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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."


CROSS COUNTRY: School runners get into the festive spirit


1.02pm - 16th December 2014

CROSS country runners at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, got into the festive spirit for their last session before Christmas. 
Between eight and 12 pupils have regularly maintained their running along the roads of Chigwell and Woodford setting off at 7.30am with the morning cross country club for the last 13 weeks.
Nikita Roberts (Year 10), Olivia Roberts (Year 7) and Sebastian Weller (Year 9) have not missed a run on a Tuesday morning. 
Running about two-and-a-half to three miles per week means the students have clocked up well over a marathon and for their final session before Christmas went out in festive fancy dress.


TAEKWONDO: Club has five British champions


3.16pm - 8th December 2014

EPPING & Stortford Taekwondo clubs have five new British champions following successes at the TAGB British championships at Worcester Arena.
The competition also attracted competitors from the Netherlands. 
This year's competition was the club's most successful British Championships where club members won 13 trophies and follows successes at the South East tournament where 20 trophies were claimed. 
Among the success were Christine Abbott (gold in sparring and patterns), Angie Margrie (gold in women's Executive sparring and bronze in patterns), Matt Chivers and Tyha Currie (gold in sparring), Michael Barford (bronze in men's Executive sparring and bronze in patterns), Matt Howard (silver in mens Executive sparring) and Joe Howard (bronze in cadet boys sparring). Taekwondo can be exercise and a sport for all ages and abilities. 
Friendly no-pressure Classes are held in Epping and Bishops Stortford. For more details visit www.eppingtkd.co.uk, email blackbelt56@sky.com or ring Colin on 07540 834710.


ATHLETICS: Success for West Hatch students


11.48am - 7th December 2014

WEST Hatch students recorded impressive performances in the Waltham Forest Indoor Winter Athletics competition. 
The second round of the competition at Sport England's Lea Valley Athletics Centre saw girls and boys from Year 7 to Year 13 competed in 60m and 200m track events as well as long jump, triple and shot. 
The Years 8 and 9 athletes, who were the current leaders in the competition, were again impressive with Renee Denahy and Abigail Dada victorious in the 60m and 200m respectively. 
Year 13 student Edward Yamah clocked 6.57secs in the 60m while Year 8 student Mariellen Teubes and Year 12 student Alex Dean won their respective races.


CROSS COUNTRY: Success for 'home' students


8.53am - 3rd December 2014

WEST Hatch High School athletes put in highly commendable performances when they took on students from other local schools in the West Essex District Cross Country Championships. 
West Hatch hosted the race in perfect cross country weather. 
PE teacher and head of cross country Aaron D'Silva said: "It was cold, wet and muddy but this did not hamper the pupils' involvement and more than 40 pupils, from Years 7 to 11, took part." 
The gruelling event was well attended with participating schools including Davenant, Debden Park and Roding Valley. 
West Hatch students singled out for praise were Sami Shulton (Year 9) who was the Chigwell school's only gold medallist, Maddie Fitch (Year 7) and Nikita Roberts (Year 10) who were runners-up and Amelia Skipper (Year 9) who finished third. 
Runners will now look to be selected as part of West Essex for the January County Championships.


FOOTBALL: Three Chigwell students selected for national honours


1.36pm - 7th November 2014

THREE Chigwell School pupils have been selected to represent the Independent Schools FA national representative sides in December at the Football Association's St George's Park. 
Year 9 pupils Tommy Redhead and Jake David will be on their first visit to St George's Park with the under-14 squad while Alec Osborn will represent the under-15 team having represented ISFA at U14 level last year. 
The pupils were chosen after a half-term training event at Oakham School.
Both squads will face tough opposition as they are playing matches against Leicester City FC and Watford FC academies.


CROSS COUNTRY: Children prepare for junior race


6.30pm - 6th November 2014

SOME 240 children will be competing in the annual Epping and Ongar junior cross country event which is being held at High Ongar Primary School on Thursday (November 13). 
The event involves children from a number of local primary schools in the area.
The course starts and finishes at the school but includes fields and hilly and muddy terrain.


SCHOOL SPORTS: A-level PE students visit athletics centre


4.16pm - 4th November 2014

YEAR 13 A-level PE students at West Hatch High School visited Lea Valley Indoor Athletics Centre to complete part of their coursework. 
Eight students took part in a variety of fitness tests with the aid of timing gates, which tested their speed and agility. 
Tests included the Illinois Agility Test, a 35m Flying Sprint and the Multistage Fitness Stage or 'Beep Test'. 
Many of the willing students scored highly with Michael Rugeley achieving 4.06 seconds in the 35m Fly Sprint. 
The students will be using their data analysis to design a ten-week training programme as part of their coursework and hope to improve in a selected area of fitness.


