put up a stout defence of their Redbridge Mini Games Hockey title fighting through to the final before losing to Bancroft's School.
By far the youngest side in the competition, Avon House had to adapt to playing on a very narrow pitch but gradually settled into an effective pattern of play. 
Goals proved hard to come by because of the congested playing area but Avon House persevered during the six games and the final result showed how the sport has become one of the school's strengths in recent years. 
Team members were Eesa (captain), Rithvik, Aadam, Amir, Amelie, Ananya, Alfie, Maxwell, Sophia, Venaya and Theo.


SCHOOL SPORTS: School's PE efforts earn gold award


1.58pm - 6th February 2015

ACHIEVEMENTS by staff and students in PE at Debden Park High School, Loughton, have earned the school a gold mark in the Sainsbury's School Games Mark scheme.
The Government-led scheme was launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. 
Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels. 
PE team leader Jen Perry said: "We are very pleased to be awarded a gold mark. Schools are assessed on categories including curriculum, competition, extra-curricular and sports leaders. 
"It's great to see our students acknowledged for their fantastic sporting achievements and commitment to helping others achieve, and we thank all the students and staff for supporting PE and sport in our school."


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