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.

ISA National Swimming
On Saturday 1st December, four of our children travelled to the Olympic Pool, Stratford to compete in the ISA National Swimming Championships 2018. Harrison Brook (Year 5), Eesa Parker (Year 4), Georgia Clarke (Year 4) and Archie Tebbutt (Year 3) had all qualified at the ISA Regional Championships in October to swim for the East Anglian team. Harrison Brook competed in the Year 5 Breaststroke, Year 5 Backstroke and the Year 7 Medley Relay Team. Eesa Parker competed in the Year 4 Backstroke whilst Georgia Clarke competed in the Year 4 Freestyle Relay team. Archie Tebbutt competed in the Year 4 Individual Freestyle and the Year 4 Freestyle Relay Team. The hard working and determined approach by all 4 children certainly paid off and their results can be seen below:
Harrison Brook: 1st in Breaststroke
2nd in Backstroke
2nd in Medley Relay
Eesa Parker: 6th in Backstroke
Georgia Clarke: 6th in Freestyle Relay
Archie Tebbutt: 2nd in Freestyle Relay
3rd in Individual Freestyle

All 4 swimmers represented East Anglia and contributed to the outstanding final result of the ISA National Swimming Championships:
1st: London West
2nd: The North
3rd East Anglia
4th Midlands
5th London South
6th South West
7th London North

Congratulations to all 4 children and thank you for not only competing so well for Littlegarth but for East Anglia too.

Girls’ Match Report

What an amazing week our girls’ sports teams have had! On Monday, the U9 netball teams played against Finborough in an exciting fixture to finish off a successful season of matches. Both teams won convincingly and should be incredibly proud of all they have achieved since September – we certainly are.
U9 A 9-2 (win)
U9 B 10-3 (win)

Following on from this success, our U11 hockey teams also faced Finborough in an away fixture on Wednesday which was to be their last match of the season. The girls played back to back matches and offered incredible support to each other when waiting on the side lines.
All 4 teams played some fantastic hockey in very tricky conditions and achieved incredible results. This was the last ever hockey fixture for our Year 6 girls and we hope that they continue with this sport when they move on to their next school.
U11 A 5-0 (win)
U11 B 4-2 (loss)
U11 C 10-0 (win)
U11 D 5-0 (win)
Well done to everyone for playing so brilliantly this week and throughout the term. We will now be switching sports and so when we return after the Christmas break our U9’s will be playing hockey (gumshields and shinpads at the ready) and the U11’s will be back on the netball court.
We are looking forward to seeing what the new season brings!

Match Reports Week beginning 26/11/18
The End of a great Season!
This week our sports teams played their final matches of the term ending a highly successful season for all.
Under 9 Boys Football
It has been an incredible first competitive season for all our Under 9 boys’ football teams. They rose to the challenge put before them and should be very proud of their achievements. The terms highlights include:
• The Under 9 “A” team being crowned ISA National football champions and also winning our own annual Under 9 “A” football competition.
• The Under 9 “A” team completing an unbeaten season this week with a 0-0 draw against Finborough School.
• The Under 9 “B” team completing their own unbeaten season (excluding tournament matches) with a 5-1 win against Finborough School. Also finishing as runners up in our annual “B” team football tournament.
• The Under 9 “C” team completing another unbeaten season (excluding tournament matches) to draw with Finborough’s “B” team this week 1-1. Also finishing as runners up in the first Littlegarth “C” team football tournament.

Well done to all the boys and thank you for all the parental support. The boys have a well-deserved rest and we hope they repeat the success after Christmas when we start Rugby!
Under 11 and 10 Boys’ Rugby
All five of our senior boy’s rugby teams can reflect on a great rugby season. Over the past two years the game seems to have become faster and more physical at all levels and this is a challenge the boys have risen to in every match. Well done to all the boys and again a big thank you for all the parental support. A special thank you needs to go to Archie Ball our sports captain this term. He has been a role model both on and off the pitch and has led by example. The Under 11 A team which Archie leads finished their season at Finborough with a 35-10 win, to complete an unbeaten season excluding tournament matches.
After Christmas the ball becomes more circular as the football seasons kicks off with a clash against St Joseph’s College!

Hockey Match Report

On Thursday 22nd November our U11A Girls’ Hockey team travelled to Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre at the Olympic Park, London for the annual ISA Junior National Hockey Festival. This was a fantastic opportunity for our girls to play against many other teams from across the country.

Sixteen Schools took part in the Festival and came from as far as Bournemouth and Lancashire! The festival took the format of four schools in each of the four pools (A-D). Each team played a round-robin with the other schools in their pool. Our girls played Holme Grange School (1-0 to Holme Grange), Abercorn School (7-0 to Littlegarth) and Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate (0-0). This placed us second in our pool therefore moving into the “Cup” competition.