HOCKEY: Chigwell School girls reach regional finals


3.30pm - 19th October 2014

CHIGWELL School's Under-14s girls' hockey team will represent Essex in the regional finals in Bedford on November 11 after being runners-up in the Essex tournament. 
The girls topped their pool group after a 1-1 draw against Bancrofts and 3-1 and 2-1 victories over Brentwood and New Hall respectively. 
They then beat Coopers 3-1 on penalty strokes in the semi-final after the match ended 0-0 and lost 1-0 to Felsted in the final. 
Miranda Weeks, Head of Girls' Games at Chigwell School, said: "The work rate and effort from the girls was outstanding all day and they fully deserved their reward of a place at the regional finals. 
"All season the Chigwell girls have trained hard and they were focused on delivering at the tournament. 
"It was so pleasing to see them play to their potential and earn a spot representing the county at the regional finals."


HOCKEY: Crostyx results round-up


9.02am - 7th October 2014

CROSTYX Ladies 1s showed true grit and determination in this weekend's thrilling 3-2 local derby success against Old Loughts.
Victory was sealed thanks to goals from Laura Feldman, Sarah Belsham and Alys Hackett. 
Crostyx Ladies 1s play Bromley & Beckenham (away) on Saturday and will be looking to double their points in the East Division 1 South. 
* The Mens 1st XI went down 2-1 to newly-promoted Chelmsford 2s.
* Crostyx Ladies 2 were beaten 4-2 by East London at Lee Valley.
* Tthe Ladies 3s went down 3-2 to Witham.
* The Mens 2nd XI went down 2-0 at home to Chelmsford.
* The Mens 3s beat Old Loughts Academy 2s 4-2 to seal their third successive win. 
* The U16 boys recorded a comprehensive 7-0 victory at home to Teddington with Vishal Mayo scoring three goals.
* The Girls U12 team, playing in the Essex Mini League Division 1, were beaten 2-0 by Blue Hornets, overcame Saffron Walden2nd XI 3-0 before drawing 1-1 with Upminster and losing 1-0 to Saffron Walden's 1st team. 
* The under-14 Girls beat Old Loughtonians U14 Girls Development B side 4-1.


RUGBY: Davenant players visit Twickenham


6.08pm - 10th September 2014

PUPILS from Davenant Foundation School visited the home of England Rugby Union, Twickenham, when they were invited to train with London Saracens coaches. 
The students then took to the stands to watch the 'Double Header' which saw Saracens take on Wasps and Harlequins face London Irish. 
The Year 8 and 9 students trained at "The Stoop" for two hours in the morning with the underlying approach focusing on the Rugby Football Unions new 'Core Values': Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline, Sportsmanship. 
The Davenant players met a selection of the players including the likes of Owen Farrell, Chris Ashton, Mako Vunipola and Scotland captain Kelly Brown. 
Year 8 student Thomas Sinyinza said: "I can't believe it, we saw four Premiership teams play, met international rugby players and I took selfies with all of them. It was the best day ever!".


FOOTBALL: Chigwell School hosts under-11s festival


4.40pm - 8th September 2014

CHIGWELL School hosted its annual football festival featuring 21 teams from 16 local primary schools. 
The aim of the festival is to give all participants the opportunity to play in a fun, safe and competitive environment in a child centred competition. 
Each school was placed in a pool with other schools of similar ability, with each team playing six matches which were all close affairs. 
The standard of football from all schools was impressive and many parents and pupils commented on the relaxed atmosphere of the event and the positive environment which was set.


FOOTBALL: Chigwell School runners-up in six-a-side


4.38pm - 8th September 2014

CHIGWELL School was host to the prestigious annual Independent Schools FA national sixes tournament, which was held for the 50th time. 
Thirty-two teams from across the country, including RGS Newcastle, Bolton School, Manchester Grammar and Millfield, competed in Sunday's event which saw group matches played in the morning and knockout matches for the cup and plate competitions in the afternoon. 
Chigwell started with a 2-0 victory over Kimbolton School and a narrow 1-0 defeat to highly-fancied Bede's School. 
They then beat RGS Newcastle 3-0 to finish second in the group and go through to the cup competition and a match against John Lyon School in the last 16. 
After a comfortable 2-0 victory, Chigwell met Lancing College in the quarter finals with the match going to penalties. 
Will Sibley saved a spot kick to see Chigwell through to the last four. City of London School were the opponents in another tense encounter and again the match went to penalties.
Despite missing two penalties, Chigwell again had their 'keeper to thank as he saved three penalties to see Chigwell through to the final against Bradfield College. 
The team had faced the same opposition the previous day in an 11-a-side fixture and knew they would be tough opposition. 
Bradfield were 1-0 up at half-time and eventually ran out 2-0 victors. 
The only time Chigwell have won the tournament was in 1983 and the last time they had made the final was 2005. 
This was an outstanding achievement considering the smaller size of the school compared to the large football schools which enter every year. 
Chigwell School bursar David Morrison said: "There was universal acclaim for the school's extensive grounds particularly from ISFA which publicly congratulated our grounds staff on their fine work which has established Chigwell as the leading school for national tournaments."


