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.

Sports News - 14th October, 2016
A week of home grown sport

Inter House Hockey

Under 11 Competition

11picture1The Inter House Hockey  tournament is always a closely fought battle and this year was no exception.

1st = Captained by Aisha Parker, the Constable team played impressive hockey all afternoon and didn’t concede a goal throughout the tournament to secure their win as 2016/17 winners.

2nd = Bella Garrard called upon fellow team mate Steph Gifford to help with the captaincy (as it was a little difficult to make herself heard from inside her goalkeepers helmet) and both girls guided their team to 2nd place … narrowly missing out on a win when a shot on goal was saved in the dying minutes of their last game.

3rd = If a team could win on perseverance  alone then this team would walk away as champions.  Their determination and team spirit (kept high by Yasmin Ridgers’ excellent captaining) was evident throughout the tournament.  They should be incredibly proud of themselves. 

Inter House Rugby

This week saw the first 2016/17 Inter House  competition take place. With the RFU  regulation change the competition took a different  format this year.  Rather than there being an A and B competition combining both year 6 and year 5, this year there were separate year group competitions.  

Under 11 (Year 6) Competition

 1st = Munnings: Captaining Munnings, Samuel Windridge continued to be an inspiration on and off the pitch as Munnings were unbeaten all afternoon and ran out winners!

2nd = Gainsborough: The fighting spirit of Captain Robert Ryan inspired Gainsborough to a close second place. Although the boys were disappointed not to win, they should be congratulated for their efforts all afternoon.

3rd =  Constable:  Not even the quick feet of Thomas Raeckelboom nor the silky skills of Captain Orlando Erith could help Constable to above 3rd place.

Under 10(Year 5) Competition 

1st = Constable: A real team performance saw Constable play and win all six games.  The quick hands of Finn Kearney and quick feet of  Harry Law were too hot to handle.

2nd = Munnings: Munnings looked to follow the example set by their under 11 side but just couldn't gel today even with some fantastic individual runs from Liam Climpson.  

3rd = Gainsborough: Gainsborough demonstrated excellent spirit led by Charlie Butcher but just couldn't finish off long periods of possession.

Next weeks fixtures

19/10/16: Year 6 A + B and Year 5 A Rugby V South Lee. (At home).

Parental Thank you: Thank you to all the parental support this week at the Inter House matches and to the FLS for putting on refreshments.

454picture2IAP’s HOCKEY

Last Friday saw our under 11 girls take on the best Hockey teams in the Eastern region as part of the IAPS Regional Hockey Tournament.  There is no doubt that the girls are one of the best teams in the area and after an impressive start to the season expectations were high.  The girls worked hard all day with impressive individual performances.  The other teams had clearly done their home work on us and closed down our normal free flowing game.  It was a frustrating afternoon for our attacking players, with shot after shot being saved by some inspired goal keeping from the opposition.

By mid afternoon it was clear that qualification to the Nationals was out of our grasp.  The girls did their best and although all involved were very disappointed we are very proud of them.  Usain Bolt said after losing his first race in 2016 before going onto win his record breaking Olympic gold's;  “You are not defeated when you lose, you are defeated when you quit”.  Our under 11 girls are far from quitters  and  we are sure to bounce back  to winning ways against Ipswich High after half term.



Sports News - 7th October, 2016
Another winning week!

The weather might be changing, but the sporting success continues. 


Under 11(A)  Draw 0-o

Under 11(B)  Loss 2-1

Under 11(C)  Loss 1-opicture1111

It is impossible to separate our hockey teams this week as all teams worked incredibly hard against some very tough competition.  Orwell Park is traditionally one of the more testing fixtures and so the girls knew they would have to put in a good performance if they were to challenge the opposition.  Some players were understandably daunted by the fixture and needed a bit of extra encouragement at halftime to keep their spirits up, but every girl from every team worked their little red and blue socks off and could not have made the PE Department (or the parents who were supporting from the side-lines) any prouder.

Huge thanks to Aisha, Emily and Helen for  captaining your teams so well.



Full report next week!


This week saw the teams take on Orwell Park and the familiar face of Mr E! 

Under 11(A)  Win 25-20:  This was a truly physical encoupicture222nter from start to finish. Playing on very narrow pitches the boys were unable to play their normal expansive game.  Man of the match Solomon Belshaw led the line with a fantastic rucking display.  Unbeaten this season, the team are looking good for the National IAPS tournament on the 10th of November.  

 Under 11(B) Win 70-10:  The return of Mr T to the coaching staff saw the team put in an inspired performance.  With Thomas Lilley scoring his first ever tries for the school and Aditya Mahshwar making some match winning tackles ,it looked more like a “dream team” not our B team!

Under 10(A)  Win 25-20: The  under 10 A team seem to be improving every game. Another physical encounter saw Orwell Park take a two try early lead.  This seemed to inspire the boys into action with some fantastic skills on display.  Some quick feet from Samuel Newcomb and two intercepted tries from Zak Troman ensured the teams winning streak continued.         

Under 10(B)  Loss  30-20: The under 10 B team continue to grow week on week. The move of Ned Ferguson from scrum half to fly half improved the ball distribution out wide.  Some big tackles were made by all, the pick of which was made by Charlie Butcher!

Under 10(C)  Loss  25-0: Although the result was a loss, it is important to note the boys were taking on a combination of Orwell Parks C’s and B’s.  With this in mind the boys did themselves proud.  The match was end to end with a particular highlight being Handsana Gunasekera’s try saving tackle on the line!

We take a break next week for our inter house competitions.

