Stand Together Saturday: Seaford and Canford

Spirit of Sport AwardLast month, Seaford College joined forces with Canford School and renamed their usual rugby fixture as Stand Together Saturday, a day designed to prioritise the experience and enjoyment of rugby for our pupils, above winning and losing.

Seaford student playing rugbyBoth Seaford and Canford have similar values, and each school is proud to help their students discover themselves and their passions. The idea behind the day was to focus it on enjoyment, right through the age-groups, and foster good relationships between players, parents, and staff from all sides and all teams. Before the game, Seaford’s rugby coach, Kevin Rich, said: “The idea behind this was to engage parents a little more on match days and attempt to help them to learn about how their touchline behaviour impacts the sporting experiences of pupils.

Canford playing rugby“Both Canford and Seaford are trying to create the best possible environments for young people to thrive in their sporting lives. With regards to rugby, the very physical nature of the game can sometimes draw out the worst in those watching and we feel that certain behaviours such as yelling instructions, jeering and berating the ref should have no place at school matches.

“By promoting an openness and convivial atmosphere in which it is normal for both sets of parents to connect and simply enjoy the game for it’s own sake we feel that this will minimise these negative tendencies. We put together a programme that highlighted some of these thoughts and also emphasized the importance that both schools attach to using sport as a vehicle to develop character and resilience.”

Below are some of the tips that were included in the programme, which you can also download below.

Stand Together Saturday Programme

Seaford playing against Canford

HOW WAS THE GAME ?

The game is so much more than who won and lost. Of course winning feels nice but let’s celebrate the character,
temperament, endeavour, bravery and teamwork. It’s not professional sport. The pupils are learning to get better at
something they love doing. Try using ‘how was the game’ instead of analysing why a team may have won or lost.

SHARE THE SIDELINE

One of the best parts of watching a Premiership match live is to share in the experience with supporters from other
teams. It is a pleasure to connect and watch sport to appreciate skill and strategy from both teams. To simply enjoy
the game without wondering what the score is. School sport should not get caught up in creating divides. Sharing the
sideline puts the game first.

MODELLING BEHAVIOUR

Of course we want the best for our children. But ‘best’ is perhaps not always having to be ‘THE STRONGEST’. We want
pupils to build character and play with spirit in their sporting lives. One of the greatest gifts that we (as adults) can give
them is to model courage, integrity and respect; especially in defeat. How does our touchline behaviour shape character and enhance the enjoyment for the players during the game?

In the matchday programme, both Seaford and Canford students shared what they love about rugby, which you can read below.

What do you love about rugby“Rugby has allowed me to meet so many different people, if I look at my close group of friends I have at the moment I have played rugby with them. The sport is so great because in the game you do everything to win but then when the final whistle goes we have the respect to shake hands and catch up. Some of my closest friends have been people I have played against and got to know after the match. The physical demand of the sport is another reason I love rugby. When playing rugby you put everything on the line and you know you have done this when you feel the aches and pains the next morning. Finally rugby has given me many memories and experiences which will stay with me for a long time.”
James, Canford

“I love playing rugby at Seaford College because not only is it brilliant fun, but also it is so inclusive. Everybody can play for a team no matter what their ability. Personally, what I love mainly about rugby is that there is so much competition for places in the team. So, I must improve myself every week to make sure I stay in the A team. Also, there is no prejudice between teams, the A team and B team are considered equals and nobody is looked down upon.”
Caelan, Seaford

“The reason I like rugby so much and why I have carried it on for so many years is because in no other sport do I get the sense of a brotherhood as strongly as I do in our current team in rugby, and a desire to put our bodies on the line for each other for that win. In no other sport do I think you will get a group of players so passionately playing for each other and that is why I love rugby, and this year especially.”
Cosmo, Canford

“I love rugby because it gives you an opportunity to express yourself in a way through hard work and skills, whilst it also helps me to stay fit and look at the nutrition side of sport which I can take into everyday life. But the main thing is
it helps to block out everything else that is happening in my life meaning I don’t have to worry about anything whilst I’m playing rugby and knowing I am enjoying myself.”
Jack, Seaford

Character Web“At the end of the home games played at Seaford, visiting Canford parents awarded a ‘Spirit of Rugby’ plaque to a Seaford player that best reflected the values of each school,” added Kevin Rich. “The Seaford parents selected a Canford player too. This was a gesture to remind parents that both teams are fighting for the same cause and to try and enjoy the game a little more neutrally – not an easy task when parents are watching their own children but something we think is worth is working towards.”