NETBALL: Chigwell School hosts under-11s tournament


4.36pm - 8th September 2014

CHIGWELL School hosted the annual under-11s netball tournament which involved 16 teams from local schools, with some 160 girls taking part.
Sam Dick, Head of Netball at Chigwell School, said: "It was a fantastic morning, providing the players with opportunities to develop both individually and as part of a team at the very start of the season. 
"Chigwell was third overall which was a fantastic result for a very talented group of players. 
"We would like to thank every team that took part for making the day enjoyable and successful."


CRICKET: Rain ruins umpire's international debut


10.08am - 3rd September 2014

A HEAD of House at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, was selected to make his international cricket umpiring debut in a rain-ruined match at Lord's on August Bank Holiday Monday. 
Paul Nicholls was appointed by the England and Wales Cricket Board as the reserve umpire for his first full international match, between England Women and India Women in the one-day series. 
The day began early at 8am with breakfast with the teams and a meeting between the captains and match referee. 
Mr Nicholls was briefed on his press liaison role which included giving press statements to SKY/BBC and Fox TV. 
Mr Nicholls said: "The rain came down and much of the day was spent running between the press groups keeping them informed of prospects of play. 
"Some of the day was overseeing the work of the Lord's ground staff when the rain did ease. 
"Discussions took place about a potential shorter game being played but sadly the weather did not improve." 
The match was eventually abandoned without a ball being bowled. Mr Nicholls is moving quickly through the umpiring ranks. 
He has been umpiring for just eight years and his rise has been exceptionally fast. His next aim is to get on the Emerging Umpires Panel, a group of only four umpires throughout the country who are targeted for a possible future professional contract. 
Anybody interested in taking up umpiring can find out more about courses and exams at www.ecb.co.uk 
* Earlier this season Mr Nicholls was one of the umpires at Lord's for the annual match between Eton and Harrow.


KARATE: New club opening in Loughton


8.29am - 1st September 2014

A NEW karate club is opening at Roding Valley High School, Loughton, next month.
Instructor Jason Walton is launching the Wado-Kai Karate Club on Wednesday, October 8. 
The club is affiliated to England Wado-Kai Karate-Do Renmei Association which is the main representative for the Wado-Kai Karate style in England. 
Jason has had recent success when he graded and was awarded his 2nd Dan after a full weekend of training at the association's annual summer course in Aldershot, Hampshire. 
He endured an intense grading examination in front of a three-man panel and also had to take a written examination. 
Jason has also just been selected for the England Wado-Kai Karate Team and will be competing at the 42nd European Wado-Kai Karate Championships in Varese, Italy, in November, representing England in the Men's Senior Individual Kata category. He also competed earlier this year in two other national competitions in which he also won two silver medals also in Kata categories. 
The new Loughton Wado-Kai Karate club welcomes new members and beginners and is open to all ages from six upwards. 
Classes will take place on Wednesdays from 7pm-8pm in Roding Valley High School's drama hut. 
For more details, ring Jason on 07971 672 542 or visit www.loughtonwadokai.co.uk


KARTING: Debden Park are national champions


3.24pm - 23rd July 2014

A TEAM from Debden Park High School has won the 2014 British Schools Karting Championships. 
Twenty-nine teams from across Britain took part in the championship at Whilton Mill, Northampton, which is regarded as one of the most challenging tracks in Britain.
More than 1,000 youngsters, aged 13 to 18, took part in local and regional qualifying heats to reach the final. Team DPHS SuperGreen - Oliver Longshaw, 16, from Theydon Bois, and Ben Green, 16, and Jaiden Fenton, 15, both from Waltham Abbey - were clear winners in the final achieving 90 points, five more than their nearest rivals.
Team manager Graham Tongate, PE teacher at Debden Park High School, said: "This magnificent achievement is a reflection of all the hard work and dedication of these three young men who were enthusiastically supported by their sponsors, parents, family, fellow students and friends. 
"They understood that their academic studies in this important GCSE year would not be neglected. I am so proud of their well-deserved success."
Parent Sue Longshaw said: "The team thoroughly deserved to win this national championship as a mark of their commitment to excellence." 
As well as their trophies, Team DPHS SuperGreen and their team manager will be given a conducted tour of the McLaren Technology Centre - the headquarters of the F1 racing team - near Woking, Surrey.


