Michaelmas Pre Season Training

29 Aug 2017

Pre-Season U13 Hockey Training Michaelmas 2017
Friday 1st September: 9:30am - 3:30pm (Astro)

Pre-Season U13 Rugby Training Michaelmas 2017
Friday 1st September: 9:30am - 3:30pm (Grass)

Pre-Season U11 Hockey Training Michaelmas 2017
Tuesday 5th September: 4:00pm - 6:30pm (Astro)

Pre-Season Year 6 Rugby Training Michaelmas 2017
Tuesday 5th September: 4:00pm - 6:30pm (Grass)

I trust that you are enjoying an excellent summer break. We are very much looking forward to seeing the children at pre-season Hockey and Rugby training as detailed above. The sessions are not compulsory, but we hope as many as possible will be able to attend, it is a very positive way to start the term, get fit, hone skills and begin to feel involved with the Witham teams. However, should this not be possible then please kindly email Mr Wills (swills@withamhall.com) or Mrs Tarver (jtarver@withamhall.com). Should the weather be particularly bad making training unrealistic, a cancellation email will be sent by 1800 on Thursday 31st August for the seniors and by 1200 on Tuesday 5th September for the U11s; a notice will also be placed on the website.

Please note the following:

Kit: All children should wear Witham Hall sports kit for pre-season. Boys must remember their rugby studs (please ‘wear in’ new boots beforehand and remember to bring stud keys!) and girls their astros/indoor trainers and shin pads. Please bring both indoor and outdoor trainers in case of variable weather, as well as waterproofs/skins/hats/sun-cream based on the weather forecast nearer the time. A reminder that all Games and PE kit must be stored in a large blue string bag when in the changing rooms and a smaller blue string bag is also necessary to store school uniform in whilst changed. These are available in the school shop.

Food/drink: All children should bring a packed lunch, drink and snacks. Slow release energy foods are useful. With regard to the Tuesday training, tea will be provided for weekly boarders choosing to stay the night at school.

Gum Shields: These will be handed out at the beginning of training. If your child opted out of the OPRO fitting then please make sure they have an alternative one available for pre-season.

The Senior Rugby Coaches this term will be:

1st XII: Mr A.C. Welch
2nd XII: Mr M. Lightbown
3rd XII: Mr D. J. Holmes

The Senior Hockey Coaches this term will be:

1st VII: Mr M. Gent
2nd VII: Mrs K. Hewlett
3rd VII: Mrs J. Welch

Coaching and matches: Much of the coaching will be done all together under the direction of the lead coaches. There is a full Wednesday/Saturday fixture programme for all teams as detailed in the School Calendar.

U13 Sport Tours 2017

Hockey: the 1st VII team will be travelling to Felsted School and Orwell Park for their fixtures, departing on Friday 8th September and returning on Sunday 10th September

Rugby: The 1st XIII team will be travelling to Yorkshire, to play Woodhouse Grove on Saturday 9th September, and then participate in Sedbergh Rugby Festival on Sunday 10th September. They will depart on Saturday 9th and return on Sunday 10th September.

Given the tour dates, selection will necessarily be made very early in the school term.