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
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.
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
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”.
Seaford Equestrian had a fantastic day at the West Sussex County qualifier at Coombelands, Pulborough at the weekend. They were the Champions at 80cm & 90cm levels and will represent West Sussex at the National County Championships.
Our 70cm team of Emily Cook, Bella Crowley, Lara Drysdale and Deya Thomson came 2nd, just being pipped on time in the jump off by Farlington. Bella came 4th individually riding a very speedy round on her pony Silver.
In the 80cm class our team of Jessie Schute, Beanie Bradley, Sophie Gosling and Emily Cook WON, beating Hurst A & B teams, Farlington, Millais, Windlesham and Dorset House, and were crowned West Sussex County Champions!! Our second team of Emmy Burkinshaw, Emily Cook, Lauren Goldsmith and Lorna Leatherdale-Edwards also did well to come 7th.
Seaford College were very privileged to have a yacht donated by the Royal Navy CCF, in order to enter in the 2018 Round the Island Race. This race is a lap around the Isle of Wight – approximately 60 nautical miles against a staggering 1,400 competitors.
Miss Evans, Head of Sailing at Seaford College tells us about the event.
We had been given a Sigma 38 called Amaryllis. We took the opportunity to train in it before the event over four sessions. The pupils all had to complete their competent crew course with the Navy. This is a five-day course, where they learn the ropes of yacht sailing and they completed this successfully during the Easter and May half-term holidays.
Due to such outstanding training by the Navy, our Seaford training sessions were able to focus purely on how to race. This is an incredible feat as two pupils, Dylan Kirkpatrick and Alfie Dudley Warde had previously not sailed before. It was a steep learning-curve that they both embraced with vigour and energy! Continue reading
Lille-Beau joined Seaford this year and is enjoying having a golf course at the school. Continue reading
Jim Evans is a former Harlequins Rugby Union Player and Harlequins Academy Head Coach. Gary Street is a former England Women’s Rugby Union Coach and Academy Coach Development Officer for Harlequins.
They were with us to work with our U12 & U13 players. It was a fantastic training session and our Prep School students really enjoyed the training.
The boys got a lot out of the training. “I thought it was really good. Different coaches so a different point of view on the game” said Hamish Williams from Year 8.
Old Seafordian, Harry Leleu, features in a BBC article looking at athletes achieving success in sport and classroom.
He tells them “Meeting the demands of studying for a degree in physics is taxing. Marrying that with a grueling training schedule necessary to compete at the top level is therefore only possible with a great deal of focus, organisation and self-discipline, alongside a strong support network.
“With a sport such as triathlon with three disciplines, you can be doing up to 30 hours of training per week, which means time-management is paramount.
“Surrounding myself with like-minded people has a positive impact. Sharing a house with other performance sport athletes means we all study, train, eat and sleep around the clock. We all have a clear understanding of what the other is trying to achieve and we help each other achieve that.
Seaford had their Annual Sports Awards Dinner to celebrate the achievements and successes of those pupils that have represented the college in our major sports. Just over 100 pupils and staff were present on the evening.
Beginning with welcome drinks outside, sports kits were abandoned in place of black-tie for the evening!
As guests were seated for their meal, they discovered a sporting quiz at their table, with questions to answer as they ate. Later in the evening the games intensified with each table taking it in turns to bounce a tennis ball into a bucket – much harder than it looked! Standing behind a line, they were allowed one bounce onto the floor and into the bucket. Despite being an evening showcasing Seaford’s sporting talent, most missed entirely!
Guests were able to watch a photo montage playing throughout the night showcasing the last year, and there was also a montage video showcasing footage of matches throughout the year. A wonderful evening of Sport.
Speeches were given by Liam Doubler, Director of Sport and Co-Curricular, as well as Seaford’s Head Girl, Holly Gyles, and Head Boy, Nico Caines who recapped on the sporting year going through all the teams achievements.
Then came to the bit everyone was waiting for – the awards, presented by John Green, Headmaster.
Sportswoman of the year was presented to Isobel Porter
Sportsman of the year was presented to Charlie Norton
Services to Seaford Sport was awarded to Cally Nugent
Bill Cuthbertson ‘Cubby Cup’ was awarded to Nico Caines
What is always striking at our awards dinners is how humble our sports men and women are. All our winners were shocked to have won and didn’t want to sing their own praises, seeing themselves as simply part of a team. Cally Nugent, winner of Services to Seaford Sport said “I was really shocked. I did not think I’d get that”.
