Boys' and Girls' Games
Girls: Locally and regionally Witham has an enviable reputation for Hockey, not only playing strongly in regular fixtures but also in county and IAPS competitions. From Year 3-8 the girls learn hockey skills developing their appreciation of match play through small-sided games, mini hockey and then ultimately progress to the full sided game. There are plentiful matches for teams of all ability levels on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons played either on the Witham AstroTurf pitch or at other local schools. Witham also runs its own U10 and U9 Hockey Tournaments and has an annual tour for those at the top of the school. Most importantly the children receive coaching from a team of staff with significant expertise.
Stop Press – October 2016: Witham U11A and 1st VII runners up at Oakham Hockey Tournament
Stop Press – September 2017: Witham U11A team win the Laxton Hockey Tournament
Boys: There is enormous enthusiasm for the game of Rugby at Witham Hall. In year 3 the boys enjoy playing the VII a side game and then progress over the years all the way through to the full XIII a side game. Matches against other schools, for all boys, are arranged on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons; a tour is held in September each year for those at the top of the school and in March the extended rugby year culminates with the IAPS National Small Schools 7's Tournament. The school boasts four rugby pitches set in beautiful grounds and the teaching team is led by the Headmaster Mr Charles Welch ably supported by experienced and newly qualified staff.
Stop Press – March 2016: Witham 1st VII placed 4th at IAPS National Small Schools Rugby Tournament
Stop Press – September 2017: Witham Colts A are Runners-up at Laxton Tournament
Girls: Witham offers a Netball programme that is led by ex-England international Jo Welch. Both staff and children benefit from her expertise. Training for the Netball term starts with evening clubs in the Michaelmas Term and a lunch time goal shooting club that welcomes all Netball enthusiasts. In the younger years, pupils work towards learning the game of High Five, progressing to the full seven a side game in the Prep school. Teams of all ability levels participate in matches on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons and compete in tournaments, including the Oakham Festival and IAPS Regional Tournaments. Our teams have achieved much success over a number of years.
Stop Press – January 2017: Witham U13A Girls win Kimbolton Tournament
Stop Press – March 2017: U11A IAPS small school tournament runners up
Stop Press – February 2017: U11B team win the Stamford Tournament
Stop Press – March 2017: U11B team win the Leicester Grammar Tournament
Stop Press – March 2017: U10A team win the Leicester Grammar Tournament
Stop Press – March 2017: U9A team win the Bedford Modern High Five Tournament
Boys: From year 3 to year 6 the boys play Football on their games afternoons. They progress from small-sided games to the 7 a side version, recommended by the FA for children of this age. As well as the Colts taking part in the U11 IAPS Tournament and a Colts tour, Witham also runs its own Colts Football Festival for those that might not have the opportunity to participate in other competitions. In years 7&8 the boys play Hockey: they are prepared for this in PE lessons and many are keen and attend evening clubs too. The school normally runs three senior, XI/VII a side teams, all of which have regular matches. The most proficient enter IAPS and County Competitions and other local mini hockey tournaments.
Stop Press - February 2016: Witham U11A boys County Hockey Champions
Stop Press - March 2016: Witham U13A boys County Hockey Runners Up and represent Lincolnshire at the Regional Hockey Finals
Girls: In the summer the girls enjoy Rounders in the beautiful grounds at Witham. Skills are taught during Tuesday, Thursday and Friday games afternoons and matches for all ability levels are played on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons. Teams also take part in IAPS and Royal National Children’s Foundation competitions and have once again enjoyed success at a high level. From Year 3 to 8 the girls learn a wide spectrum of skills in Rounders, from batting to fielding to bowling, all areas are covered. The children have many opportunities to put these skills into practice in our inter-school fixtures programme for all abilities.
Stop Press – June 2016: Witham U11A win the IAPS Rounders Final to become National Champions.
Stop Press – June 2016: Witham 1st IX place 3rd in the Royal National Children’s Foundation National Competition.
Stop Press – June 2016: Witham U11A Rounders team are undefeated!
Stop Press – June 2017: 1st IX are undefeated in inter-school matches
Stop Press – June 2017: U11A team are National Runners Up in IAPS Competition
Stop Press – June 2017: Bella Fox awarded National IAPS Player of the Tournament
Stop Press – June 2017: U9A win the Laxton Tournament
Boys: The boys are introduced to the game of Cricket in year 3&4 in the form of 'Kwik' Cricket - matches are played in a paired format that allow all the boys to try out all possible roles on the pitch. From year 5-8 the boys progress to the hardball XI a side format, although at times some B&C teams still use the very useful paired format ,even though they are playing a hardball game. For the senior boys Witham runs its own mini tournament at the beginning of the season and also enters the Royal National Children’s Foundation Competition; at Colts (U11) level, tournaments are entered at Stowe, Uppingham and Rugby, leading to a full and varied programme.
Stop Press – April 2016: Witham 1st XI place 3rd in the Witham Hall Cricket Festival