Sport at Littlegarth

Sport has a prominent position in the life of the school and we are fortunate to have excellent facilities to allow the children to enjoy a variety of activities. The Sports Hall was completed in 2006 and incorporates badminton, basketball, tennis and netball courts, as well as two lanes of cricket nets. We have rugby, soccer and hockey pitches on our games field; a floodlit all-weather surface allows for multi-sport practices. All year groups, from Reception to Year 6, are taught by P.E. specialists. Pre-Prep children are taught a variety of games skills, gymnastics and swimming. From Year 3 onwards, team sports become a central focus, with regular fixtures beginning in Year 4. We endeavour to give every child the opportunity to represent the school in a match each term.

Match Reports – Week Beginning 29th January, 2018

The sporting success continues

This week we saw continued success for Littlegarth sport teams both at a local level and in Regional ISA competitions.

National Under 11 Football finalists!

A trip to Stoke College for our Under 11 football teams marked the start of the annual Eastern Regional ISA football competition.  In all there were 22 teams competing and as in previous years, Littlegarth entered two teams to take on the best our region.  Although the two squads were not at full strength, both teams did the school proud in their determination, attitude and approach to a highly competitive tournament. Under 11 “A”: The Under 11 “A” team made an impressive start, playing their way into the quarter finals, by topping their group in an impressive unbeaten run.  Here they faced Ursuline, in a very open encounter.  Three quick goals from Littlegarth saw the team progress into the semi-finals and a guaranteed top four finish.   This is significant, as a top four finish guarantees qualification into the National finals! The team now found themselves up against a very impressive Alleyn Court. Like us, they too had topped their respective group and were unbeaten.  In a very intense and close contest led to a 0-0 score at the end of normal time.  This led to extra time which soon became penalties.   With nothing between the two teams after everyone had taken a penalty, the match quickly moved to sudden death penalties!  Throughout, goal keeper Tom Morovic made some impressive saves but ultimately a saved shot from the Alleyn Court goalkeeper sent the boys into a third and fourth playoff against Finbrough.   In what was a very one sided match, the team put three goals past Finbrough to finish third in the Eastern Region and a National final to look forward to.  Under 11 “B”:  The “B” team had a tough start to their day, facing Alleyn Court in their opening group match.  A 4-0 defeat was hard to take but the result seemed to rally the boys into action and from then on they played like a different team.  A win, draw and a 1-0 loss in games two, three and four ended in a 1-0 win against the hosts, Stoke College in game five.  This result ended their chances of making the knockout stages by one goal, as they needed to score two or more to progress.  To end their day, the boys played a friendly against a St Margaret’s.  They had saved their best football until last, winning the game 5-1!   With four goals from Josh Connor, the boys ended the day on a high and should be proud of their achievements.

ISA Under 11  Netball.

On Wednesday our U11A Netball team travelled to Alleyn Court in Southend for the ISA Regional Netball Tournament.  With 11 schools competing, Littlegarth won 4 of their 5 pool games to progress to the knockout stages.  Littlegarth met Brentwood Ursuline in the semi – final. Although the girls played their best netball to date, they lost the match.  This set up a 3rd and 4th playoff against the hosts Alleyn Court.  The top 3 schools of the Regional tournament would qualify for the ISA National Netball finals.  In a nail biting deciding game, at full time the score was tied at 5-5.  This sent the match into extra time.  Alleyn Court scored first to make the score 6-5.   Littlegarth responded to make the score 6-6 with approximately 20 seconds of extra time left.   Alleyn Court moved the ball down the court with speed and in the last second of the game, scored to make the final score 7-6.  Littlegarth missed out on the National finals by one goal but should be extremely proud of themselves.  They were a very determined, enthusiastic, hard-working and did the school proud.

Primary Partnership.

The school continues to work very closely with local primary schools to forge working partnerships.  The growing links in our community continued this week when Nayland Primary School joined us for a Under 9 Rugby “master class”.  Both Littlegarth and Nayland pupils enjoyed an afternoon of rugby development.  Mixing pupils together in practice and match situations, this was an opportunity to collaboratively work together to enhance the pupils understanding and enjoyment of the game.  With the six Nations starting this week, this was the perfect time to hopefully inspire the next generation of rugby stars.

Under 11 Football.

The football success continued on Wednesday afternoon when Colchester High School and Finbrough School joined us for an afternoon of football in a very exciting triangular competition.  Five teams from Littlegarth played a total of eight matches over the course of the afternoon.  From the start it was clear that the boys were putting all they had learned in lessons into practice.  Six wins out of eight marked a successful afternoon for all involved.