To qualify for the final of the cup, the girls had another three matches to play. Again, the next stage took a round robin format. Our girls played Malvern St James (1-0 to Littlegarth), Crackley Hall (3-0 to Littlegarth) and finally Lingfield (0-0). The girls’ tactical awareness and passing was fantastic and they really played well as a team. They finished 1st in the pool, taking them into the final. The girls’ played Cundall Manor School and worked exceptionally hard, determined to take home the gold! Throughout the 7 minute match, our girls took as many chances on goal as they could but could not quite secure that winning goal. Cundall Manor secured a breakthrough at around the 5 minute mark resulting in them scoring the only goal of the final. Despite this result, our girls were still so overjoyed to have successfully gained 2nd place in the ISA National Hockey Festival! The girls’ should be exceptionally proud of their efforts and determination throughout the season and in particular during this festival. They have been an absolute pleasure to teach and watch and we are very proud of them as a school.

Match Report 19/11/18
Littlegarth Under 9 Football
This week it was the turn of our “B” and “C” Under 9 football teams to compete in their annual competition. A great afternoon of sport saw both our teams progress to the final against two very strong Heathlands school teams. Both teams played some fantastic football and narrowly missed out on top spot to end in second place in their respective competitions.
B Competition results
Moreton Hall
St Margaret’s
Holmwood House

C Competition results
Morton Hall
Holmwood House
St Joseph’s
St Margaret’s

Under 10/11 Rugby v Framligham
On Wednesday afternoon all our Year 5 and 6 boys travelled to play Framlingham Prep. All the games were extremely close and ended with some fantastic results!
Under 11 A v Framlingham (Win) 15-10
Under 11 B v Framlingham (Win) 30-25
Under 10 A v Framlingham (Win) 30-10
Under 10 B v Framlingham (Win) 30-15
Under 10 C v Framlingham (Loss) 20-10

U11 Hockey – 7th November
The U11 Hockey teams travelled away to Ipswich High School on Wednesday 7th November to add another outstanding set of results to this seasons tally. The A and C teams played in cold and blustery conditions but the B and D teams took the brunt of the weather and played through some of the worst rain we have witnessed in Wednesday afternoon fixtures! We are so proud of the way the girls conducted themselves and played on despite the downpour! Well done everybody, fantastic achievements all round.
A 3-0 (win)
B 1-1(draw)
C 3-1 (win)
D 1-0 (win)

On Monday, our U9 Netball teams returned to Ipswich High but were treated to blue skies and sunshine for their matches. The afternoon was split into 2, with the first match being school v’s school and the second match being played as a coaching game with teams made up of girls from both schools. This was a great experience for all everybody and it was fantastic to see the Littlegarth players working alongside the Ipswich girls. A truly wonderful afternoon of sport with some brilliant results all round.
A 10-1 (win)
B 5-0 (win)
A mixed 2-2 (draw)
B mixed 2-2 (draw)

Inter-House Rugby
Just before half term our Year 5 and 6 boys went head to head in our annual inter-house rugby competition. This highly anticipated event is always very competitive and exciting. Following the RFU regulations we ran two separate competitions, one for Year 5 and one for Year 6. In what was an action packed afternoon, it came down to the last game in both competitions! Congratulations to all that took part.
Under 11 (Year 6) 
1st Constable 
2nd Gainsbrough 
3rd Munnings 

Under 10 (Year 5)
1st Munnings
2nd Gainsbrough
3rd Constable

Match Reports Week beginning 5/11/18

It has been an extremely busy week for sport at Littlegarth with the school taking part in and hosting two National ISA rugby festivals along with our normal fixture commitments.

National Under 10 ISA Rugby at Littlegarth
For the second consecutive year Littlegarth school hosted the National ISA under 10 rugby festival. Schools travelled from around the country to compete in either a contact or touch competition. This year we entered three teams which saw all the boys in Year 5 putting their skills to the test. We were again joined by Lions rugby academy who hosted “master classes”, the event being competitive, educational and above all else fun. Following an exciting afternoon of rugby I am delighted to report that our Under 10 A team finished 3rd and our Under 10 B team finished 5th in the contact competition. Our other Under 10 team represented us in the touch competition and also finished 3rd overall. All the boys involved played extremely well and we are very proud of their achievements in this National event.

National Under 11 ISA Rugby
Like their Year 5 counterparts, our Year 6 pupils had their own National rugby final this week in Bedford. Again, there was an educational focus with “master classes” from Northampton Saints. This is an event we have always enjoyed and I’m pleased to say that the boys did particularly well again, only losing two games all day and finishing 4th overall. The boys should be very proud of their achievement to again finish as one of the best ISA Under 11 rugby teams in the country.

