SCHOOL SPORTS: Netball and football
23rd September 2016
CHIGWELL School hosted the annual
Under-11 primary schools’ netball and football
festivals with Chigwell's A team victorious in
the netball tournament.
The netball festival involved 16 schools from
the local area with all teams enjoying six
matches in the morning.
PE teacher Sheila Bint, who ran the festival,
said: "The festival gave the girls a
wonderful opportunity to get a morning of
intensive play at the very start of the season,
hopefully creating high levels of enthusiasm for
the girls, their coaches and the spectators for
the coming season."
The Under-11 football festival featured 21 teams
from local primary schools.
Teams were placed in three pools of seven teams
and played six friendly matches against the
other schools in their group.
Chigwell School's Head of Football Andrew Bruce,
who organized the festival, said: "The
quality of football played was excellent and it
was great to see all the players expressing
themselves in a relaxed and enjoyable
"A big thank you to all the schools that
took part and everyone who worked hard behind
the scenes to make the event such a
CRICKET: Epping Foresters batsman
hits six sixes in a over
21st August 2016
EPPING Foresters Cricket Club opening
batsman Andrew French hit six sixes in an over
in a recent record-breaking 40-over club
Andrew, 25, smashed 193 from 110 balls in the
local derby friendly match when Epping Foresters
hosted Epping Cricket Club at Mill Plain last
After sharing in an opening partnership of 165
with his father, Peter - of which Peter made
just 38 - Andrew went on to hit a career best
193 before he was bowled.
His innings included six sixes in one over - a
feat which had never previously been achieved by
an Epping Foresters player.
Andrew's innings included 12 sixes and 23 fours
and helped Epping Foresters reach 312 for 6 in
their 40 overs. Andrew's innings was just seven
runs short of the club record for the highest
individual score which is held by Stuart Turner
who hit 200 at Birchanger in the 1960s.
Turner went on to be a successful all-rounder
Epping Cricket Club joined in the spirit of the
day with their run chase and scored at ten runs
an over - and needed 100 from the last 17 overs
before Epping Foresters ended up victors by 60
Andrew, who attended Chipping Ongar Primary
School and Anglo European School in Ingatestone,
said: "Every batsman dreams of hitting six
sixes. I played each ball as it came. On the
fifth six I realised I may be gaining a record;
I hit it into the same place."
He added: "Everything came together. It was
an enjoyable afternoon against good opposition.
It was great getting the ton with my dad who has
coached me over the years."
Andrew's father, Peter, who has been with Epping
Foresters since 1969, said: "It was every
aging cricketing father's dream - batting with
your son watching him get a big hundred. He was
He added: "We almost ran out of balls! Lots
of balls were lost in the forest. It was a great
day's cricket played in the right spirit by both
Andrew has just graduated from Aston University
and is now looking for a role in underwriting in
ATHLETICS: Students win nine medals
at TKAT Games
2.31pm - 4th
ATHLETES at King Harold Academy, Waltham
Abbey, picked up nine medals - including three
gold - when they took part in the first TKAT
(The Kemnal Academic Trust) Games.
Seventy-three students across years 7 to 10
competed in a range of field and track events at
Crystal Palace Athletics stadium.
The games, which had an opening ceremony
involving 12 King Harold students, featured 25
Year 10 students Adam Freeman and Elsie Stojic
proudly held the King Harold Academy flag high
during the parade. King Harold also provided the
music in the form of a 42-piece samba
Gold medal winners - Teddy Hall (Year 7)
200m; Billy Williams (Year 8) Shot; Jacob Tooley
(Year 9) High Jump.
Silver medal winners - Paris Colgate
(Year 7) 200m.
Bronze medal winners - Albert Ball (Year
9) 100m; Deniel Walker (Year 10) 200m; Jack
Whitten (Year 10) Shot; Mia Opinel (Year 7)
100m; Paris Colgate, Bayley Paul, Mia Opinel,
Maddison Haythorn, Millie Foy (Year 7) Relay.
CHARITY: Students take part in
20th June 2016
YEAR 7 students at Debden Park High
School, Loughton, took part in a sponsored 5km
run to raise money for Skillforce and Cancer
The event was a part of the Skillforce programme
that 12 students are taking part in.
The programme involves developing lifelong
skills to aid them through various challenges of
Activities have included a BMX workshop, First
Aid course and navigation course along with
organising the 5km run.
KS3 Progress Co-ordinator Merys Rees said:
"The students were dedicated, enthusiastic
and motivated during the run and their passion
towards both causes were clearly seen.