SPORT IN THE PARK: Sports activities this summer 


10.12am - 13th July 2014

GET active and have fun by taking part in free Sports in the Park in Ongar this summer. 
Ongar Town Council and Epping Forest District Council are working in partnership to deliver the new sessions which will include multi-sport activities such as athletics, tennis, football, rugby and cricket. 
Sports coaches will bring along a wide range of equipment for young people to enjoy and will help organise fun activities and games. 
The free events will be at the QE II Jubilee Field (Love Lane), Ongar, on Thursdays, August 7, 14 and 21, between 2pm and 4 pm. 
The sessions are aimed at ages 11 to 16. 
For more information ring Fabrizio Ferrari at Epping Forest District Council on 01992 564567, email fferrari@eppingforestdc.gov.uk or ring Judith Cook at Ongar Town Council on 01277 365348 or email deputyclerk@ongartowncouncil.gov.uk


FOOTBALL: Shooters Football hosting summer schools 


5.07pm - 30th June 2014

SHOOTERS Football in North Weald will host three week-long Summer Soccer Schools, a West Ham United Academy trials day and an on-going development programme after becoming a Development Centre for West Ham United Community Sports Trust. 
The Summer Soccer Schools for children aged five to 15 are a great way of improving skills, agility and awareness. 
The FA qualified, CRB checked coaches tailor each session to focus on developing the children's natural ability. 
The West Ham United Academy Trials Day in August will be a chance for children to showcase their footballing ability and catch the eye of the Academy scouts and coaches. 
As part of West Ham United's on-going commitment to player development in the surrounding community there will also be weekly development sessions on Friday nights with the aim of refining children's skills, passion and competitive spirit.
Shooters Football director Bradley Smith said: "This is a great step forward for what is a relatively new five-a-side centre in the area. We are proud of the facilities we offer and delighted that West Ham United FC recognise our venue as a fantastic place to develop the football stars of the future." 
The Summer Soccer Schools run from 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday from July 28-August 1; August 11-15 and August 19-25. 
The Academy Trials Day is on August 8. 
The weekly development sessions will run every Friday from 5.30pm to 7pm from September 12. 
For more details or to book a place ring01992 524393 or email info@shootersfootball.co.uk


FOOTBALL: School's charity match raises 500 


5.12pm - 28th June 2014

A TEAM of Chigwell School Year 11 boys took on a staff team in a football match which raised 500 for the Smiles with Grace charity. 
The Smiles with Grace charity - http://smileswithgrace.org/ - was set up by the late Grace Boxall who tragically passed away last September, days before her sixteenth birthday. 
Chigwell pupil Jusden Halabi organised the match which was very well supported by fellow pupils, staff and parents, including Grace's parents Karen and Peter. 
The boys had shirts made up carrying the Smiles with Grace logo. 
Both sides battled hard but the maturity and experience of the staff side was not quite a match for the fitness and skill of the boys who won 4-3. 
Headmaster Michael Punt said: "It makes me very proud when I see pupils come together in this way, to organise an event like this for such a worthy cause. 
"In her lifetime, Grace worked very hard to help others and it is very fitting that her friends should choose to support her charity in this way."


CRICKET: West Hatch member of staff umpires at Lord's 


5.12pm - 28th June 2014

A member of staff at West Hatch High School, Chigwell, was one of the umpires for the oldest fixture played at Lord's, the annual match between Eton and Harrow. 
Paul Nicholls officiated in the match in front of a 3,000-plus crowd on Saturday, June 21. 
Mr Nicholls, a Head of House at the Chigwell school, described the experience as "the greatest thrill in his umpiring career". 
Mr Nicholls only began umpiring eight years ago having retired from playing club cricket for Enfield Cricket Club for 25 years. 
He has worked his way through the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) system and is now just one level away from making it to professional level umpiring both at county 2nd XI / Minor County level. 
His special day began early with a 9.30am meeting with the match referee in the spacious umpires changing room in the pavilion. 
The fixture is over 200 years old and is the longest established sporting fixture in the world. 
The toss took place between the two captains and with the match referee present before presentations were made to all players and officials to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the MCC. 
Both umpires were presented to the Eton and Harrow headmasters and the president of the MCC. 
Mr Nicholls said: "It was a very moving moment when I walked through the Long Room and onto the ground with my name up on the scoreboard and being announced over the public address system." 
Harrow who made 233 all out in their 55 overs, and went on to win by 63 runs.


