NSEA Eventers’ Challenge Championships

Jessie Schute at the NSEA Eventers' Challenge ChampionshipsThe Seaford Equestrian team had a busy and successful two days at Hickstead at the NSEA Eventers’ Challenge Championships. Several of our riders placed in the top ten in huge classes with over one hundred riders entered in each class. An amazing achievement.

Things don’t always go to plan when preparing for these big occasions and we lost a couple of strong team combinations due to pony illness and the sudden sale of one outgrown pony. However, Sophie Gosling stepped in at the final hour with great effort, energy and enthusiasm and rode brilliantly in all four classes over the weekend to ensure we had full team representation. She also came 4th individually in the National Novice Challenge class. Continue reading

Seaford College Golf Day

Our inaugural Seaford College Golf Day, held at the fabulous Cowdray Park Golf Club, did not fail in its promise to deliver a splendid occasion for everyone involved.

Seaford College's Staff TeamWith near perfect weather and the course in spectacular condition, scoring proved seasonably high with several teams well into the 90’s. Individual prizes were awarded for nearest the pin, longest drive and highest individual stableford score. Ultimately just three points separated 1st from 3rd. Our very own staff team of Will Yates, Greg Burt, James Bird and Headmaster John Green, proved worthy victors with an impressive 98 points. Continue reading

A Celebratory Tea

A celebratory teaPart of the Seaford ethos is about celebrating success and personal bests and that is exactly what we did last week.

Following a momentous day at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, where our Equestrian Team competed against other top schools in the UK and came 2nd, our Headmaster John Green invited them and Seaford’s Equestrian Team Manager, Lucy Sanders for a celebratory tea. Continue reading

Hosting the MCC

Seaford 1st XI take on the MCCIt is always a special day in the summer term calendar when we play host to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). MCC is the world’s most active cricket club, the owner of Lord’s Ground and the guardian of the Laws of the game.

Ross Donaldson, Seaford’s Cricket 1st XI Captain told us: “It’s a great privilege  having MCC here today. It’s a great honour for a lot of the young students.” Continue reading

Royal Windsor Horse Show

The Seaford Team at the Royal Windsor Horse ShowLast weekend a team of three riders represented Seaford College in the Land Rover Inter Schools Jumping Competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. This is one of the most prestigious equestrian event in the world with a five star international rating and with world class riders competing. HM the Queen was in attendance and alongside the top class jumping events were displays from The Household Cavalry, carriage driving, dressage and showing.

The Seaford Equestrian team of Flora James, Beanie Bradley, Jessie Schute and Lauren Goldsmith qualified for the Inter Schools class at the end of last year by winning our Area competition. We were thrilled to qualify as it was a long standing ambition for the team but sad to lose Lauren as the final specified three riders instead of four with all scores to count. Continue reading

Malta Netball Tour

Malta netball tour Over Easter, 19 Seaford College girls met at Gatwick airport at 4:30am to fly to Malta. With two teams, six matches, five wins and lots of laughs, they had a great time building cohesion and playing netball on this fantastic tour.

The girls spent lots of time being able to travel and explore Malta whilst also improving their netball.

Malta netball tourWe are excited to be announcing that Seaford netball tours will be continuing and the sports department have plans for many more.

What An Achievement

Waterside CLast month, a group of twelve Seaford College students completed an extreme challenge called DW – a 125 mile, 77 portage international canoe race from Devizes in Wiltshire to Westminster in London. It’s for a reason that the race is known as the canoeists’ Everest.

The team had gone through a demanding training regime that involved eight gruelling races in all weathers and varying river conditions; over 1/4 million paddle strokes and running over half a marathon carrying a kayak.