Under 9 Football
As we move towards the end of the Under 9 football season the teams continue their unbeaten run. On Thursday St Margaret’s joined us for an exciting afternoon of sport when all three teams registered victories.
• Under 9 A v St Margarets 3-1 (Win)
• Under 9 B v St Margarets 4-0 (Win)
• Under 9 C v St Margarets 6-3 (Win)

Littlegarth Under 9 Football
Having won the National ISA Under 9 football tournament earlier this term it was now time for our Under 9 “A” team to try and win our own annual Littlegarth tournament. In total 7 teams were competing for the prize and I’m pleased to announce our A’s were unbeaten in all seven matches. As such the team won the tournament and their fantastic season continues. Next week it’s the turn of our “B” and “C” teams!
St Margaret’s
St Felix
Holmwood House
St Joseph’s
Nayland Primary

Match Reports Week beginning 15/10/18

Under 9 Football v Gosfield School
In this, our final Under 9 fixture before half term, our Under 9’s faced Gosfield School for the first time. Gosfield are a small school and as such fielded a single team. Playing our B’s it was a very close game until the second half. In the final fifteen minutes the boys took control of the game with some quick passing and clinical finishing.
Under 9 B – 7-2 (Win)

ISA Swimming
We are thrilled to announce that our school swimming team has won the ISA East Anglian Junior Swimming Gala for the 14th Year running! On Wednesday 17th October, we took 29 children to the Crown Pools in Ipswich to compete at the gala. The atmosphere at the event was electric with everybody cheering on the individual swimmers from their school. We had some fantastic results and are excited that four of our swimmers have qualified for the Nationals which is to be held on Saturday 1st December at the Olympic Pool, London. We wish them lots of luck and we want to say a huge well done to all of our swimmers for another fantastic achievement yesterday.
Year 4 Boys – 1st
Year 5 Boys – 2nd
Year 6 Boys – 6th
Overall Boys Competition: 1st Place
Year 4 Girls – 1st
Year 5 Girls – 5th
Year 6 – 2nd
Overall Girls Competition: 2nd Place
Overall Combined Competition – 1st Place

Under 10 B and Under 11 B Rugby V Felsted
Outside of tournament rugby this was another first in terms of fixtures. Welcoming Felsted was a real test for our boys and one they really rose to. Both games were end to end and highly competitive.
Under 10 B – 30-30 (Draw)
Under 11 B – 25-20 (Loss)

Match Reports Week beginning 08/10/18

Our U11A Hockey team attended the U11 Girls’ IAPS East Hockey Finals at Framlingham College on Monday 8th October.  There were 21 schools competing and these were split into 4 pools.  Our team won their pool, placing them into the next stage of the “Cup” tournament – the Quarter Finals.  Each match was just 5 minutes each way which put a lot of pressure on all the teams to secure early goals.  Our team faced Framlingham in the Quarter Finals and scored the first goal!  Framlingham quickly equalised and at half time the score was 1-1.  Unfortunately, Framlingham managed to execute another goal in the 3rd minute of the second half, knocking us out of the tournament and a chance to compete at the Nationals.  Our U11A team played their best hockey to date.  They faced tough opposition and never gave up.  A huge well done to all our players for such an excellent achievement and getting into the top 8 out of 21 schools.

New Hall Colts Rugby Festival

On Sunday our Under 11 boys’ rugby “A” team once again faced tough opposition at the annual New Hall rugby festival.  Entering this event allows the Littlegarth team to test themselves against opposition that we would not normally play.  Facing New Hall, Bedford School, Belmont School, Bishop’s Stortford College and Felsted over their five matches, the boys did themselves and the school proud.  Winning three of their five matches the team finished sixth out of the thirteen schools that entered.

Under 9 Football v Holmwood

The Under 9 football teams seem to be going from strength to strength.  A visit to Holmwood House looked to be their toughest test to date, but the boys rose to the occasion to record some impressive results.

Under 9 A4-0  (Win)
Under 9 B11-0 (Win)
Under 9 C6-0  (Win)

Under 9 ISA Football Champions

This is the first time the ISA have held an event for Under 9 pupils.  Traveling to Alleyn Court School, the team played their way through the group stage into the semi-finals. A 1-0 win in the semi-final saw the team book their place in the final against the only other unbeaten team from the day, Ursuline Prep School, Brentwood.  A 0-0 draw took the game to a penalty shoot-out.  Still in dead lock, the game moved into sudden death.  It was very tense but we are delighted to announce the team were victories!  The Under 9 “A” team is the first team to win the Under 9 ISA football tournament and should be incredibly proud of their achievement.