TAEKWONDO: Club secures 11 medals


7.27am - 20th June 2014

MEMBERS of Epping/Stortford Taekwondo won 11 trophies at the TAGB Midlands Championships in Worcester. 
Six students competed and between them won three gold, five silver and three bronze medals.
Competing students were Michael Barford, 44 (Green Belt Middleweight sparring and Patterns), Angie Margrie, 37 (Ladies Green Belt Heavyweight sparring and Patterns), Matthew Chivers, 22 (Mens Welterweight Yellow Belt sparring and patterns), Thya Currie, 25 (Ladies Yellow Belt Heavyweight sparring and Patterns), Suzanne Wolfe, 51 (Ladies Black Belt Patterns) and Cerys O'Connor, 13 (Girls Black belt Patterns).
Angie won silver in the Women's Green belt Heavyweight sparring division and Gold in Patterns. 
Tyha won gold in Yellow Belt Heavyweight sparring and silver in patterns while Michael won silver in Men's Green Belt Middleweight sparring. 
Matt returned with a gold in Patterns and silver in Men's Welterweight Yellow Belt sparring. 
Angie and Tyha also won silver in the team sparring and Michael and Matt a bronze in team sparring. 
Suzanne and Cerys entered Black Belt patterns just seven weeks after passing their Black Belt grading and were just outside the medals. 
Julie Taylor undertook umpire duties on the day. 
Club spokesman Mike Barford said: "This was Tyha and Matts first competition and to come home with three trophies each shows what can be done with dedication and hard work less than a year after joining the club." 
* The club holds classes every Thursday (8pm-9pm) at Epping Hall, St Johns Road, Epping.
For more details, email blackbelt56@sky.com or ring Colin on 07540 834710. Website: http://www.eppingtkd.co.uk/


CRICKET: Jessie given chance to shine at Lord's


8.04am - 6th June 2014

CRICKET-loving Jessie Bussell, a Year 6 pupil at Staples Road Primary School, Loughton, was given the opportunity of a lifetime when she was the England mascot at Lord's. 
Jessie was selected to be the mascot for the fourth Royal London one-day international match against Sri Lanka. 
The opportunity arose through the partnership between Waitrose and Chance to Shine and the charities link with Essex Cricket Board and Loughton Cricket Club.
Jessie met the players from both squads and helped the captains with the toss.
Jessie said "It was so exciting to get so close to the players before the match and be out on pitch for the coin toss. The players were really friendly and happily stopped to give me an autograph. 
"It was a great opportunity that I'll never forget and I can't wait to get back on the pitch and play cricket again for my school and local club." 
Mascots for the Royal London one-day series were selected from schools and clubs partaking in the Cricket Foundation's Chance to Shine programme. 
Chance to Shine is a nationwide programme run by the Cricket Foundation which aims to keep cricket alive in state schools. 
Since 2005 over two million children have had the opportunity to play cricket through the programme. 
Through a link with Essex County Cricket Board and Loughton Cricket Club, Jessie's school is part of the Chance to Shine scheme. 
The school now play intra-competitions and are entering into games against other local schools thanks to the campaign. 
Since the first cricket sessions almost two years ago from Loughton's coaches, pupils have enjoyed the cricket so much they are continuing their involvement at the local community cricket club.


FOOTBALL: Students receive county caps


7.52am - 3rd June 2014

TWO Year 9 Roding Valley High School students have been part of the Under 14 Essex County football side that has triumphed to become national champions. 
The title was secured with a 3-1 win over Sussex in the national finals. 
Conor Tyrell and Harry Francis have been ever present in the matches this season and have both also earned the prestigious honour of being 'capped' for their county.
Players are only given caps after making ten appearances for their county. 
The boys have been part of a team that has travelled up and down the country defeating a number of teams to reach the final. 
Both boys play football outside school for Brentford FC. 
Headteacher Paul Banks said: "The school is incredibly proud of Conor and Harry's achievements with the Essex County Football team. 
"They are two exceptionally talented footballers who have represented the school with honour in being capped for their county. 
"The success achieved by the team is a very special achievement and the boys should be commended for their role in the team."