Devizes to Westminster: The Race

The Seaford DW team completed the race

Just over 5 months ago, a group of children sat in a classroom to hear about an extreme challenge called DW: a 125 mile, 77 portage international canoe race from Devizes in Wiltshire to Westminster in London over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

The children, and those parents who attended, were cautioned about the rigorousness of the challenge but were also told of the pride they would feel if they completed the race, reaching the steps on the River Thames opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in the early hours of Easter Monday. Continue reading

NSEA National County Championships

Seaford at the NSEAPupils from the Seaford Equestrian Team spent a couple of days at the NSEA County Show Jumping Championships representing West Sussex as the top team in our County.  Lucy Sanders, Seaford Equestrian Team Manager, reports:

There were thirty Counties in total from all over the UK being represented by each County Champion school so the competition was very tough. Continue reading

Seaford College has been approved to deliver the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme

Climbing at SeafordWe’re excited to announce that Seaford College has been approved to deliver the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS). Congratulations to Peter Bolton and his team for their commitment and hard work to support the scheme.

NICAS provides the structure and motivation for new climbers to develop their climbing skills in order that they may gain the most out of their sport; as well as having their achievements recognised.

Peter said: “By delivering NICAS at Seaford, we aim to promote good practice, deeper knowledge of the sport and provide a structure for climbing development. Running the Scheme builds on the successes Seaford has had and will continue to inspire people to achieve their best”.

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All Seaford’s paddlers qualified for the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race over the Easter weekend!

DW picWaterside D, the final gruelling and demanding preparatory race was held last week over 34 miles and 35 portages – day 1 of DW (Devizes to Westminster). This race held particular significance as to guarantee a place on the DW start line, this race needed to be both completed and also in under 9 hours.

After a successful 12-mile training session last weekend and a swap around of Will & Barney, the now familiar and strong partnerships departed Devizes in 2 groups around 20 minutes apart at just after 7am. In front of them lay 16 tough miles upstream without any portages, the dark Bruce Tunnel under the Savernake Forest, a grumpy swan just before Pewsey and 35 portages – 5 of which fall within the same mile – and the inevitable increase in ‘amateur’ narrowboat traffic, not to mention the energy sapping remaining 18 miles.

All boats set a demanding pace in the early stages with little to separate them time-wise for the initial 10 miles; the brutality & severity of portages after Pewsey around Wootton Rivers and Crofton Pumping Station, where the Kennet & Avon changes to flow with the race started to take its toll and the boats started to move apart. The race between the 3 boats in the latter group kept on at a ferocious pace until just before Hungerford, Beth & Coni suffered a rudder failure being that they had to stop for repairs but, once back on the water, they continued their pace. Shortly after Hungerford, having caught Zoë & Fliss & trying to stay with them, Ben pulled a muscle in his back forcing him to retire, meaning that after a long stop, Barney had to carry on in a K1 until eventually retiring just before Kintbury.

Ahead of them, Henry & Archie continued pounding away at the mileage, opening up a gap on the other 2 boats leaving Will & Ollie and Mark & Kaj to battle it out between them with Mark & Kaj eventually pushing ahead of Will & Ollie, for whom this was a huge step up from their previous maximum of 18 miles, having both been ill previously.

An astonishing race by all paddlers who all qualified for the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race over the Easter weekend. Particular mention must go to both the Junior Ladies K2 pairings who came in 5th & 7th in around 7 hours but honours must go to Zoë & Fliss who came an astonishing 2nd in the Waterside Series against opposition that has been together for considerably longer and beating the third place opponents by over 1.5 hours!! A huge congratulations!

As previously stated, this is an incredible squad that is able to combine competitiveness seamlessly with team spirit and all in aid of raising funds to help their extraordinarily brave & positive friend, Ellie Holt who is still incarnated in RSCH, waiting for a spare in the Intestinal Failure Unit in Southampton prior to going to the US for life changing treatment https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/get-ellie-eating

As always, a huge thank you to all the parents & support teams and to Charlie Lunt and the coaching team.

 

The Schools Challenge

The Schools ChallengeLast week, Seaford College entered a senior and an U15 clay shooting team into ‘The Schools Challenge’ which is run in association with The Oxford Gun Company.

