Sports

We are pleased to announce that we will continue to take the Year 7-11 students off-site for their sports lessons this term. We are delighted to be able to enhance our sports provision by taking the students to other venues such as the Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Complex.

Learn more

HCH Students teamInstead of requiring HCH pupils to strive on a traditional, relatively narrow games diet – for example, rugby for the Autumn Term, hockey for the Spring Term and cricket for the Summer Term – we would prefer them to gain basic proficiency in a much wider range of supervised activities. These naturally include core national sports like soccer, rugby, hockey and cricket, but we are developing a programme which will enhance this range by including activities as diverse as cycling, archery, judo, kayaking, skulling and rowing, golf, swimming, athletics and X-country, lawn bowls, badminton, tennis, basketball and softball.

In many schools, sport is organised on a large scale along relatively limited avenues. The advantage of this approach is the team ethos which develops from having a fixture list and a selection regime for different age groups. At HCH, while we want to be able to offer team experiences, we are particularly keen to ensure that pupils with obvious talent have the opportunity to play in appropriate team contexts. However, the right context for talented youngsters is often a particular sports club where expert coaching is available on a regular basis. With such clubs we are currently consulting and developing relationships.

With national standard competitors in ice skating and gymnastics among our pupils (who clearly benefit from the freedom and flexibility of our approach to sport), we are keen to create a sport and activities programme which helps to identify and foster the aptitude for excellence in some sports, but which is geared to offering variety of experience (rather than quantity or intensity) to most students.

At present, a wide range of sporting options is already available and Hampton Court House participates in rugby, football, judo, cricket and tennis matches with other local schools. Children receive coaching in netball, basketball, football, hockey, cricket, tennis, softball, badminton, table tennis and swimming. In addition to our own grounds, we use facilities in Bushy Park. Swimming currently takes place in Imber Court Sports Club.

Related News

Upper years girls coached by World Champion Katey Byrd

The girls in Years 9 to 11 enjoyed their first rowing lesson of the year. The high ratio of coaches to pupils means the girls receive intensive coaching during the two-hour period they spend at Molesey Boat Club, with a mix of rowing on the river, technical training in the indoor tank and functional... strength work in the gym. The expert coaches include Katey Byrd, who has been selected to represent Ireland in the Olympic Weightlifting World Championships in Thailand at the end of this month. Katey will be competing in the 71kg weight category and is Ireland’s only competitor at the World Championships. As an accomplished athlete and strength and conditioning coach, Katey is a wonderful mentor for the upper years girls.


See more

Middle and Upper Years Sports Day 2019

The sun was shining on another successful Middle and Upper Years sports day yesterday. This year the event was held at school with a selection of new events for pupils and their families to enjoy. Our school houses; Garrick, Halifax, Twining and Wright competed in track and field events for years 5 &... 6, 7 & 8, and 9 to 13 heats and finals. Old favourites like the 200m relay, javelin and sprint races were accompanied by new competitions such as shot put relay, 60m sprint and triple jump. The focus of this year was not on results and medals but on technical merit with prizes awarded to individuals who demonstrated the best technical competency irrespective of their place in the competition. The highlight of the day was the final event, the five minute run, which was new for 2019. Four representatives of each house ran as many laps as possible for five minutes with points distributed for the amount of laps run. The competition was nail-biting as the narrow point difference between each house meant there was a jostle for places throughout the afternoon but as the final scores were announced it was clear that the winning house was Wright with 637 points.

Technical certificates were awarded to:
Javelin – Maya Y7
Discus – Saurin Y8
Discus Bowl – Ben T Y6
Shot – Ulvi Y8
Baton change – Ben Y6, Mohammed Y6, Filip Y6, and Cora Y5
Triple Jump – Freddie Y10
Long Jump – Anna Y6

See more

Early and Lower Years Sponsored Run for Refugee Children

Children from Pre-Nursery to Year 4 took part in the sponsored run on Wednesday 22nd May to raise money for the first school in France to be set up within a refugee shelter, in Ivry-sue-Seine. This camp has welcomed families since 2015 and the school helps the children to learn French and adapt to French... culture. The children generally stay between two weeks and two months in this school before finding a more permanent place to stay and integrating into a public school. Unfortunately, the children’s shoes are usually in very poor condition when they arrive at the refugee shelter, having travelled far from Africa or the Middle East to escape war and famine.