Next weeks fixtures

12/10/16 - Year 5 and 6 Inter House Rugby and Hockey


After a weeks rest this week the teams faced Colchester High School.

Under 9(A)  Win 8-0:  This was a pleasure to watch.  The team moved the ball quickly and were clinical in the last third.  Mr F has been working hard on the training pitch and the hard work clearly paid of today.

Under 9(B)  Win 3-2:  This was an incredibly close game.  Both sides took the lead at one point in the match and with three minutes to go the score was tied.  A late break away and clinical finish from Elliot Sadler got the team back to winning ways!

Under 9(C)  Win 3-0:  Under the management of Mr H, the under 9 C team remain undefeated.  The move of Pashby, Mott and Bayley-Villar inspired a great team performance and continued the winning run!


Sports News - 30th September, 2016
A winning week!

It has been a fantastic week for sport. Here are some of the highlights!

Under 9 Netball

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The Under 9 teams took on

Ipswich high school on Monday night and ran out  Winners in all three games!

U9A: 14-0 Win. (Saanvi Kumar, Captain)

U9B: 3-1 Win. (Evelyn Cook, Captain)

U9C: 9-1 Win.   (Jamie Wood, Captain)

With lots of goals scored and excellent team work, the girls are really beginning to understand their positions. 

Netball Tournament

On Wednesday, the Under 9 netball team went to Orwell Park to compete against 6 other schools in a highly competitive  tournament.  The girls, captained by Lyla Belshaw, started strongly and progressed through the afternoon without losing a game. Getting through to the final they beat South Lee 2-0 to come first overall in the tournament!

An incredible achievement for such young players! Well done girls we are hugely proud.


After our success against Finborough, Holmwood House was our next opponent. 

Under 11(A)  Win 40-5:  The team seem unstoppable at the moment! Captain Samuel Windridge led by example with the pick of the eight tries coming from scrum half Felix Bond Roberts.  Wpicture2hen asked about the game, man of the match Robert Ryan said “we work hard for each other”.  A great example of the Littlegarth way.

 Under 11(B) Win 30-15:  Two wins from two represents the depth in talent in our year 6 students.  Man of the match Marco Gil-Luberio explained how much the boys had enjoyed the game and are looking forward to taking their unbeaten record to Orwell next week!

Under 10(A)  Win 40-0: What a difference a week makes.  In this their first competitive match the team applied all their training to great effect.  Captain Zak Troman controlled the game from fly half. and as for man of the match Finn Kearney  we know he has a twin sister but it was like he had a twin brother on the pitch with him. He was everywhere! Making ground and match winning tackles!

Under 10(B)  Loss  35-10: A story of so near but so far.  The team are making great progress and at times played some lovely rugby but with a five try deficit at half time they just couldn't fight back.  No individual stood out but their overall commitment, enjoyment and enthusiasm was a joy to watch.

Once again every boy in Year 5 and 6 took part in a match, continuing our drive to achieve sporting excellence with a sport for all approach.

Hockey Tournament

picture3The under 11 C and D teams attended the annual Orwell Park Hockey Tournament this week and played exceptionally well throughout the afternoon.  Both teams played within a pool of 5 schools and experienced significant wins as the matches went on.  It really came down to the wire towards the end of the afternoon with the final match being the decider as to where the girls would come in the tournament.  The C team, captained by Hannah Karlsson came first in their competition and the D team, captained by Amrit Sihra, were runners up in their side of the tournament. It really was a thrilling afternoon of hockey and all girls should feel incredibly proud of their achievements. Well done!



Next weeks fixtures

05/10/16 V Orwell (Away)

  • Rugby U11 A/B
  • Rugby U10 A/B
  • Netball U11 A/B/C


  • ISA Swimming 9/11/16
  • ISA Rugby 10/11/16



Fixtures (provisional)

Wednesday 5th October
2.30 pm Hockey U11A & C v Orwell Park (A)
2.30 pm Rugby U11A & B U10A & B v Orwell Park (A)
3.15 pm Hockey U11B & D v Orwell Park (A)

Thursday 6th October
2.30 pm Soccer U9A, B & C v Colchester High (H)

Wednesday 12th October
2.00 pm Inter-house Year 5 & 6 Rugby & Hockey

Thursday 13th October
2.30 pm Netball U9A, B & C v St Margaret’s (H)

Wednesday 19th October
2.30 pm Rugby U11A & B v South Lee (A)

Wednesday 2nd November
2.30 pm Hockey U11A, B & C v Ipswich High (A)

Thursday 3rd November
2.30 pm Soccer U9A & B v The Abbey (A)
2.30 pm Netball U9A, B & C v The Abbey (H)

Monday 7th November
2.30 pm Netball U9A, B & C v Finborough (H)

Wednesday 9th November
2.30 pm Hockey U11A, B & C v St Margaret’s (A)
2.30 pm Rugby U11A & B v St. Felix (A)

Monday 14th November
2.00 pm Soccer U9A Tournament at Littlegarth
2.00 pm Netball U9 A, B & C Tournament at Ipswich Prep

Wednesday 16th November
2.30 pm Rugby U11A & B v OBH, St. John’s & Framlingham Prep at OBH (A)
2.30 pm Rugby U10 A v Barnardiston & St John’s at Barnardston (A)
2.30 pm Hockey U11A, B, C & D v Felsted (A)

Monday 21st November
2.00 pm Soccer U9B Tournament at Littlegarth

Wednesday 23rd November
2.15 pm Hockey U11A, B & C v Ipswich Prep (A)

Wednesday 30th November
2.00 pm Rugby U11A Tournament at Orwell Park (A)
2.30 pm Rugby U11B v Finborough (A)