Tony Bracci, Seaford Shooting Instructor, reports on the competition:

We got there in good time so the boys could shoot the pool shoot to warm up before the main 50 bird sporting shoot. Continue reading

NSEA National Qualifiers

Sophie Gosling riding Blackberry Boo in the 95cm classSeaford College had a great day at the NSEA National Qualifiers with our Prep School team coming 2nd to Farlington in the 12 years and under 70cm class, and beating Cranleigh, St Catherine’s, Dorset House, Alton School and Brambletye.

The top two teams qualify for the National Championships at Addington in October so the girls were delighted. It will be the first time that a team from the Prep School goes to the NSEA National Show Jumping Championships! Continue reading

SUPA National Ladies Arena Polo Tournament

SUPA Ladies Arena Polo tournamentAt the weekend, Year 9 student Beanie Bradley went to the SUPA National Ladies Arena Polo Tournament. Joining up with girls from Cheltenham and Stowe to make up a mixed team, they won the highest level under 18 class.

Beanie reports for us here: Team Seaford, Cheltenham, Stowe. Our camaraderie was epic!

It was great to be asked to play in the SUPA Ladies Open National Championships at Black Bears Polo Club with two of my polo girlfriends, and to have the opportunity to represent Seaford again at this U18 level.

SUPA Ladies Arena Polo tournamentWe were strong from the start with good ponies loaned to us from Oxford Polo. We worked well together despite the weather, which was extremely windy with severe gusts causing the ball to fly everywhere. The arena ball is like a small football not like the plastic hard ball in field polo.

The girls played defensively. It was rough and a tough, ending with me taking a mallet to my chin in the last minute of the Finals! We gave it our all. I couldn’t have asked more from them. I am so proud that we held on to three straight wins. Victorious!

Team Seaford, Cheltenham, Stowe 3 – 0 Hurst
Team Seaford, Cheltenham, Stowe 3 – 0 Tudor Hall
Team Seaford, Cheltenham, Stowe 3 – 2 Heathfield

Thameside 2

Thameside 2Seaford College students took part in the Thameside 2 at the weekend as part of their training to compete in the demanding Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon. This particular race is 19.5 miles from Reading to Marlow with 8 portages. The coaching team reports for us:

Another fantastic day of racing from the incredible Seaford kayaking squad.

After a week of rain, the team started what was their first mass-start race on a fast flowing river on a cold morning with a low sun in their eyes and wind at their backs. Despite a couple of boats having close shaves at the start, only one boat took an early swim. The six pairings paddled for the first time on the River Thames, where the weirs are bigger and the portages more tricky. They made a strong start and, by halfway, were posting some competitive times. Continue reading

Seaford Head to the Quarter Finals of the ISHC Cup

Seaford's Hockey 1st XICongratulations to our Hockey 1st XI for their performance in the quarter final of the ISHC cup against Repton.

Ahead of their match, the team had a team talk with our Headmaster John Green, Director of Sport Liam Doubler and Coach Chris Adams. They were heading to Chris Adams’ old school, Repton for the match. Continue reading

Sussex Hockey County Champions

Seaford U13s Sussex Hockey County ChampionsCongratulations to Seaford’s U13s who are the Sussex Hockey County Champions.

Seaford’s Hockey Coach, Jon Williams proudly reports: “The boys played some excellent hockey throughout the day, topping their group and winning the tournament without conceding a goal. This was the first time the boys had played 11-a-side full pitch matches!

