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

Celebrating Seaford’s Sporting Success

Sports Awards Dinner Group PhotoBefore half term, the Annual Sports Awards Dinner took place to celebrate the achievements of those pupils that have represented the college in our major sports. Just shy of 100 pupils and staff were present on the evening, which began with welcome drinks in the garden room followed by a group photo on the terraces outside mansion.

After being welcomed by the Headmaster, the guests played “Guess the staff member.” This included 10 questions Continue reading

Seaford’s Emma Teague Selected for England Hockey Masters Side

Emma Teague with the Home Nations trophyMany congratulations to Emma Teague, Head of Girls’ Games at Seaford College, who has just been selected for the England Hockey Masters Over 40s team.

The England Hockey Masters fields a number of different teams for men and women over the age of 40 and beyond.

To get into the England Masters teams Emma had to successfully pass several trials. She said: “I play for a club called Trojans in Southampton, and one of the players there was playing for the Masters team. She said I should go for it, and hence my old age, I did. I went to the trials, got selected into the squad of 16, and now I’ve got lots of tournaments lined up.”

She played in her first tournament in the Channel Islands, and she has just got back from the Home Nations tournament in Wakefield. She and the England team won the tournament, defeating Ireland 4-1, drawing with Scotland 0-0 and beating Wales by the impressive margin of 8-0. In August she will compete Continue reading

Seaford Hockey Captain Gets the England Call

Seaford Hockey Captain Lauire Bowden in actionLaurie Bowden, an Upper Sixth student at Seaford College, has just been selected for the England U18s hockey team. Laurie has been a pupil at Seaford since Year 9, and he progressed through the various county and regional sides to play for England U16s. He has now had the call up for the England U18s, and has aspirations to reach the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

It was something that the talented Sixth Form student was not expecting. Laurie said: ‘I found out two weeks ago and I was really happy, I really wasn’t expecting it. I had been ill for six weeks and unable to practice, so it was a bit of a surprise.’

Laurie is very down to earth about his success, and offered advice to those hoping to follow Continue reading

Seaford U14s Win West Sussex U14s Boys Hockey Tournament

U14s Winning Hockey TeamThe U14A Hockey team looked forward to their first home West Sussex tournament after a frozen pitch prevented play the week before. This time the boys were focused and determined to play well. The introduction of four Year 8s into the team allowed added strength and additional positional options.

The first match was against local opposition, Bishop Luffa. Within the match some fantastic hockey was played, with the team moving the ball around and attacking down both channels. Many chances were created and goals from Matthew Burroughs, Isaac Thorneley and Caspar Hanbury put Seaford in a commanding position and eventual 3-0 winners.

In the second fixture Seaford played Lancing. Early in the game the ball was going from end to end with both teams challenging, however it was Seaford who stepped up a gear and scored a well worked goal from Isaac Mitchinson. Isaac and Wills Leleu dominated midfield and allowed Dominic Easton and Johnny Pardey to attack with pace down the wings. Seaford continued to press and forced errors in Lancing’s half, only for Seaford to pounce Continue reading

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

Meet Steve Paxton – Man of Many Talents

Steve Paxton
Steve Paxton the Seaford College hockey coach represented his country South Africa for several years before turning to coaching hockey internationally for the SA ladies squad. He joined Seaford in 2011 to continue to nurture progress in their run of success on the pitch and has enjoyed a career of 22 years in the game playing and coaching. Steve is housemaster to 40 pupils at Seaford and has very useful links to hockey foundations internationally. Like so many gifted sportsman, Steve had a choice in which sport to pursue as a child. He was school buddies with Jonty Rhodes the SA cricket batsman and possibly the best fielder the game has seen. In a chat aged 18, Jonty confirmed that he would be staying with cricket whilst Steve suggested hockey was for him.

Have you always enjoyed sport?
Football was my life growing up in Africa as my dad played professionally for Huddersfield when he was younger. At the same time I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to ride a champion showjumping horse. It was ever so easy riding such a great horse, all I had to do was guide him through the right combinations and he would do the rest. During that period I was so busy representing my country at football and riding that my school work never really peaked!

 

Did you always know that hockey would be your sport?
Football was what I dreamt of playing professionally and it nearly came to fruition but we then moved further south in Africa and my chance was gone. I changed my outlook and decided to take on the challenge of hockey and cricket, and within three years I was representing my country in hockey and county at cricket. My best memory of when I had to choose between hockey and cricket was when I spoke to my team-mate Jonty Rhodes and he said he was going to stick with cricket. I said “no thanks, five days in the sun over and over again; not for me” – look at what he achieved in his career! At school I was so busy with sport – scratch golfer, number one at tennis, cricket captain, hockey captain, basketball team, swimming team . . . I nearly forgot that education was more important than the sporting achievements I was striving for!

 

Has anyone inspired you in your sporting career?
At the early stages of my hockey career I was always interested in coaching and my mentor Brian Edwards was, I believe, one of the best tactical coaches in the world. At 18 I started coaching various teams and very soon was coaching and playing for the provincial side and coaching the ladies provincial squad, then being chosen to coach the ladies national team. I did Civil Engineering after school but was still more interested in sport than anything else. I eventually retired from playing competitively and concentrated only on coaching.
How did you get to coach at Seaford College?
After two World Cups as head coach and an international career (playing and coaching) spanning 22 years, my family and I were very lucky to be offered a teaching position in the UK at a school in East Sussex, and to coach university and club teams. We spent three years there and the school won every age group county title for boys in the same year (both my sons were members of the teams that year – made me very proud). I then moved to Seaford College and we implemented my five-year plan in 2011-12. This year has been a record-breaking one for hockey at Seaford. Our plan has the community at heart and we can see that by the free master class sessions for prep schools held every year, and the links with USA universities for all local pupils to have the option to receive a scholarship from the university and have that university as an option when they leave school. This is just a small part of the overall plan. My wife Angie and I are also house parents to 40 plus boys at Seaford College and love every minute of our job.

 

What is the best memory of your career?
During my career I have coached in North America and consulted to Barbados and Gibraltar Hockey, and come across some amazing athletes. My best memory was when I was coaching at a World Cup in Germany. After a day’s play I was sitting with the German ladies coach and asked him “why do you have so many video technicians at your games?”. I will never forget his reply: “Do you want to win this game or not? It’s too late to analyse why you lost after the game. I have my staff analyse the opposition while the game is progressing; they see their habits and plays and report back to me, which I then tell the players who can then counter them and go on to win this game – not the next.” This put my coaching methods on a totally different track.