"It was fantastic to see every Year 7
student taking part, working together and
celebrating their success as a year
Each student received a medal and
The final amount raised will be known later this
RUGBY: Girls unbeaten in tag rugby
19th June 2016
YEAR 7 and Year 8 girls at West Hatch
High School combined to form a formidable team
which was undefeated in the Barking Tag Rugby
competition organised by the RFU.
The girls' results included 7-1 and 5-0
Maddie Fitch, who plays for Eton Rugby Club,
scored seven tries while her sister, Amy - who
is also with Eton - scored four tries.
The Year 7s also showed their worth as Isobel
Smith scored three tries against schools such as
Sydney Russell and Jo Richardson.
This was the first time the year groups had
played together as a team and they gelled
Lily Wagstaff captained the team on the day and
showed great leadership skills helping the Year
7s and organising the team.
Kiera Carroll and Jodie Verghese were triumphant
in moving the ball forward drawing the
Regular training attendees Tilly Mae Kent and
Faye Plunger (Year 7) held their own, making
crucial tags and supporting the girls.
Making her first appearance, Maya Matias kept
West Hatch in the game at one point with her
rapid speed to stop the opposition scoring at
the last minute.
Each girl played their part and they really
Head of PE Coralie Reid said: "I stepped in
to take the girls as Miss Dawkes (their coach)
"It was a pleasure to see how well they
played, and always nice to see West Hatch
completely dominate in any sport."
FOOTBALL: School's Arsenal star
supports charity match
23rd May 2016
A GROUP of former students who left
Davenant Foundation School in 2010 continue to
raise money in memory of their friend Peter
Cross who died of leukaemia, aged 20.
A special football match was organised on
Saturday between the school’s 1st XI and their
2010 counterparts organised and managed by ex-Davenant
student and Arsenal player Carl Jenkinson.
He and his friends pulled together their squad,
publicised the match and have so far raised over
£1,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The result of an entertaining match was a 3-1
victory for the Old Boys. The Davenant team
represented themselves well and impressed Carl
and his friends.
Headteacher Chris Seward was pleased to give his
permission for the match. He said: “Carl and
his friends came to see me and asked if they
could have a game in memory of Peter Cross. They
have such great memories of their school days
and, in particular, of Peter and it was a
pleasure to allow the event to
The former students will continue to remember
Peter and hope to have another game in his
memory in the years ahead.
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FOOTBALL: Goalkeeper receives
18th May 2016
YEAR 11 West Hatch High School student
Charlie Freeman was awarded the best goalkeeper
award when he played for Tottenham Hotspur's
Under-16s in the two-day Geneva Cup.
The Spurs side played matches against Ajax
Amsterdam, FC Servette and FC Mayern as well as
Champions League finalists Athletico
Charlie kept one clean sheet as his side drew
0-0 with Athletico but fared well in all others
drawing 1-1 with Ajax, beating FC Mayern twice
(5-1 and 3-2) but lost to Swiss outfit FC
England representative Charlie, who has already
secured a scholarship for next year and will
join Tottenham on a full-time basis, was also
recognised as the best goalkeeper in the
He said: "The tournament was a fantastic
experience and to win the goalkeeper’s award
was even better.
"I am looking forward to next season
already, once my GCSEs are out of the way."
SCHOOL SPORTS: Students get chance
to try new sports
18th May 2016
A GROUP of King Harold Academy students
attended a sports event at Debden Park High
School when they could learn archery, judo and
PE teacher Luke Andrew said: "This was a
great opportunity for students to learn about
different sports from the curriculum, some of
which they were participating in for the first
"They received coaching from experts who
made the events very enjoyable for the
Students from Debden Park, Roding Valley,
Davenant and West Hatch were also involved in
KARTING: School team reaches
16th May 2016
DEBDEN Park High School's Karting Team
have reached the final of the British Schools
Karting Championships after success in the
regional heat at Buckmore Park, Kent.
The team - sponsored by Super Green Racing,
Duncan Phillips, Waltham Abbey, and the school's
PTA - will race in the final at Whitton Mill,
Northampton, on July 9.
The Debden Park teams were placed first and
third out of 18 teams.
The star of the day was Luke Zabbar who was
placed first in both races.
Anthony Hughes, Director of Year 7, 8 and
Transition at Debden Park High School, said:
"It was a great day for all concerned. The
boys were fantastic in all races and gained on
average five positions above their starting spot
on all races.