As a group all players worked extremely hard. Ben Blair and Charlie White controlled the midfield, with Hamish Williams creating many goal scoring opportunities down the right hand side. The defence of Rory Nugent, Zach Chausac, Finlay Jackson and Peter Baynes made good tackles and distributed the ball well. A real team effort and deserved winners of the Sussex U13 Hockey Cup.” Continue reading

Phenomenal Performances at the Waterside B

Waterside BThe Waterside B is a 17.5 mile race from Newbury to Aldermaston with 19 portages. Seaford College students took part as part of their epic journey training to compete in the Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon. The coaching team reports on the race:

In what were truly testing conditions, the amazing kayaking team set out for the Waterside B. Seaford’s paddlers are supporting Ellie Holt’s crowd funding in order to help her raise £75,000 for life changing treatment – more information can be found here and donations can be made on their fundraising page. Continue reading

Seaford Win at the NSEA County Dressage Qualifiers

Louisa Young Three riders competed at the NSEA County Dressage Qualifiers at the weekend. The event was run by Lingfield College at Oldencraig Equestrian Centre.

Our team was made up of Louisa Young, (pictured), Imogen Guimaraens and Zoe Lunt. We had to arrange special early times for Zoe who, with her family, made huge efforts to compete and make up the team before rushing off to race in her boat as part of her Devizes to Westminster training.

Due to busy schedules and horrendous weather the girls left before prize giving but we were delighted to find out that the team won the West Sussex qualifier!!

Sashes and rosettes are on their way.

Congratulations to Louisa and Zoe for also qualifying as individuals and becoming West Sussex Preliminary Champions and West Sussex Novice Champions respectively.

An Incredible Performance from Young Seaford Team At The Arena Polo Finals

SUPA Seaford reached the final of the public schools arena polo championships at Rugby Polo Club in Warwickshire. With teams representing most of the big schools such as Eton, Harrow, Wellington and Stowe, Seaford knew they were going to have their work cut out. They were in the top class, the Open, for players of any handicap. They were able to use some superb ponies from Grant Collett of Offchurch Bury Polo club but they did not have long to get used to their unfamiliar mounts.

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Outstanding Effort at the Waterside A

Waterside AThe intense training for the Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon is well underway for the Seaford Team. We hear from Charles Lunt on how they are getting on.

After an excellent training session which we used for some distance training, the DW kayaking squad headed for their first race over part of the DW course. Waterside A starts in Great Bedwyn and finishes 13.5 miles and 21 portages later in Newbury; it is a tough race due to the number of energy sapping portages in quick succession. Continue reading

Training is underway for the Devizes to Westminster Kayaking Marathon

Training for the Devizes to WestminsterLast Sunday the Year 12 Devizes to Westminster Kayak team had their first race – a 6-mile Hare & Hound race. With blustery winds and choppy waters, paddle control proved difficult.

The Seaford College students have decided to take on this huge and extreme challenge (125 miles from Devizes to Westminster over the 4-day Easter weekend) to raise £75K for their friend, Ellie Holt (year 13) to have life changing treatment.

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Seaford Sevens

Seaford 7sWe hosted our annual Rugby 7s festival at the weekend and the event was a huge success, with sixteen teams from schools across the country coming to play.

Ahead of the event, Head of Rugby at Seaford College, Dan Falvey, spoke about the really high quality of teams that were coming. A number were returning teams, including Hurst who were coming to defend their title, but there were also some teams who were attending for the first time. Continue reading

Seaford’s Netball Coach selected to play for England

Natalie Miller, photographed at our Annual Sports Dinner with Pam Cookey and fellow Seaford netball coaches, Blaire Farrant and Bronwen JamesNatalie Miller, Seaford’s Netball Coach, has been selected for the England Indoor Nets Ladies squad for the Indoor World Championships in South Africa later this year.

Natalie, who was also part of the squad in 2016 when they won Gold in the World Championships in New Zealand, told us that she’s: “Over the moon! The secret is finally out. I can’t wait to represent my country again and go to South Africa to retain our title in August”.

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Alfie Hyde named Most Improved Young Player

Alfie Hyde names Most Improved Young PlayerEarlier this year we were proud to announce that Alfie Hyde won the Farewell Cup at Cowdray. He was also awarded the Trophy for Most Improved Young Player by the chairman. A fantastic achievement.

Alfie has been playing in competitive tournaments for the last five years. He describes polo as a demanding sport. “I like the intensity” he says.

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