Littlegarth V Finborough2-0 (Win)
Littlegarth V  Faraday1-1 (Draw)
Littlegarth  V Thorpe Hall3-0 (Win)
Littlegarth  V St Margaret’s2-1 (Win)
Littlegarth   V Alleyn Court1-0 (Win)
Littlegarth V Ursuline3-2 (Win: Penalties)

U10 Rugby V Ipswich Prep

Our rugby matches against Ipswich Prep are always very close and this year was no different.  Strong tackles and elusive running from both teams made for an entering afternoon.

Under 10 A40-40  (Draw)
Under 10 B35-5 (Win)
Under 10 C20-5  (Loss)

Framlingham  College Rugby Festival

The week started with our Under 11 boys “A” rugby team playing in a rugby festival and the week finished on Saturday with the team in action once again at another festival.  This time it was at the annual Framlingham College festival.  The boys played their best rugby to date winning four of their five matches and winning the event.

Littlegarth V Langley10-5 (Win)
Littlegarth V  Widford Lodge20-0 (Win)
Littlegarth  V Framlingham10-0 (Win)
Littlegarth  V Finborough20-0 (Win)
Littlegarth   V St Cedd’s5-0 (Loss)

Under 9 Netball V The Abbey

An outstanding set of results were achieved by our U9 Netball teams when they played a home fixture against The Abbey School.

Despite some major changes to the teams, the girls worked extremely hard to secure convincing wins against the visiting school.  It was a joy to see the girls gelling as a team and demonstrating great netball skills.  Well done to all!

Littlegarth A v’s Abbey A 13-0 (win)

Littlegarth B v’s Abbey B 8-4 (win)

Hockey Results – Wednesday 3rd October

A fantastic afternoon of sport was enjoyed by our U11 Hockey teams this week when they took on Finborough and Orwell Park on Wednesday at Orwell Park School.  The A and B teams faced both schools in back to back matches with the C and D teams facing Orwell Park to finish off an exciting series of matches with a mixed bag of results.

Littlegarth A v’s Orwell Park 0-3 (loss)

Littlegarth A v’s Finborough 3-0 (win)

Littlegarth B v’s Orwell Park 0-1 (loss)

Littlegarth B v’s Finborough 3-1 (win)

Littlegarth C v’s Orwell Park 0-2 (loss)

Littlegarth D v’s Orwell Park 2-0 (win)

We would like to take this opportunity to wish the U11 A team the very best of luck for the IAPS Hockey tournament at Framlingham College this coming Monday.

Sports matches week beginning (25/9/18)

Under 11 and 10 Rugby V The Abbey

The hot sun on Wednesday afternoon was more akin to cricket rather than the start of the rugby season however despite the heat; our senior boys were welcomed to the Abbey for our second round of rugby matches.  Once again the boys played well to demonstrate some expansive and exciting rugby.

Under 11 A Rugby (Win) 50-10

Under 10 A Rugby (Draw) 20-20

Under 10 B Rugby (Win) 50-0

Sports matches week beginning (17/9/18)

Under 9 Football V St Joes College

This year our year 4 boys kicked off their first competitive season of sport at Littlegarth School with a visit from St Joseph’s College, Ipswich.  It was a great afternoon of sport with all the boys working hard to record some fantastic results.

Under 9 A Football (Win) 4-1

Under 9 B Football (Win) 9-0

Under 9 C Football (Win) 6-4

Under 11 and 10 Rugby V St Joes College

Like the year 4 boys our senior boys in Years 5 and 6 also kicked off their competitive season against St Joseph’s.  Once again the boys put all their hard work from training into good practice.

Under 11 A Rugby (Win) 15-0

Under 11 B Rugby (Win) 50-0

Under 10 A Rugby (Loss) 15-10

Under 10 B Rugby (Win) 10-5

Under 10 C Rugby (Win) 20-0

Hockey Results

A fantastic afternoon of Hockey was enjoyed by our U11 C and D teams at the annual Orwell Park tournament on Wednesday (26th).  The teams both had 2 games within the pool stages and then went on to play in the first/second place play offs where they both drew but finished victorious thanks to goal differences in previous games.  It was wonderful to see the girls give 100% within the short and energetic matches and it was a joy to see them receive their hard-earned and well deserved gold medals.  Well done Littlegarth, fantastic achievement.


Littlegarth ‘C’ v’s Orwell Park (pool match) 0-0

Littlegarth ‘C’ v’s The Abbey (pool match) 2-0

Littlegarth ‘D’ v’s Framlingham (pool match) 1-0

Littlegarth ‘D’ v’s Finborough (pool match) 1-0

Littlegarth ‘C’ v’s Holmwood House (Final) 0-0

Littlegarth ‘D’ v’s The Abbey (Final) 0-0