"The students had been working hard for
this day and attended only three practice
sessions at the track to prepare themselves for
the track and the challenges it has to
He added: "The simple aim we gave the boys
was to maintain their position on the track at
each race and improve it if they could. We got
far more than we asked for. They were
"Mr Blythe (Leon Blythe, Director of Year
10 and PE teacher) and I could not ask for more
from the students. They maintained the pace in
each race, ensured they followed the rules so
they wouldn't be penalised in any way and the
strategy paid off."
Debden Park High School and the parents are
grateful for all the support and sponsorship
that Howard Green, Duncan Phillips and Super
Green Racing have given to the students.
Racer Ben Green coached the boys one evening to
ensure they understood how to read any track
they are faced with.
The Super Green Racing Team was on Sun Street in
Waltham Abbey for the 'Keep it Local' May Day
Fair which attracted great interest from
youngsters wanting to learn to kart and see the
progress of a driver from karting to cars.
The Debden Park High School team members
Supergreen A - Robbie Davidson, Jordan Ismail
and Archie Lapidge.
Supergreen B - Luke Zabbar, Craig Kitts and
SWIMMING: Success for Chigwell
11th May 2016
Swimmers at Chigwell School competed in
the IAPS (Independent Association of Prep
Schools) National Swimming Finals at the K2
Centre in Crawley.
All the swimmers had already progressed through
a qualifying round. Isabel Iley won the national
title for her age group clocking 15:21 secs in
the 25m butterfly while Alexandra Bibby
(29.85secs), took silver in the 50m final.
Jack Cushway achieved a personal best of
31.95secs in the 50m freestyle finishing tenth
missing a place in the final by 0.70 sec.
* Emily Iley won the 50m backstroke, 50m
freestyle, 100m butterfly and 200m backstroke
and was second in the 200m butterfly, achieving
personal best times in all events, at the London
Regionals at Crystal Palace.
She has now qualified for the National
Championships later this summer.
FOOTBALL: West Hatch crowned county
5th May 2016
WEST Hatch High School's 1st XI football
team have been crowned Under-19 Essex Schools
Cup winners after a 4-3 final victory over
Southend High School for Boys.
The Chigwell school went one better than a year
ago when the same school beat West Hatch in the
This year's final was held at Dagenham &
West Hatch's goals were scored by Eren Muti,
Ronnie Smurthwaite (penalty) as the side were
2-1 up at half-time.
Southend levelled the tie three minutes into the
second half before Eren Muti netted his second
of the match to give West Hatch the lead.
Cam Ovel made it 4-2 with 15 minutes left but
Southend scored again - after Erin Muti was
shown a second yellow card - to make it a nervy
last few minutes for the ten men of West
Head of PE Coralie Reid said: ‘’Big
congratulations to captain Ronnie Smurthwaite,
the players, assistant Mr Howell and Mr Hoy who,
now in his tenth year at the school, has won his
first ever football Essex Cup as a teacher (his
fourth as player and teacher for West Hatch) and
emulates his father, Mr Hoy Senior, who won the
trophy three times in a row in the
She added: "Also a massive thank you to all
parents and staff who watched and supported the
boys, I know it was very much appreciated and to
Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club for a
super venue and hospitality."
MARATHON: Polar bear sets world
27th April 2016
THE wife of the headmaster of Chigwell
School has run herself into the record books by
breaking the record for the fastest marathon by
a runner dressed in a full-body animal costume.
Gill Punt, 45, who lives and works at Chigwell
School, broke the Guinness World Record dressed
as a polar bear, which is one of the mascots for
Cancer Research UK.
The previous Guinness World Record was 4 hrs
30mins which Gill beat by nine minutes to set a
new record of 4 hrs 21 mins.
Gill said that having the added challenge of
running as a polar bear and attempting a
Guinness World Record gave a massive boost to
the fundraising endeavours.
She added that within the Chigwell School
community a number of pupils, close friends and
colleagues have experienced cancer and the
fundraising is a way of helping to beat Cancer
Gill organised more than 100 parents, staff and
Old Chigwellians to run the Royal Parks Half
Marathon last October - when the team raised
£93,000 for Cancer Research UK.
The grand total raised to date is
To make a donation to help Cancer Research UK
MARATHON: PE teacher raises over
25th April 2016
WEST Hatch High School PE teacher Lizzie
Edwards is set to raise over £3,000 for the
Barnardo's charity after completing the London
Marathon in 4 hours 2 minutes.
Lizzie said: "It was a great experience but
very tough for the last few miles where I had to
push my body to its absolute limit.