It was a superb evening and highlighted the direction of Seaford Sport. 2017/2018 has been another impressive year with more pupils representing Seaford Sport and more achievement at all levels. All staff have been exceptional, providing detailed feedback to pupils and always going above and beyond to improve their players as both individuals and as a team. Well done all for everything you have achieved this academic year.
See more of the night in our video.
Taking place over the bank holiday weekend, Seaford had qualified three teams at three different levels as well as a team competing in the Elite Show Jumping class.
We began the weekend with the Mini Derby National Championships at 70cm for children aged under 14. Our team was made up of Emily Cook, Lauren Goldsmith & Lorna Leatherdale – Edwards from the Prep School.
In the Warm Up class our riders went for steady clear rounds and were placed 15th, 16th & 19th out of 75 riders and in the team class Lorna & Emily had fantastic clear rounds with Lauren just having a slight navigation issue over a long twisty course for a very creditable 8th team place.
The following day was a long hot day indeed. We met for course walks at 9.30am, jumped the warm up class at 10.30am and then the 85cm National class at 7.45pm due to several delays. This time our team was made up of a mixture of riders from the Prep & Senior School: Olivia Macdonald, Lorna Leatherdale – Edwards, Rufus Uloth and Jessie Shute riding her sister’s pony and standing in for Grace Bolton. Lorna’s pony took a dislike to the notorious water jump refusing to get his feet wet but the other riders jumped fast accomplished rounds and were really unlucky to roll a couple of poles to finish with a team score of 8 faults. Although unplaced this time it was a great experience and one we can definitely improve on.
On the final day, it was our Senior School riders turn for the National 95cm Eventers’ Challenge class. The team was made up of Flora James, Jessie Schute, Evie Marchant and Olivia Macdonald who jumped the Hickstead Elite 1.00m class as a warm-up coming 5th. They then went on to come a fantastic 4th in the National Championships which was an amazing achievement.
The parents on all three days were very supportive and the riders a pleasure to work with. We have many comments from other schools’ parents on our team camaraderie, cheerfulness and rider encouragement. In fact one mother, whose daughter goes to another school, told us that she wished she had sent her daughter to Seaford because of our riding teams.
Seaford has had a phenomenal season of athletics this year with long-standing school records being broken.
We have demonstrated our strength as an athletic school, particularly in the inter-boys Year 10 and 11, where we have won all inter-boys age group matches. Our girls too are showing their strength, in particular Year 9 where we have some really good athletes.
This was demonstrated at the Sussex Schools County Finals at the start of June where Seaford did very well as a school, overall winning 10 medals. Jon Thompson, Head of Seaford Athletics summarises the event “It’s a tough competition and we had a good day with some really good performances”.
Rupert Blackwell won gold in the inter-boys javelin and broke the school record in doing so. He says he was “especially happy as the record was set over 50 years ago”. Rupert threw 50m 30, with the previous record being about 48m 50. He praised his sports coaches at Seaford for the training and support they give him.
Ollie Beach won gold in the Junior Boys Discus, Johnny Murray-Jones (Year 9) took silver in the junior boys triple jump and Joseph Spiby (Year 11) won silver in the discus. Congratulations!
Congratulations too to Olivia McDonald won silver in the 3000m. Jon praises Olivia’s performance “It was great run for her. She’s a tremendous athlete”. Continue reading
Lavington Park, Petworth, is the home of Seaford College. The grounds looked stunning yesterday in the snow. Thank you to Lewis Morton for this spectacular drone video.
Seaford’s situated in over 450 acres of listed parkland at the foot of the South Downs. This video shows our world class sporting facilities (under the snow!) include a golf course, rugby pitches, all weather astro, tennis courts, netball courts, a swimming pool, football pitches, clay pigeon range & the Johnson Centre, Seaford’s new Performing Arts & Sports centre. The Johnson Centre has a fitness suite, indoor climbing wall, dance studio, spin studio & a performance training gym as well as a performing arts centre.
We were incredibly honoured that Shaun Edwards OBE was one of our guest speakers at our Annual Sports Dinner almost two weeks ago, and grateful when he also agreed to take a training session with a group of our rugby players.
Shaun made his name in Rugby League playing for Wigan, England and Great Britain. He won 8 Challenge Cups and 3 World Club Championships and was voted Man of Steel in 1990, before switching codes for a hugely successful coaching career in Rugby Union. 10 successful years as Head Coach at Wasps led to his current role as Assistant Coach for Wales and the Defence Coach on the 2009 Lions tour of South Africa.
