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 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.