Team Result against Colchester High Result Against Finbrough
Under 11 A Win 4-1 Draw 1-1
Under 11 B Win 4-0 Win 2-0
Under 11 C Win 6-1 Win 4-0
Under 11 D Win 1-0
Under 11 E Loss 2-0


Under 11 Netball

Whilst our A team competed in the ISA competition, our B, C and D Netball teams travelled to Rushmere to play Ipswich Prep.  The girls had an inspired afternoon to win all three matches.  The B’s won 12-8, C’s won 4-2 and the D’s won 4-0.  It was a wonderful end to a fantastic afternoon of sport and once again left us feeling very proud of all our U11 teams.

Match Reports – Week Beginning 22nd January, 2018

ISA National Swimming Success:  Following on from becoming Regional Champions for the 11th consecutive year, pupils that won their races in the regional competition qualified for the National finals event at the Olympic Pool Stratford! An amazing experience for all was topped off with some fantastic results.  Harrison Brook came 2nd nationally in the 50m Breaststroke in a time of 53.17seconds.  This was followed by another Littlegarth pupil, Lyla Belshaw coming 3rd and medalling in the 50m girls Breaststroke.  In all six pupils competed from Littlegarth and did the school proud.   Congratulations to all!

ISA Regional Cross Country Success

On Friday, our cross country teams once again competed in the ISA Eastern Region Cross Country competition. Cross Country has a growing tradition at Littlegarth and this year our pupils once again performed very well.  In all, five of our pupils finished in the top ten and qualified for the National finals to be held at Rugby School in March.  Congratulations to Zac Troman, Lyla Belshaw, Megan Palmer, Oliver Martin and Henry Alexander will all represent the Eastern Region.  Fingers crossed for National success.  In the team event our year 3/4 boys came 1st out of 15 schools with the year 5/6 boys and 5/6 girls finishing 2nd respectively.

Match Reports – Week Beginning 15th January, 2018

A great start to 2018

This week saw the return of competitive sport after the Christmas break.  It was time to run off the mince pies and forget about the endless turkey sandwiches.  Both the Under 9 boys and Under10/11 boys took on St Joseph’s College in what has become an opening fixture in the past two terms.  Playing rugby and football respectively all the matches were very exciting and the results reflect, the continued progress our pupils are making.

Under 9 Rugby

Following a successful football season, Monday afternoon marked the start of the rugby season for our under 9’s.  In four very close and competitive matches the boys did themselves and the school proud.   Fantastic sportsmanship, skill and team work culminated in some very good results.  It should be an exciting and successful season ahead if the boys are able to build on their efforts from today.

Under 9 A (Draw 12-12)

Under 9 B (Win 8-5)

Under 9 C (Win 2-1)

Under 9 D (Win 8 -4)

Under 11 Football.

Moving from rugby to football this term, allows the boys to play in mixed year group teams for the first time in competitive matches.  This added factor made team selection even more competitive and allowed us to select five very strong teams to field against St Joseph’s.  A windy Wednesday afternoon did not allow for the “total football” we have come to expect from our teams, but we did see glimpses of what we hope will be the foundation of a successful season.

Under 11 A (Loss 2-1)

Under 11 B (Win 1-0)

Under 11 C (Win 5-0)

Under 11 D (Win 5-1)

Under 11 E (Loss 5-0)

Match Reports – Week Beginning 27th November, 2017

Final 2017 fixtures for the boys

This week was the final week of fixtures for our Under 9 football teams and Under 10/11 rugby teams.  The Under 9’s took part in our annual B team football tournament followed by a trip to St Margaret’s, whilst our U10/11 rugby players took on Framingham Prep followed by a local derby against Holmwood House.

Under 9 Football Tournament at Littlegarth

Following a successful “A” team tournament, it was the turn of our B and C teams.  In all, twelve teams took part in the event to include eight visiting schools.  There was a great festival atmosphere boasting highly competitive games with a good level of skill on show.  Our B team won their group and played themselves into the Cup competition.  As for the C’s, a second place in their qualifying group put them into the Shield.  In the final stages both did extremely well and I am pleased to announce the B’s finished 3rd overall and C’s second in the Shield event.

In our final match of 2017 the A, B and C teams took a trip to St Margaret’s, Gosfield. All the teams played extremely well in adverse weather conditions and marked the end of a strong season with three great results.

