Hockey is the major sport for girls in the Michaelmas Term and an option for boys in the Lent Term. The sport is led in the school by Glenn Kirkham, a former England and Great Britain international who competed in the Beijing and London Olympics.
New Hall has an all-weather AstroTurf pitch with plans for a second pitch to be laid in the near future. Our facilities also include a Sports Hall to develop indoor hockey and holds the Essex Schools Indoor Championships.
Fixtures and Competitions
Fixtures take place during midweek games sessions and on Saturdays with a comprehensive fixture list for all age groups and abilities throughout the Michaelmas term for girls and the Lent term for boys. We aim to ensure each team has a challenging fixture programme that will allow pupils to compete against some of the best teams in the area. Block fixtures are played regularly against schools such as Bancroft’s, Felsted, Forest, Haileybury, Ipswich High, and RHS Holbrook.
Teams are entered in to the National Schools Outdoor Competitions at U13VII, U14XI, U16XI and U18XI level, as well as the National Schools Indoor Competitions at U16 and U18 level.
At the end of each year a Staff v Students charity match takes place to raise money for the Helen Rollason Cancer Care Unit.
A touring programme is set for girls’ hockey for all age groups throughout the school. There is an annual three day UK tour for Year 7 girls which has previously travelled to Norfolk and Kent. In Year 9 and 10 there is an opportunity to travel every other year on a 5 day tour within Europe, the next being in February 2016 teams will travel to Holland. A long haul tour is scheduled every three years for pupils in Year 11,12 & 13, with the last being a combined hockey and netball tour to South Africa in July 2016.
Academy sessions are run through the Lent and Trinity terms for our top achieving pupils within the sport. The idea of the academy is to provide not only extra hockey training but also develop pupils as athletes looking at strength and conditioning, nutrition and the mental aspects of elite competition. These pupils are encouraged to attend assessments for the England Hockey Single System and are supported along this pathway.
Former pupil, Kate Maxey, is the most decorated New Hall hockey player in recent years having represented England U16 and U18’s and moving on to Loughborough University as part of the High Performance Centre.
Last season, 17 pupils across the school represented Essex at various age groups with two being selected for the Hi-PAC level of the England Hockey Single System.