05 Jan 2016

I trust that you have all had a good break and enjoyed the Christmas festivities. Tomorrow we are looking forward to seeing your children at pre-season netball training (Year 5-8 girls) and hockey training (Year 7&8 boys). While the sessions are not compulsory it is a very positive way to start the term, get fit, hone skills and begin to feel involved with the Witham teams.

Due to staff commitments to other training, pre-season training for your children will now need to take place from 3-5pm for all groups. After 5pm there will be fitness activities in the sports hall for weekly boarders that are staying in school on Tuesday night or for those that have a logistical problem being collected at 5pm. My apologies for the change of times and any inconvenience that this may cause.

Girls: please meet Mrs Welch and Mrs Edwards in the entry area of the sports hall. Boys: please meet Mr Gent at the astro shelter.

KIT FOR BOYS AND GIRLS: all children should wear Witham Sports kit for pre-season. Boys must remember their shin pads (long enough to give adequate protection for hockey) and their mouth guard should they have taken it home. School hockey sticks can be used but please remember your own if that is your preference.


Boys should arrive in trainers with astro boots/alternate clean trainers in hand. Please note that all children using the astroturf may only use it equipped with astro boots or an alternative clean pair of trainers. To keep the astro in good condition shoes are changed directly before play in the astro shelter.

Girls will need their indoor and outdoor trainers.

FOOD/DRINK: ALL children should bring a drink and any snack required.

SUPPLEMENTARY KIT FOR BOYS & GIRLS: depending on the weather please bring a waterproof/change of clothes/warm layers/gloves/hat. U11 girls and senior boys will be outside for all the session.

The Senior Hockey Coaches this term will be:

1st XI: Mr Gent

2nd XI: Mr Wills

3rd XI: Mr Welch

The Senior Netball Coaches this term will be:

1st VII: Mrs Welch

2nd /3rd VII: Mrs Morgan Jones

The U11 Netball Coaches this term will be:

U11A: Mrs Edwards

U11B: Mrs Hewlett

U11C: Miss Stanton/Miss Robinson

Coaching and matches: much coaching will be done altogether under the direction of the lead coaches. There is a full Wednesday/Saturday fixture programme for all teams. Please see the calendar for further details. Please note that recently we have heard that Oakham have cancelled their Rugby/Netball Festivals this year.

We hope as many children as possible will attend pre-season training. However, should this not be possible then please kindly email Mrs Edwards on If your son/daughter is a weekly boarder and you wish him/her to board after pre-season then please can you let Mr Marie know directly and as soon as possible on

CANCELLATION: should the weather be particularly bad making training not worthwhile then a cancellation email will be sent at about 12pm tomorrow and a notice will be placed on the website.