FOOTBALL: Debden Park win football cup


12.50pm - 20th May 2014

DEBDEN Park High School's Year 7 football team have won the Harlow and West Essex Cup Final. 
The team beat Roding Valley High School 6-1 in the final. 
They competed in the knockout cup against ten local schools beating Davenant Foundation School, Loughton, and Burnt Mill Academy, Harlow, to reach the final which was played at Harlow Town FC.


FOOTBALL: Chigwell pupil captains national side


9.29am - 1st May 2014

CHIGWELL School student Joshua Banfield recently enjoyed footballing success after captaining the national Independent Schools FA under-18 team. 
The side beat the Scottish Independent Schools 4-0 at Berwick FC. 
Joshua, who has represented ISFA at every level from under-14s through to the under-18 side, also captained the team on their recent tour to Holland when they faced three professional under-18 sides - VVV Venlo, Sparta Rotterdam and NAC Breda - during the tour. 
Joshua, a Year 13 student, scored in the 3-1 win against Breda and was voted 'Player of the Tour'. 
He also represented the side last season when they played against Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid on the tour to Spain. 
Chigwell School's head of football Creag Lawrence said: "Joshua has worked incredibly hard in all sports since he joined Chigwell in Year 3 and this was a fitting reward for his effort and dedication throughout his Chigwell sporting career."


HOCKEY: International captaincy for Bancroft's girl


8.06am - 30th April 2014

BANCROFT'S Year 11 student Chloe Joarder captained the England U16 hockey team in two internationals against Holland. 
Chloe, 15, who has been playing hockey for Chigwell's Old Loughtonians club since she was ten, was selected for the national U16 squad following a series of trials and training weekends. 
The matches, which saw England lose to a strong Dutch side, were played over the Easter weekend at the National Sports Centre in Lilleshall and marked Chloe's international debut. 
Jo Fryer-Green, Head of Girls' Hockey at Bancroft's School, said: "Chloe's recent appointment as Captain of the England U16 Hockey team is thoroughly deserved. She is an extremely talented and committed player who is a great ambassador to young players. We are very proud of her." 
Chloe said: "When I found out I had been selected for England, I felt a great sense of pride in that I had achieved something I had always hoped for. 
"All of my hard work, training, dedication and the many hours on cold, wet and windy hockey pitches had been worth it. 
"I've always aspired to represent my country in the sport I love, but never once thought that I would also captain my team. 
"When the coach told me the news I was shocked. It was the proudest day of my life to lead out England." 
Chloe currently plays for the Old Loughtonians' ladies' second XI and next season will progress to the firsts. 
Earlier this year she was part of an Old Loughts' team which won the U16 Indoor National Championships. In addition to club hockey, 
Chloe plays for her school's first team and last summer travelled to South Africa with other Bancroft's hockey and netball players to compete in an International U18 Hockey tournament as well as playing against South African school teams. 
Chloe's ultimate hockey goal is be to be selected to represent her country in the Olympics. 
* Fellow Bancroft's student Tirion Prole, also in Year 11, represented Wales in three international matches in Switzerland over Easter.


BOXING: Success for Epping student


10.32am - 23rd April 2014

A 12-YEAR-OLD student at Epping St John's School has been celebrating after winning a title at the England Schoolboys' Boxing Championships.
Louis Horn, from Abridge, won a pair of golden gloves after being crowned the 34kg champion having boxed his way through the London rounds as well as the quarter and semi-finals to reach the finals in Liverpool. 
In the semi-final he beat a boxer who had been undefeated in his 14 previous bouts.
Louis said: "I feel really good - I didn't expect to win."
Louis's house leader at Epping St John's, Gemma Perry, said: "We are really proud of him and it's nice that we can celebrate with him the success that he has achieved outside of school."

Louis Horn PICTURE


NETBALL: Plate success for West Hatch


4.16pm - 7th April 2014

WEST Hatch High School's Year 9 netball team have been crowned U14 Essex Plate champions after a narrow 20-19 victory over Stewards School, Harlow, in the final held at Redbridge Sports Centre. 
West Hatch took an early lead and were five goals clear at half time but Stewards had a strong last quarter to challenge West Hatch until the last minute. 
Player of the match was captain Brooke Davey. 
The team was Brooke Davey (c), Ellie Wilkinson, Gemma Peckham, Nikita Roberts, Amy Jones, Olivia Wheatly, Romy Robinson, Lorena Pipenco, Lauren Green, and Caitlin Hulbert (Year 8). 
The girls had a strong performance throughout the competition seeing off Woodbridge, Cornelius and Oaks Park in the previous rounds.