 

Old Seafordians return for Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day WreathSeaford College welcomed Old Seafordians back to the College for it’s annual Remembrance Day Service and Parade on Sunday 12th November. This is always a very special event in the Seaford College calendar, with over 1,500 current pupils, alumni and family members attending a lovely service, which this year was led by The Reverend Canon David Nason. It’s always an important day in the calendar where we not only honor the fallen, but also provide opportunities for Old Seafordians to return to the College and catch-up with each other. Continue reading

New Zealand School visit Seaford College on their rugby tour

Palmerston North Boys perform the HakaOn Wednesday 11th October, Seaford College hosted Palmerston North Boys’ High School from New Zealand, here in the UK for a rugby tour.

Along with our netball teams, our rugby teams had been in New Zealand on tour themselves only a few months previously, and it was fantastic to welcome a school from New Zealand to the beautiful grounds here at Seaford College.

The experience of hosting a New Zealand side, and in particular, to watch them perform the Haka, was hugely exciting, not only for the players, but for the many people who came along to watch the game.

“What a fantastic experience for our students at the College,” admitted Liam Doubler, Director of Sport. “For the community to come down and witness that… it’s what touring, it’s what sport’s all about.”

Palmerston North are one of the strongest school rugby sides in New Zealand, and this was the final stop on their tour, so it was always going to be a tough ask to get a victory, and so this proved.

“The level, and the intensity that Palmerston played with, was outstanding,” said Liam Doubler.Palmerston and Seaford 1st XVs

In the 1st XV game, Palmerston took a very strong lead in the first half, and whilst Seaford improved dramatically after the break, the damage had been done and they ended up losing 0-30. Despite the scoreline, the Palmerston tour administrator, Lindsay Calton, felt that “even though the score might have blown out a little bit, it was still a physical game, a tough game, and the boys are really tired.”

The 2nd XV also struggled to cope against the strength and power of the Palmerston boys, losing 5-42.

A defeat is always hard to take, but it’s important to take the positives from them, and to focus on what can be learnt for the future. “They’ll definitely take something from the game,” said Kevin Rich. “And I think it’s a great experience for them to be able to push on after half term. They’ll reflect on this game, review it, and they’ll build on it.”

The Palmerston coach also felt that Seaford rugby was going in the right direction, and predicted that “In three years’ time it’ll be a different game.”

We certainly enjoyed hosting Palmerston North, and if they go on any tours in the future we would gladly host them again!

Dream England Rugby 7s Contract for Seaford College’s Fergus Guiry

Fergus Guiry at Seaford College WEBSeaford College student Fergus Guiry will never forget the phone call he received earlier this year. It was from Simon Amor, the England Rugby 7s Head Coach, offering Fergus a one-year professional contract with the England 7s squad.
Fergus, who completed his A levels in the summer, was spotted by the England coaching team playing for Seaford College at the Rosslyn Park 7s tournament and they invited him to an England trial. After impressing at the trial, Fergus received the dream phone call offering him a contract, and he has now joined up with the full England squad and played in several tournaments. Continue reading

Day 7 & 8 – Australia and New Zealand Rugby and Netball Tour Blog

Tour Blog Day 7 & 8

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Today was a good day… all the usual waking up for breakfast went on before we headed to the Signal Hill, right at the top of Dunedin. The sights were incredible, right across the whole city. We went straight from here and onto the Cadbury World factory tour, which lived up to expectations. We think that most enjoyed the part where they could pour their own liquid chocolate into little pots with all the toppings. Most were feeling quite full of chocolate by the end.