Under 9 A (Win 3-0)

Under 9 B (Win 5-0)

Under 9 C (Draw 3-3)

In non-tournament matches, this means that both our under 9 B and C teams have had unbeaten seasons!  Well done to all the boys this year and thank you for all the parental support.  The boys have earned a well-deserved rest and return in January for the start of the Rugby season.

Under 10 and 11 Rugby.

Under 10 A v Framlingham Prep (Win:  40-20): The under 10 A’s have made exceptional progress this year and once again displayed great skill in a strong team performance.  Many of our B team players worked their way into the A’s for this our final home game of the season and demonstrated the depth of skill in this talented year group.

Under 10 A v Holmwood House (Loss 25-20): This was the last game for the boys before the start of the football season.  In a stop start encounter, the boy’s normal game was disrupted.  Although disappointed to lose their first non-tournament match all season, eight wins out of nine is a mark of a highly successful season and is very exciting for next year!

Under 11 A v Framlingham Prep (Loss:  40-35): In an end to end match the boys narrowly missed out.  In truth, the team were slow to start and played some outstanding rugby to turn around a twenty point deficit at half time.

Under 11 A v Holmwood House (Win 40-0): This was the last match the boys will play for the school and arguably they saved their best performance to last.  Moving the ball out wide, strong tackles and a real desire to win, marked a fantastic end to what has been a great season.

Under 11 B v Framlingham Prep (Win:  40-20): The Under 11 B team were once again on top form.  Moving the ball to our wide men, the boys played flowing rugby.  Strong in the contact zone, the team played hard for each other, to earn a well-deserved win.

Under 11 B v Holmwood House (Draw 20-20): As with the “A” team this was the “B’”s last game for the school.  On reflection a draw was a fair result as both teams competed hard for the ball and played some exciting rugby.

Once again I would like to thank all the boys for their hard work this term, the parents for their continued support and lastly, a special thank you goes to Finn Kearney our Rugby Sports captain.  He has led by example and has been a big influence all season.  We turn our attention to football after the Christmas break and hope for continued sporting success.

Final 2017 fixtures for the girls

Wednesday saw our U11 hockey teams close the season with 4 matches against Finborough in freezing cold conditions. The girls knew it would be a tough afternoon in terms of competition and weather but they wrapped up warm and went out with their usual determination and fighting spirit.

The A team finished their afternoon with a 0-0 draw, the B’s won 2-0, the C’s lost 5-1 (with Littlegarth’s only goal being scored by Izzy Fatt in the final 4 seconds of the game) and the D’s won with an incredible score of 11-1!!

We would like to thank the girls for not only playing with such spirit in very difficult conditions, but also for playing so brilliantly throughout the season and we cannot wait for the Netball season to begin when we return to school in the New Year.

Match Reports – Week Beginning 13th November, 2017

Under 9 Littlegarth Football Tournament

On Monday Littlegarth hosted its first Under 9 football tournament of the year.  The tournament was for “A” teams and brought both independent and state schools together for this friendly but highly competitive competition.

Playing in groups and then qualifying for a Trophy, Plate or Bowl competition the Littlegarth team won their group in the initial stages and played themselves in the top Trophy league.  Here they would faced two of our closets geographical rivals, Holmwood House and Colchester High School.  Two draws for the High School set up a deciding match for us against Holmwood.  It was a very fast past game with end to end action.  Holmwood took the lead early on from a corner and hung onto their one goal advantage until the last minute.  A physical tackle in the area brought Stanley Kemp down and led to a Littlegarth penalty.  Stepping up Angus Strathern fired a shot that hit the cross bar and looked to cross the line.  However, like that infamous Frank Lampard “non-goal” against Germany, the referee adjudged the ball did not cross the line and the game ended one nil to Holmwood.

Next week we welcome 12 teams for our Under 9 B tournament and hope that the B’s can continue with their unbeaten season!

ISA East Anglian Swimming Champions!!

Swimming at Littlegarth has been strength for many years now and on Wednesday our swimming team once again travelled to the crown pools in Ipswich to compete in the ISA East Anglian swimming gala.  As reigning champions for the past ten years the pupils were clearly feeling the pressure to perform but very quickly got into their stride.  Individual event winners qualify for the National finals in the Olympic pool after Christmas and once again we are proud to announce Littlegarth will be represented on this stage.  The following pupils qualified for their events:

Year 4 Boys:

  • Harrison Brook ISA East Anglian 50m Breastroke champion.
  • Harrison Brook ISA East Anglian 50m Backstroke champion.

