New Hall students are able to develop their team spirit and physical development through our rich programme of sporting opportunities. Under the guidance of expert coaches, including former international sportsmen and women, New Hall balances first-class training for those with particular sporting talents, with an inclusive ‘sport for all’ approach.
Our elite sportsmen and women compete at county, regional and national levels, at which they have enjoyed individual and team success.
Our facilities (including a national standard athletics track, floodlit Astroturf pitch, fitness suite, 10 floodlit tennis and netball courts, cricket and rugby pitches and a 25-metre indoor swimming pool) set us apart and the rich variety of sports on offer include rugby, hockey, netball, cricket, swimming, athletics, golf, skiing and tennis.
Directors of Girls' and Boys' Sport
Mr Glenn Kirkham, Director of Girls' Sport
Mr Kirkham joined New Hall School in September 2014 from The Perse School in Cambridge where he was Assistant Director of Sport and Head of Hockey. Mr Kirkham coached the boys hockey team there to win four national indoor hockey titles, the U16 girls outdoor hockey team to the national finals in 2013 and teams across the rest of the school who regularly competed in regional finals.
Mr Kirkham played senior international hockey for England and Great Britain from 2003-2012, making 223 appearances, scoring 15 goals and captaining the teams on over 50 occasions. He competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics (finishing 5th) and the 2012 London Olympics (finishing 4th) as Vice Captain on both occasions. He has also competed in the Commonwealth Games twice (2006 and 2010), World Cup twice (2006 and 2010) and European Championships four times.
He currently plays for East Grinstead Hockey Club in the National Premier League and is Director of Coaching at Chelmsford Hockey Club. Mr Kirkham is married with two young children.
Mr Owen Cobbe, Director of Boys' Sport
Mr Cobbe joined New Hall School in September 2014. He was previously Head of Rugby at Portsmouth Grammar School, Director of Rugby at Abingdon School and Head of Sixth Form at Mount St, St Mary's College.
Mr Cobbe played international rugby for Ireland at U18, U21 and U25 level. He also played for London Irish 1st XV (1991-1996), where he was coached by Sir Clive Woodward, and Connacht Rugby (1996-1998). He was also previously Director of Wanderers Rugby Football Club.
Mr Cobbe has three children who all attend New Hall Preparatory School.