FOOTBALL: Chigwell runners-up in national cup


3.40pm - 25th March 2014

CHIGWELL School's Under-13s football team earned praise for reaching the INVESTEC Independent Schools FA national cup final at Burton Albion FC, when they lost 3-0 to Whitgift School.
This was the second national final in two years for a Chigwell team after the Under-16s won the ISFA small schools shield last year. 
Reaching the Under-13 final was an outstanding achievement as 71 teams from across the country entered the tournament with the vast majority having far more boys in a year group than the 44 boys that Chigwell had to choose from. 
The Chigwell squad stayed in Nottingham overnight and enjoyed a late breakfast before an impromptu stroll along the River Trent and a visit to Nottingham Forest's City Ground. 
The final was always going to be tense with Whitgift School, Croydon, fielding their maximum allowance of five academy boys. 
Chigwell started extremely well and held off the early Whitgift attacks however Whitgift took the lead after 17 minutes. 
Chigwell kept the game at 1-0 until after half-time with Alex Barnes making some fine saves but Whitgift struck the killer blow with ten minutes to go. 
Louis King, playing his first game since September, found himself through on goal for Chigwell but could only fire wide. 
Whitgift's talented central midfielder completed his hat-trick in the final minutes however the Chigwell team defended throughout the game with intelligence and should be extremely proud of their achievement.
More than 120 Chigwell supporters made the trip to Burton, including practically all the Year 8s and numerous family and friends helping to create an excellent atmosphere to make the day special for all involved. 
The Under-13s team were also runners-up in the IAPS national sixes tournament last November and enjoyed a fantastic tour to Barcelona last October. 
Creag Lawrence, Head of Football at Chigwell said: 'This was a great occasion for all involved at Chigwell and it will certainly be a day that the players will remember for a long time. 
"The boys worked incredibly hard on a huge League 1 pitch to contain a very talented Whitgift side and I am delighted with the attitude and the manner in which the boys conducted themselves."


HOCKEY: Victory for Crostyx Ladies


8.35am - 12th March 2014

Crostyx Ladies 1st XI recorded a 4-3 win when they travelled to Stevenage. 
Ciara Newell scored a hat-trick while Keeley Pratt was player of the match for a series of hard-fought tackles and her man-marking throughout the match.
Crostyx play Blueharts this weekend at The Peter May Stadium at 1pm. 
A victory will secure the Crostyx Ladies 1st XI promotion from the East League Division 2C.


NETBALL: Cup success for Chigwell girls


7.34am - 11th March 2014

CHIGWELL School's Under-15 netball squad have won the U15 Kelsall Independent Schools Cup. 
The girls made an excellent start beating host school Brentwood 7-5 and continued their winning streak beating Felsted 6-5. 
The afternoon followed a pattern with a string of wins and one draw with excellent performances from Annie Redmond, Ava James and Kirsty Farquharson. 
The Chigwell girls needed to win their last game, against Bancroft's, to win the tournament. 
With captain Megan Whitehead unable to play due to a fall earlier in the afternoon, the squad needed to pull together to get the result. Millie- Mai Sorrell stepped up to take the goal shooter position and played well under the pressure considering she had not shot in the tournament so far. 
It was a comfortable win for the squad and an unbeaten run all afternoon. Congratulations to Megan Whitehead (c), Serena Dench, Millie-Mai Sorrell, Ava James, Kirsty Farquharson, Melissa Garnish, Ellie Sibley, Maddie Simpson, Annie Redmond and Anna Gleadall.


FOOTBALL: Cup final role for footballers


7.32am - 11th March 2014

TWELVE Year 8 pupils at Chigwell School were ball boys at the Independent Schools FA U18 cup final at Milton Keynes Dons FC. 
The final saw Millfield beat Bradfield College 6-1. 
The referee for the final was Premier League referee Howard Webb who met the boys before kick-off. 
The boys will be playing in the final of the ISFA U13 cup at Burton Albion FC on Thursday, March 20.


HOCKEY: Junior Crostyx player awarded scholarship


9.04am - 10th March 2014

A YOUNG Crostyx hockey player has been awarded a hockey scholarship to Felsted School. 
James Preston, then aged six, was one of club's first junior members when the junior programme started four years ago. 
Despite having a hockey-playing mother the sport was relatively new to him. 
James is head boy at Loyola School, Buckhurst Hill, where Martin Foxall, one of the senior Crostyx coaches saw promise. 
James has progressed well and was captain of the under-10 boys team. He is one of the strongest players in his age group. 
Last year the under-10 boys reached the semi-finals of the Essex Championships and James was top goal scorer. 
Crostyx Hockey Club runs three ladies and three mens teams which compete weekly in the East and Essex Leagues. 
The junior hockey programme, with training sessions for six to 16-year-olds, meets at Peter May Sports Centre on Saturday mornings. 
The programme has risen from just a dozen children in September 2011 to 100+ and a number of Under-14 players will be embedding into the senior teams. 
Crostyx is part of the Woodford Wells Club with the clubhouse facility at Monkhams Lane, Woodford Green, open daily offering cricket, tennis, squash and table tennis.
The club has the use of the artificial hockey pitch at Peter May Sports Centre for all home matches and weekly training sessions.
For further information ring Alys Hackett on 07818 695808 or email alys_hackett@hotmail.com