There was a little time to shop and buy lunch in Dunedin again before transferring to Kings’ and Queens’ High Schools for our matches. Continue reading

Day 5 – Australia and New Zealand Rugby and Netball Tour Blog

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Day 5

We had an early start this morning, meeting with our bags packed at 7:00am and headed for an all you can eat breakfast to prepare for the first set of matches. We hit the road at around 9:00am towards Timaru. The girls and the senior rugby boys in one bus, as their matches were being played at Roncalli school, with the the year 10 and 11 boys’ match being played at Temuka Rugby Club. The journey took a couple of hours and we were grateful of the warm welcome that we received by the Roncalli staff and students.

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Day 4 – Australia and New Zealand Rugby and Netball Tour Blog

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Day 4

We are all starting to settle into the tour now, slowly adapting to the time difference. We awoke for an early breakfast, back at the very popular Five Stags restaurant. They have fed us well over the past couple of days while we have stayed in Hanmer Springs. It was really quite damp when we were packing up to leave, but we were pleasantly surprised to be driving away from this and into much sunnier and warmer conditions. Continue reading

Day 3 – Australia and New Zealand Rugby and Netball Tour Blog

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The alarms were set for many this morning to embark upon a morning run. 14 happy faces met Miss Bryant and Mrs Hegarty at 8:30am to start the day with a bang. They did very well indeed and covered four and a bit kilometres all before breakfast.

We returned to the Five Stags, where we visited last night, for an all you can eat breakfast with so much choice. Cooked breakfast, cereal, toast, pastries, fruit yoghurt and the list goes on. They were all set for the day and our first proper training session of the tour. Continue reading

Day 1 & 2 – Australia and New Zealand Rugby and Netball Tour Blog

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Well, we made it! It has been a long journey but not a single complaint from the tourists. They have powered on through the long and tedious flights and we’ve only lost two mobile phones so far (both recovered quickly).

We made our way through security after leaving many of you at Heathrow, with a couple of fairly rigorous bag checks taking place for those who cooperatively put their liquids into clear plastic bags and then tucked them away in with the rest of their hand luggage. Before we knew it we were boarding the first of the three flights, on this occasion to Dubai. The majority of the tour party were all near the back of the plane so we were able to switch around and ensure everyone had a seat they would be happy in for the coming day ahead. Mr Bird found himself chatting away and entertaining strangers further up the plane.

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An evening with Mike Teague

PosterBlogOn Friday 26th May, Seaford College is hosting a black tie Sports Dinner in aid of the Australia & New Zealand Netball and Rugby Tour. The College is pleased to be welcoming Mike Teague, widely regarded as one of the all-time greats of Gloucester, England and British Lions rugby, as the guest of honour. As well as a Q&A with Mike Teague, we’ll be holding auctions, raffles and fundraising games during the evening.

“We’re very pleased to be welcoming Mike Teague to Seaford College,” said Antony Cook, Director of Sport at Seaford. “It’s sure to be a fantastic evening, Continue reading

Rugby 7s expert Dai Rees trains Seaford Under 18s

Dai Rees watching Seaford rugby 7s trainingAhead of the start of the Rosslyn Park 7s rugby tournament this week, the Seaford College Under 18s squad were joined for a training session by an
expert in the art of 7s rugby. Dai Rees is the Head of High Performance for the Hong Kong Rugby Union side, but he has also coached the Welsh 7s national squad. Dai was at Seaford College last week Continue reading

Seaford Rugby and Netball tour Race Night this Saturday

Race Night LandscapeThis Saturday evening (4th March), as part of some fundraising for this summer’s New Zealand and Australia rugby and netball tour, Seaford College are holding Continue reading

Under 15s Rugby XV into Plate Semi Final of the Natwest Schools Cup

Try for Seaford U15 Rugby XV in Quarter FinalLast Thursday, Seaford College’s Rugby XV hosted Wirral Grammar School in the Quarter Finals of the Natwest Schools Cup Under 15s Plate competition. It was a very close, thrilling game of Rugby, ending 18-15 for the hosts. Seaford College will now play Sir Thomas Rich’s Grammar School in the Semi Finals, week commencing 13th March.