Some Year 9 children from HCH gave a presentation on this school in an assembly and are raising money through an online platform as well as through the bake sale that was held on Monday 13th May. We are now adding to their efforts by contributing proceeds from the Run for Refugee Children. The Year 9 pupils will use the donations to buy shoes and will send them directly to the refugee shelter.
It was a joy to watch our youngest pupils take part in the sponsored run with such a firm understanding of the cause they are fundraising for. The pupils rose to the challenge and even our youngest students in Nursery and Reception class managed to run in excess of 20 laps of the field.

See more

Sports Day 2018

The Middle and Upper Years Sports day was held at the Xcel centre in Walton. With the sun shining bright, the action kicked off with a commanding win from Ryan in year 9 storming to first place in the 100m with a time of 13.28 seconds.

During the 800m, where we saw an impressive performance from Dylan... in Year 9, taking control of the race from the go developing and maintaining a clear lead. In the Year 7 and 8 girls 800m we were treated to a fantastic race in which Hope took a confidant lead to only be over taken by Zoe with 30 m to go.

It was all go on field as well with William B in Year 10 throwing 16.25m in the Javelin. Ana in year 6, known for her sprinting jumped 3.87m. The high jump made its first appearance at a HCH sports day and the performance of the day come from Alexis in Year 9 who cleared 1.35m to win the event.

The afternoon was capped with competitive 4x100m relay for each age group.

Well done to all competitors for a fantastic sporting display. This year’s sports day winning house was Wright.

See more

Year 6 Netball Team

On Tuesday 10 October, the Y6 netball team played in a match against the U11C team from Newland House School.

It has been great to see the girls’ enthusiasm for netball continue to grow this year, as numerous breaks and lunch times are spent on the netball court practising their shooting, footwork... and ball skills. Eager to return to the court after a long rest over the summer, the girls played with determination and focus to gain possession of the ball for the majority of the game.

The HCH girls dominated the game throughout all four quarters. Although, during the first quarter, the girls began to follow the ball around the court, rather than finding space and passing into it. However, as the game progressed, it was clear to see that they were trying to make accurate passes into space, which allowed the ball to travel efficiently into the circle, where Ana managed to score 4 goals in total.

A great success considering it was their first match of the season, followed by a lovely sociable tea between the two teams!

Team: Stacy (Captain), Lily, Ana, Maria, Julie, Zara, Vivian and Savannah.

Player of the match: Ana

See more

Upper Years Netball Match

On Wednesday 20 September, the Years 9-11 ‘A’ team played in a netball fixture against Thames Christian College (TCC). It was the first match of the season and with new members joining the team, the HCH girls didn’t quite know what to expect. HCH started with a particularly strong set of passes... and communication with some goals scored quite early on by Krystyna, Romane and Katie. Poppy and Dimitra were as strong as ever with their interceptions in the defensive third and managed to stop TCC getting the ball into the circle. Scarlett, who was playing centre in the first part of the match did particularly well at getting free from her opponent in both the attacking, centre and defensive thirds and is to be commended for her excellent communication with the rest of the team. Fia made her way on to the court for the first time representing HCH and was very strong in creating space and intercepting numerous balls as WD. Beth and Grace, being such versatile players succeeded with any challenges that came their way!

Overall the girls played very well considering it was their first match as a team and of the season! However, there is plenty more work to be done as the score could have been a lot higher!

Well done girls, keep up the hard work!

Team – Dimitra (captain), Grace, Poppy, Romane, Krystyna, Scarlett, Beth, Fia and Katie

Player of the match – Scarlett

See more

Staff vs. Students Cricket Matches

On Thursday 6th July, Hampton Court House witnessed a sporting event of such epic proportions that Wimbledon paled in comparison. The ever-enthralling Staff versus Students Cricket Match took on an added layer of grit as the fixture became the inaugural Staff vs. Sixth Form Match.

After choosing to... bowl first, student skipper Haydn Roberts sent down the first over to Graham Ainge and a regular pattern of fours and sixes was established. Graham raced past his half century before showing the kind of charity Haydn is known for and retiring. This brought Caroline Wass to the crease, who displayed remarkable cultural sensitivity in learning the most British of sports. After a roller coaster 15 overs, the staff amassed 196, with Selwyn Leamy ensuring that his last innings as a member of staff was as powerful as his art lessons.

Then it was the Sixth Form’s turn to bat. The first over, delivered by Tom Robson, gave a good indication of the trouble to come. Bob delivered the second over, and it was soon apparent that Hope is a dangerous thing. Three wickets in an over showed how deadly his variations are and the Sixth Form run chase was derailed. Some lusty blows from the lower order breathed some life into the chase and they finished on 100.

It was a fantastic occasion – a wonderful atmosphere and played in good spirits.

See more