KARATE: Students support charity


3.44pm - 3rd March 2014

THE UKA Karate School rose to the challenge with students in Buckhurst Hill and Loughton performing 3,000 karate techniques to raise money for charity.
 All the money raised will be split between a local charity of each club's choice, and the club competition fund (making competitions accessible to all by helping students with travel, squad uniform, and other expenses). 
UKA clubs in Epping Forest chose Haven House Children's Hospice. 
The students in the Buckhurst Hill and Loughton classes raised sponsorship money leading up to the fundraising event, and then during their lesson performed 1,000 kicks, 1,000 punches and 1,000 blocks in just one hour. 
Sensei Julia and Sensei Tasha were delighted with their students who all completed the challenge. 
Tom Heenan, a UKA instructor who photographed the event, said: "The instructors included pair work, pad work and even musical elements to keep things interesting but completing the 3,000 moves in each one hour session was always going to be tough.
"The students put in an enormous amount of effort during this event, even the young children, it was very inspiring to see." 
Other UKA clubs also took part in this week's charity fundraising event, including those in Hertfordshire and London. 
For more about UKA Karate and the fundraising event visit www.ukakarate.co.uk


HOCKEY: Avon House wins tournament


12.58pm - 28th February 2014

AVON House School was celebrating after winning the Redbridge Mini Games Hockey Tournament after a nail-biting final against local rivals Bancroft's. 
Locked at 0-0 at the end of normal time the result hinged on a penalty shoot-out in which Avon House goalkeeper George Ratcliff performed heroically. 
Bancroft's were unable to score a single penalty against him and meaning Ben Myers' converted stroke was enough to clinch the title. 
George had earlier kept Avon House in the game by saving a barrage of shots as Bancroft's piled on the pressure so it was only fitting that he would have his moment of glory in the shoot-out that followed. 
Prior to this George had enjoyed a quiet afternoon as Avon House won their group without conceding a goal and then beat fellow group winners Parkhill and Churchfields in the quarter and semi-finals respectively.
After a scrappy start the team improved its patterns of play significantly in the final stages of the tournament and every player made a significant contribution to an exciting success. 
Team members: Hugo Briggs-Rocco (captain), George Ratcliff, Ben Myers, Ben Obobi, Nicole Alves, Jannesha Cunniah, Dilan Najran, Eesa Farooqui, Aadam Sheikh, Maxwell Wilkes and Sophia Arguc.


FOOTBALL: Chigwell School Under-13s reach cup final


12.25pm - 11th February 2014

CHIGWELL School's under-13 football team have secured a place in the INVESTEC Independent Schools FA U13 cup final after a narrow 1-0 victory against Shrewsbury House School from Kingston. 
Chigwell School's head of football and PE department Creag Lawrence praised the Chigwell groundstaff for ensuring the pitch was playable after the postponement of the match two days earlier. 
Both teams started quickly and it was Shrewsbury House who had two good chances but were denied by two outstanding saves from Chigwell goalkeeper Alex Barnes.
Both sides compacted the midfield and chances in the first half were few and far between. 
The second half kicked off in very dark conditions after a band of rain swept overhead.
Shrewsbury House should have scored when they had two chances but could only hit the side netting. 
And it was clear towards the end that only one goal would separate the teams.
Chigwell struck with five minutes remaining. Tommy Redhead, after some good combination play, put the ball wide to Devak Rattan who put in a superb cross for Tommy to poke home before the onrushing goalkeeper. 
Shrewsbury House pushed forward in the final minutes and had a good spell of pressure but the Chigwell defence held firm with Jake David outstanding throughout the match. 
Mr Lawrence said: "Credit must go to both teams who tried to play some good passing football in somewhat difficult conditions." 
Chigwell, who were national IAPS sixes runners-up this season will play Whitgift School from Croydon at Burton Albion FC on Thursday, March 20 (1.15pm kick off).
This is the third national final in two years for Chigwell after the U16s team won the ISFA Shield last year. 
The U11 team go to St George's Park in April to compete in the national ISFA finals.


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