Year 5 Girls:

  • Lyla Belshaw ISA East Anglian 50m Breastroke champion.
  • Lyla Belshaw ISA East Anglian 50m Backstroke champion.

Year 6 Boys:

  • Zak Troman ISA East Anglian 50m Free style champion.

Year 6 Girls:

  • Emily Pettit ISA East Anglian 50m Breastroke champion.

The Littlegarth relay teams also did extremely well with three teams being crowned East Anglian ISA champions;

  • The Year 4 boys relay team: East Anglian ISA champions.
  • The Year 5 girls relay team: East Anglian ISA champions.
  • The Year 6 boys relay team: East Anglian ISA champions.

As a team the pupils did extremely well with many second and third place spots.  So what did this mean for the overall result?  The Year 4 and 5 Boys were regional champions for their age group and so too were the Year 5 and 6 girls. We are also pleased to announce that the Littlegarth School are regional swimming champions for overall boys and for the overall competition for the 11thconsecutive year!!!!

Match Reports – Week Beginning 30th October, 2017

Rugby, Rugby, Rugby

National Rugby success: This week was an incredible week for rugby at Littlegarth School.  The highlights were:

  • Host school for the very first ISA Under 10 National Rugby festival.
  • Littlegarth Under 10 “A” team third in the ISA National under 10 contact rugby festival.
  • Littlegarth Under 10 “B” team third in the ISA National under 10 touch rugby festival.
  • Littlegarth Under 11 ISA National Rugby Plate Champions.

Under 10 National final: This week Littlegarth hosted the very first Under 10 ISA National rugby festival.  The event saw fifteen schools travel from all over the country to take part in ether a contact or touch competition.   To make the event even more exciting numerous “master classes” were organised for competing teams as the festival aimed to not only allow pupils to play but to also develop their skills.  We were very privileged to have representatives from England, England touch rugby, Lions academy and even a few international players on hand to help educate the rugby stars of the future.  As host school we entered both competitions and both teams did very well.  In the contact competition the boys played some very exciting rugby and in a tense contest finished third.  In the touch competition things were much closer.  In the end the team again came out in third spot.

It was a great privilege for the school to host a National competition, to welcome such high profile guests and a great achievement for all the boys in Year 5 to have done so well.

Under 11 National final: Following last year’s National success the team were very keen to defend the schools title and come back from Bedford Athletic RFC with some silver wear.  The day started very early with expectations high.  Winning their first game against Gateway School comfortably the team looked on good form.  As things progressed in the group stages a late 2-1 defeat in our last game to a strong team from Queen Ethelburga’s Prep put us in the plate competition as we entered the knock out stage.  A victory against host school Rushmoor set up a final game against Crackley Hall.  Like us they had only lost one game and were playing some exciting rugby.  The game was end to end with resolute defending from both teams.  With the clock running down the score was 1-1 until a break away from Tom Bentley was finished off in the corner by Liam Climpson.

In other sports News : In other sports news the Under 9 football teams continue to impress and travelled to Woodbridge on Thursday to face the Abbey.  With three teams in action both the B and C teams continued their unbeaten season with 8-3 and 5-0 victories.  As for the A’s, they put in a strong performance but lost out 2-1.  Although disappointed with the score the team were very pleased with how they played and look in good form going into the first of two football tournaments the school is hosting over the next two weeks.

Match Reports – Week Beginning 25th September, 2017

After a successful first week of fixtures this week, the boys’ teams took on Finborough School in Football and Rugby and The Abbey in Rugby in our first home fixtures of the new season.

Under 9 Football

A Team: (2-2) Draw:  The team played some fantastic football, moving the ball with speed and accuracy.   In a very entertaining match it was a story of missed opportunities and although the boys recorded another draw, they are getting stronger and stronger with every minute played.

B /C Team: (3-1) Win:  It was always going to be hard to emulate last week’s ten nil victory but the boys once again put in a great team performance. Two goals from Seb Booth and a third from Oscar Bromley made it two wins from two.


Under 10A (35-5) Win v The Abbey AND (20-5) Win v Finborough: The team have adapted well to the introduction of scrums and rucks this year.   They have been working well together and are looking to play expansive and exciting rugby.   No one individual stood out but captain Harry Tucker must be pleased having recorded three wins from three.