"The crowd were amazing and so was the
atmosphere and that helped me through. "My
target was 4 hours so I am pleased with what I
To add your support visit https://www.justgiving.com/Elizabeth-Edwards9/
NETBALL: Triple success for Debden
25th March 2016
FOR the first time in Debden Park High
School's history, three of the school's netball
teams have won their West Essex District
The Year 8, Year 9 and Under-16s teams have all
won their leagues and go through to the
play-offs against the Harlow schools.
Building on the success of the Year 9 team
winning their league last year, the now Under-16
team, which secured a sponsorship deal earlier
in the year with Gillard Building contractors,
are thrilled to have won again and be going
through for the second time.
Head of PE Jen Perry said: “We cannot express
the dedication and commitment we have seen from
all of our netballers and the standard that has
been reached by them.
"In numerous matches our students have
played exceptionally well, maintaining a high
"This is a fantastic achievement and the
netballers are an absolute credit to our
NETBALL: West Hatch team crowned
24th March 2016
WEST Hatch High School's Year 7 netball
team have been crowned district champions after
a comprehensive 23-9 victory over top Harlow
school St Marks.
The girls - who recently reached the quarter
finals of the Essex Cup - won the West Essex
league on Monday after victories over Davenant,
Debden Park and Roding Valley.
They went on to represent West Essex in the
District trophy against the winning Harlow
District school, St Marks, yesterday
Head of PE and Year 7 coach Coralie Reid said:
"The girls outplayed their rivals from the
start and showed exceptional skill and
determination from the first whistle all the way
to the end.
"It is an excellent way to finish the
netball season. The girls have been fantastic
from day one and I am looking forward to seeing
what they can do in the forthcoming athletics
SCHOOL SPORTS: Hundreds benefit
from Sports Partnership
23rd March 2016
HUNDREDS of children across the Epping
Forest district are getting into sport through
the work of the West Essex Schools Sports
Partnership spearheaded by two Davenant
Foundation School-based teachers.
Marcus Cattell is the Partnership’s School
Games Organiser who works with the 33 primary
and infants schools and district’s six
secondary schools which make up the
Already since last September some 4,000
participants have taken part in the Partnership’s
sports events across Epping Forest.
A Key Stage 1 event was recently held for
primary and secondary school students with
various sprint races, jumping events and relay
and obstacle races at King Harold Academy.
Secondary school students - as sports leaders -
are also involved in the events by helping with
the staging of competitions.
Highlighting the benefits of the Partnership, Mr
Cattell said: “It gives the students the
opportunity to compete for their schools against
"A lot of the funding comes from the
Department of Health and helps with our work to
help reduce obesity among children.”
He added: “The kids enjoy the opportunity to
compete and it also shows them how to develop a
“They can work in teams learning how to win or
"A few of the events are individual and
teaches them how they can win on their own,
respecting the opposition and the officials and
it also teaches them the core values which I
really stress - team work, respect, enjoyment,
discipline and sportsmanship.
“The kids get to meet each other, and it is
good for their transition from primary school to
The Partnership also involves special needs
children who are the focus of Gill Newlyn, the
Youth Sports Trust’s lead inclusion co-ordinator
who is also based at Davenant Foundation
She said: “For some of the children sometimes
coming to an event is the first time they have
been selected to represent their school.
“It gives them the opportunity to realise that
sport should be fully inclusive.”
CRICKET: New season rolls in at
19th March 2016
A NEW ride-on roller has arrived at
Jubilee Park to begin preparing the cricket
square for the forthcoming season.
This year Jubilee Park will host matches for
both Ongar Cricket Club, who will play on
Saturdays, and the National Cricket League which
will host matches on Sundays.
The town council is grateful for a grant from
Essex County Council which paid for the
end-of-year preparation of the cricket
The roller, which is being hired for the coming
season, is being used and driven by CRS
Pitchcare, the contractor selected by Ongar Town
Council to provide on-going maintenance and
improvements to the cricket square.
Jubilee Park manager Angus McKenzie said: “This
will be a great asset to Jubilee Park and for
cricket in Ongar in particular. I am looking
forward to the return of Ongar Cricket Club to
the venue and to host matches for the National
Cricket League. This means that cricket will be
played on both Saturdays and Sundays during the
"We would welcome any local cricket lovers
to come and watch the matches.”
The National Cricket League is also interested
in developing local coaching for younger members
FOOTBALL: Girls' football festivals
16th March 2016
THE King Harold Academy’s Year 7 girls
football team attended a football festival at
Passmores Academy, Harlow.