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Seaford 7s and Netball Tournament are huge success

Web Photo 3Seaford College hosted their inaugural Rugby 7s festival alongside their first ever Sunday netball competition at the weekend and both tournaments were a huge success.

Sixteen Schools entered the Rugby 7s Continue reading

Seaford host first Rugby 7’s and Netball Tournament

Rugby for Article 2 SmallSeaford College host a Rugby and Netball Tournament this Sunday (29th January) and both competitions are generating a large amount of interest across the country.

The Under 18’s Rugby Sevens Festival is the first 7’s Tournament that Seaford has hosted and sixteen schools are taking part.

The teams are split into four groups, with Seaford drawn in Group B alongside Continue reading

Seaford 1st XV Win Sussex Cup for Third Time in a Row

Seaford 1st XV in ActionSeaford’s 1st XV have won the Sussex Cup for the third time in a row, beating South Downs College 37-8.

The conditions could not have been better for the finals day at Brighton RFC. With all age group finals being played on the same day, there was a nervous atmosphere at the rugby club.

The start of Seaford’s game was very physical, with both sides trying to pose their dominance on the game. Each side carried well, but defences remained strong during the opening encounters. Harry Collins converted a penalty to get Seaford on the board and Continue reading

Matt Kouris’ Aspirations for Life After The Sixth Form

Matt Kouris training at Seaford CollegeMatt Kouris is in the Lower Sixth at Seaford College. He has played for England U16s and also plays for London Irish. We caught up with him to ask him about his aspirations for life after the Sixth Form.

Why did you start playing rugby?
Rugby is in my blood. My granddad played for the Welsh Schoolboys, and so when I was four, I started playing for Farnborough Rugby Club. My nan loves it too. She comes to every London Irish training session, and brings us sandwiches for the journey home. My granddad lived and breathed rugby, so she did too.

When did you start playing for London Irish?
It was through the county side, when I was about 13.

Have you played for any other sides?
I played for England U16s. If Lewis [Sampson] wasn’t injured, Continue reading

Lewis Sampson’s Aspirations for Life After A Levels

Lewis Sampson TrainingLewis Sampson joined Seaford Sixth Form this year, and we had a chat with him about his aspirations for the future.

When did you start playing rugby?
I started playing for the Under 6s at Havant. My brother played there, so I went along too.


When did you start playing for London Irish?

When I was 13 or 14.

How do you balance training sessions and matches with your academic work?
In the Winter Term, we’re playing all week, and even in the holidays we have quite a lot of training and matches at London Irish. So you’ve got to have a schedule and set a timetable to balance it all out. For example I’ll work in the evening if I’ve been training all day, Continue reading

Seaford 1st XV Win 11 Out of 13 Matches

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With an impressive 11 out of 13 wins this term, and an exceptional average score of 38-12 per match, the Seaford 1st XV have been in excellent form this season. Highlights include an impressive victory over old rivals Hurst, a tough side to beat, a strong win over St John’s Leatherhead, a new fixture to our card, and reaching the 5th round of national competition the Natwest Schools Cup.

Harry Collins, Captain and fly-half, said: ‘We are seeing a lot of new fixtures, and we are winning the majority of them. Seaford competing against Whitgift two years in a row is a great achievement given the difference in size, and we are giving them a run for their money.’IMG_5291ScrumWeb2

Although unsuccessful in their encounter with Whitgift, a much larger school, there is much the team can be proud of. One of Harry Collins’ highlights includes hitting two drop goals, and he added: ‘I am amazed by how much we’ve grown from Year Nine to Upper Sixth. The coaches are the best Seaford has ever had. It’s Mr Bowden’s first year of coaching the 1st XV, and he has added depth to the side with his skills and knowledge. We learn something new every training session.’

