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KARTING: Debden Park are national
23rd July 2014
A TEAM from Debden Park High School has
won the 2014 British Schools Karting
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
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
"They understood that their academic
studies in this important GCSE year would not be
neglected. I am so proud of their well-deserved
Parent Sue Longshaw said: "The team
thoroughly deserved to win this national
championship as a mark of their commitment to
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,
SPORT IN THE PARK: Sports
activities this summer
13th July 2014
GET active and have fun by taking part in
free Sports in the Park in Ongar this
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,
or ring Judith Cook at Ongar Town Council on
01277 365348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FOOTBALL: Shooters Football hosting
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
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
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
For more details or to book a place ring01992
524393 or email email@example.com
FOOTBALL: School's charity match
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
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
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
CRICKET: West Hatch member of staff
umpires at Lord's
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
Mr Nicholls, a Head of House at the Chigwell
school, described the experience as "the
greatest thrill in his umpiring
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
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
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
Harrow who made 233 all out in their 55 overs,
and went on to win by 63 runs.
TAEKWONDO: Club secures 11 medals
MEMBERS of Epping/Stortford Taekwondo won
11 trophies at the TAGB Midlands Championships
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
Tyha won gold in Yellow Belt Heavyweight
sparring and silver in patterns while Michael
won silver in Men's Green Belt Middleweight
Matt returned with a gold in Patterns and silver
in Men's Welterweight Yellow Belt
Angie and Tyha also won silver in the team
sparring and Michael and Matt a bronze in team
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or ring Colin on 07540 834710. Website: http://www.eppingtkd.co.uk/
CRICKET: Jessie given chance to
shine at Lord's
8.04am - 6th
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
"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
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
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
FOOTBALL: Students receive county
7.52am - 3rd
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
Headteacher Paul Banks said: "The school is
incredibly proud of Conor and Harry's
achievements with the Essex County Football
"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
DEBDEN Park High School's Year 7 football
team have won the Harlow and West Essex Cup
The team beat Roding Valley High School 6-1 in
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
9.29am - 1st
CHIGWELL School student Joshua Banfield
recently enjoyed footballing success after
captaining the national Independent Schools FA
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
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
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
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
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
Chloe's ultimate hockey goal is be to be
selected to represent her country in the
* Fellow Bancroft's student Tirion Prole, also
in Year 11, represented Wales in three
international matches in Switzerland over
BOXING: Success for Epping student
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
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
Louis Horn PICTURE
NETBALL: Plate success for West
4.16pm - 7th
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
HOCKEY: Victory for Crostyx Ladies
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
11th March 2014
CHIGWELL School's Under-15 netball squad
have won the U15 Kelsall Independent Schools
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
The Chigwell girls needed to win their last
game, against Bancroft's, to win the
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
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
The referee for the final was Premier League
referee Howard Webb who met the boys before
The boys will be playing in the final of the
ISFA U13 cup at Burton Albion FC on Thursday,
HOCKEY: Junior Crostyx player
10th March 2014
A YOUNG Crostyx hockey player has been
awarded a hockey scholarship to Felsted
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
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
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 email@example.com
KARATE: Students support charity
3.44pm - 3rd
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
UKA clubs in Epping Forest chose Haven House
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
FOOTBALL: Chigwell School Under-13s
reach cup final
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
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
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
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
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
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.