The festival - involving King Harold Academy,
Epping St John’s, Davenant Foundation,
Stewards Academy and Passmores Academy -
provided the 11 and 12-year-olds with the
opportunity to experience different styles of
Students enjoyed Futsal, Mash-Up Games,
Soccercise and small-sided football.
More than 50 King Harold Academy girls also took
part in a tournament at Epping St John's School
with the Year 7 and 9 students placed second
King Harold Academy PE teacher Elena Clark said:
“Our students had a great time. They learnt a
range of new football skills and enjoyed mixing
with students from other schools.
"It’s great to see girls' football being
pushed forward in the local area.”
RUGBY: Two Davenant teams reach
county cup finals
5.40pm - 8th March 2016
TWO Davenant Foundation School rugby
teams are through to the final of the Essex
Both the Year 8 (Under-13s) and Year 9
(Under-14s) teams went unbeaten in their five
group matches - beating some of the top rugby
schools in Essex - to reach the final at May and
Baker Rugby Club in Dagenham on March 20.
1st team and Year 9 coach Marcus Cattell says
the achievement of the boys shows just how well
rugby has developed at Davenant in recent years.
“The fact that we are now in two of the county
finals just shows the strides we are making.
“The other teams and schools now know us. We
are becoming well known on the county circuit
and our fixture card is getting stronger as a
ATHLETICS: Year 8 girls reach
8.39am - 8th March 2016
THE Year 8 girls indoor athletics team at
Debden Park High School is into the county final
for a third successive year after winning the
Debden Park hosted the district indoor athletics
competition, which was run by the school's
sports leaders, on Friday (March 4).
Teams of boys and girls from Year 7 and Year 8
competed in track and field events in a bid to
secure a trip to the county event.
The Year 8 girls won their competition with the
Year 8 boys narrowly missing out on a final
Head of PE Jen Perry said "All our students
were fantastic and we are very proud of the Year
"This will be the third time in a row we
have got to the county finals and we look
forward to the girls representing us in Southend
on March 18."
RUGBY: Victory for Ongar Under-12s
7th March 2016
ONGAR Under-12s recorded an 8-2 victory
over Wanstead at Ongar Leisure Centre on
Ongar loaned the visitors two players but were
not as generous during the match.
Despite going behind, Ongar pressed on with
Mattie Cranwell and Max Iliffe making some
brilliant running lines and throwing off some
dummy passes to slice through defenders to
Archie van Klink had his best game at scrum-half
since Christmas and was constantly in referee’s
Phillip Cranwell’s ear about playing quick
ball and taking quick taps at opposition
Along with Ben Terrington at fly-half, they were
both pivotal in keeping the game moving at
Teddy Surety had another good performance making
it three on the trot.
With upcoming festivals at Thurrock and Wanstead,
Ongar are building at the right time. Man of the
Match was Oscar Smyth who performed very well in
both an Ongar shirt and a Wanstead shirt.
Ongar's try scorers were Mattie Cranwell (4),
Max Iliffe (1) Jake Peeters (1) Teddy Surety (1)
and Ben Terrington (1).
LOUGHTON: School reaches next stage
8.16am - 7th
DEBDEN Park High School is on course to
retain its title as British School's Karting
champions for the third successive year
following success at the regional heat at
Brentwood Karting Circuit.
The school has entered three teams with the
support of Supergreen Racing and its managing
director Howard Green and Debden Park High
School’s PTA. Howard and his team provide
training and funding for the nine students to
develop their skills.
The PTA supported the students with funding to
enter the competition.
The Willingale Road school celebrated joint
first place with Archie Lapidge, Jordan Ismail
and Lochlan Bearman managing 107 points.
Craig Kitts, James Struckmyer and Luke Zabbar
were ranked third with 106 points with both
teams progressing to the next stage of the
competition at Buckmore Park in Kent.
The third team - featuring Year 8 boys Adam
MacDonnell, Robbie Davidson and Ryan Massey -
came ninth with 67 points.
CHIGWELL: Netball team into cup
24th February 2016
WEST Hatch High School’s Year 7 netball
team are into the quarter-finals of the Essex
Cup (‘A’ competition) after extending their
unbeaten run to six matches with an 18-1 victory
PE teacher Coralie Reid said: “The girls
dominated the game with many players playing out
of position to make it more of a challenge for
The player of the match, voted by the opposing
team, was Gabriella Dada, who received the
accolade for the eighth time in all competitions
The girls now face a trip to Westcliff High
School for Girls in the last eight of the
competition on Thursday, March 3.