IMG_5265Byron Clarkweb3Edward Bowden is also currently coaching at Harlequins, and has played at club level in Italy. Another asset to the coaching team is headmaster Mr John Green, who is an ex-Saracens professional, and Harlequins Academy Coach. Harry Collins said: ‘Mr Green – awesome. He comes out training in his suit, he is phenomenal, and he has played at such a good standard. The forwards are learning a lot of amazing techniques from him. Even when he’s had an open morning, he makes the effort to come and support us with our matches on a Saturday. He’s very approachable, a great character, and it’s nice that he gets involved, it’s very motivational. He gets physically involved in the training, and it’s not every day you get to tackle your headmaster (in a suit).’

A welcome addition to the 1st XV is New Zealander James Brosnahan, who is at Seaford for the term, and has been incredibly influential in the back-line. The squad also has several county players: Matt Kouris and Lewis Sampson both play for London Irish, Jake McQuade for Surrey, and Cassius Deschamps, Christian Disley-May and Harry Collins play for Sussex. With training for these sides once a week, school fixtures on Saturdays, and county matches on Sundays, members of the team play rugby most days a week.

In the New Year, the side are looking forward to taking part in the Sussex Cup. The Seaford 1st XV have won the Sussex Cup for the past two years, and hope to continue this winning form, with a pass straight to the quarter finals. There are also four sevens competitions to look forward to, and we wish Christian Disley-May and Harry Collins the best of luck in their upcoming trials for the South East squad in January.

 Here are the results for the term:IMG_5378ScoreboardHurstweb4

City of London Freemans WON 24-3
St John’s Leatherhead WON 27-0
Christ’s Hospital WON 35-10
Hurst WON 56-8
Glyn Tech WON 41-6
Worthing College WON 32-0
St Johns Southsea WON 95-0
City of London Freemans WON 21-19
Brighton College LOST 10-21
Churches WON 17-0
Reeds WON 24-17
Whitgift LOST 17-41
Shiplake WON 37-31

Remembrance Sunday Service and Activities

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Dear Seafordians

Mr John Green, Headmaster warmly welcomes all Seafordians to join in the Remembrance Sunday service on Sunday 9 November 2014 at Seaford College. As you will know, it is a very special event in the College calendar bringing current and post pupils together for a very extraordinary service. Everyone is asked to be in their seats in the Sports Hall for 10.30am.

After the service, a buffet lunch will be provided in Mansion House in the Senior Dining Room for Old Seafordians, governors and staff members. It will be a relaxed atmosphere, allowing a great opportunity to catch up with alumni as well as former and current members of staff.   If you would like to attend, it would be very helpful to receive your RSVP by Wednesday 29 October. Please contact Miss Jo Browne, School Secretary on 01798 867392 or email jbrowne@seaford.org so we can inform our catering team. We will do our best to accommodate any late responses but we cannot guarantee a place so please let us know as soon as you can.

There is a number of sporting activities available to take part in or to spectate commencing at 2pm.   Please see the list below and make contact with the activity organiser if you are interested in joining in.  All the activities below are weather dependent and may be postponed if the weather conditions are unkind.

Clay Pigeon Shooting: Tony Bracci: tonybraccishooting@gmail.com

Golf: Neil Macfarlane: golf@seaford.org

Football: Antony Cook: acook@seaford.org

Tennis: Antony Cook: acook@seaford.org

Men’s Hockey: Nick Gregory: nickgregory3@hotmail.co.uk

Old Boys’ Kit: White shirts (provided by the College). Shorts & Socks – bring your own (white and dark of both if possible.)

Clay Pigeon Shooting: Due to the time restraints and the sheer volume of people who attend this event is offered to competent shooter and will be a 25 bird sporting shoot.

Tea and cakes will be served in the Senior Dining room following the afternoon of the activities have finished, approximately 4pm.   We look forward to meeting you all and hope you will be able to join us for this very special day in the Seaford College calendar.

With Kind Regards

John Green

Headmaster