Shaun visited us on 12th January, and along with Anya Shrubsole MBE, was one of our two guest speakers at our Annual Sports Dinner. This is an annual fundraising event to raise money for Seaford Sport which involved auctions, raffles, games, and Q&A’s with our guests. It was a fantastic evening, enjoyed by all, but before the evening began, Shaun took a two hour training session with a group of our senior rugby players.
Last year was the first year that a number of Seaford students took on the gruelling Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race, an intense 125 mile paddle over 4 days, ending at Westminster Bridge in London. It’s a huge challenge that requires months of endurance training, and huge mental focus.
Inspired by last year’s paddlers, this year Seaford has a larger number of pupils who are looking to take on the challenge. Once again, Charles Lunt and Bill Marks, who trained last year’s pupils, have kindly offered to take on their training.
Last 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.
Both 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.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.
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!
On Sunday 24th September a team of Seaford riders competed at Merrist Wood, Guildford in the NSEA inter-schools show jumping competition run by Cranleigh School. This was one of Seaford’s last opportunities to qualify for the National Schools’ Championships, so the competition was very hot with over sixty riders in each class.
The Seaford team of Beanie Bradley, Jessie Schute and Flora James came a fantastic 2nd to Guildford High in the 90cm team class, qualifying for the very prestigious Championships. Only the top two teams qualified, and Seaford beat both Cranleigh first and second teams, along with Wellington, Winchester, Mayfield, Farlington and Priorsfield.
“I’m extremely proud of them,” said Lucy Sanders, Head of Equestrian at Seaford. “It is the first time we have had a Seaford team competing at a National competition, and this is something to celebrate.”
Our Prep School riders have also had a fine start to the year, competing at a NSEA inter schools Grassroots show jumping competition at Sands Farm near Horsham, at the end of September, and achieved some fantastic results.
Honey-Bea Hogan came individually 4th in the 50cm, Abigail Jupp was 3rd individually in the 70cm with the team of Abigail, Grace Bolton & Honey-Bea coming a fantastic 2nd to Brambletye in the 70cm, qualifying for the Regional Championships in November.
Abigail then went on to win the 75cm class with a brilliant speedy clear round against the clock. New year 7 pupil, Grace Bolton, with her enthusiastic pony Ruby came a very commendable 3rd and we enjoyed welcoming her to the Seaford Equestrian team.
Lauren Goldsmith’s pony was sadly kicked the day before the show so she had to stand down this time but Honey-Bea bravely rose to the occasion to fill in the team place jumping 70cm for the first time.
Breaking news! Seaford’s U14 Girls Netball team came 2nd in the County on Saturday, in the first round of the National Schools Competition. This is the biggest school’s competition in the netball calendar, and Georgie Hegarty, Head of Netball at Seaford, is very proud of their achievement.
“Over the last couple of years, we’ve been getting closer and closer to progressing, but this is the first time that a Seaford team has managed to make it through to the regional round. We really look forward to representing the top Sussex schools in January.”
Congratulations to the team for making it through, we can’t wait to cheer you on in the next round!
At 889 feet, Butser Hill is the highest point on the South Downs, overlooking Petersfield. And, since 1978, it has also been the site of a fantastic cross country mass run, raising over £200,000 for different charities over the years. Seaford College took a team along to this year’s race, and it was a great day. Continue reading
During the second to last week of the summer term, six students from Seaford College competed in the Schools Week Sailing Championships, which has been held annually at Itchenor Sailing Club since 1953. It is one of the biggest school sailing events in the UK, and attracts teams from across the country, and this year attracted entries of over 150 racing dinghies. Paul Harker, who took the students to the competition, told us about the event.
Seaford 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
Tour Blog Day 7 & 8
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
The Seaford Prep Equestrian Team had a fantastic day a week ago at Felbridge Showground, East Grinstead, winning both the 50cm and 60cm show jumping classes, and coming 3rd in the 70cm, qualifying for the National Regional finals at all three levels. Continue reading
Golf at Seaford is thriving, with more and more students taking up the sport, and using the wonderful facilities we have at the school. And, as we’ve had such fantastic weather recently, we took the opportunity to join Jack Halsey, Seaford’s resident golf professional, on the course, to watch him in action and discuss his career so far, and philosophy on teaching golf. Continue reading