Under 10B (40-30) Win v The Abbey: In this their first competitive match of the year the boys played some very exciting rugby.  They were unbeaten last year and based on today’s performance they seem to set for another successful season.

Under 11A (35-5) Win v The Abbey AND (15-0) Loss v Finborough:  Both under 11A games were extremely physical, with some excellent rugby on show from all.  Against the Abbey, the boys put in a great team performance.  Moving the ball well they looked strong both in attack and defence.  The Finborough match was a very close game and in truth could have gone either way.  Hard tackles and fast moving attacks from both teams made for a very entertaining match.  When asked about the game Joe Whittaker commented; “we look forward to a rematch at the National finals after half term”.

Under 11B (20-10) Loss v The Abbey AND (30-0) Loss v Finborough:  It was a tough afternoon for the under 11 B’s.  Although highly skilful, the boys were simply out muscled and were unable to match the physicality of both the Abbey and Finborough.  They are a talented bunch of boys and we are sure they will bounce back next week.



Match Reports – Week Beginning 18th September, 2017

This week saw the return of competitive inter-school matches for our senior pupils.  The boys opened with a trip to St Joseph’s, Ipswich for Under 9 football and Under 11/10 rugby.

Under 9 Football

  • A Team: (2-2) Draw:  In this very tight game the boys showed great potential for the season ahead. Going behind twice, two inspired changes resulted in honours being shared.  Firstly, substitute Stanley Kemp scored for Littlegarth with ten minutes to play.  A move from goalkeeper to centre midfield then saw Harrison Brook level the score to mark a great team performance all round.
  • B Team: (10-0) Win:  The boys made a great start to the season with an impressive first performance scoring ten goals in total.  Six goals from Seb Booth stands out, but the whole team performance was one to be proud of and sets the team up well for the games ahead.
  • C: Team: (4-0) Win:  Great movement and a great fighting spirit saw the C team record their first victory, in this their opening game.  Two from Theo Bond Roberts gave the boys a two goal cushion and allowed them to enjoy this, their first competitive match for the school.


  • Under 11A (30-10) Win:  Captained by Finn Kearney for the first time, the boys showed real potential.  Finn opened the scoring and led the team by example.  Strong in the contact zone and creative with the ball, the team won against a very physical St Joseph’s team.   Man of the match Nathan Karri stole ball after ball against the head and even went on to score a try from out wide………Watch this space for what could be a fantastic season.
  • Under 11B (30-25) Win:  Charlie Butcher put in a captains performance in this end to end contest.  A great team performance was finished off in the last play of the game.  Chasing down a St Joseph’s player who was sure to score, Charlie put in a match winning tackle.   The resulting spilt ball allowed Charles Condon to pick up and run almost the length of the pitch to score the winning try.
  • Under 10A (50-15) Win: Last year the Under 10 teams improved week on week. This year however they started with a bang scoring a flourish of tries.  Man of the match Archie Ball made some impressive tackles.

The girls also kicked off their competitive season this week with matches against both the Abbey and Holmwood House.

U11 A-D Hockey v’s The Abbey School

What a fantastic afternoon of hockey the girls had on Wednesday in their first Official fixture against The Abbey School.  Every team put in a fantastic performance and worked extremely hard to secure a good result.  At half time the A team were leading 2-0 but tiredness got the better of them in the closing minutes and The Abbey squeezed into the lead by 1 goal.  The B and D teams both had a great wins and finished their games 4-0 each.  The C team drew 1-1 – with Poppy Waugh saving a shot on goal with just 3 seconds to go which prevented Abbey from being victorious.

This really was an exciting afternoon of sport for our U11 hockey teams and we are looking forward to more exciting play throughout the coming season.

U9 A&B Netball v’s Holmwood House

I’m not sure two netball teams have ever been more excited than our teams were on their way to their first ever fixture against Holmwood House last Thursday.  It was a certainly a steep learning curve for the girls as they began to play.  They worked hard to understand where they were supposed to go, what they were supposed to do, learn a whole new set of rules and positions for each new quarter.  The A team had a cautious start to their match but went into the second quarter with new found energy and enthusiasm which continued throughout the game and allowed them to go on to win the match 8-6.

The B team were similarly cautious finding the frequent change of positions and change in direction quite challenging.  They listened well to instructions given from the side line and as a result, enjoyed a 3-3 draw against a tough opposition.  What a great start to the season for these U9’s and we are looking forward to seeing more exciting play from them in the coming weeks.