Last week, our Senior Deputy Head and Double Olympian, Mrs Susan Webber visited Taverham Hall to do a couple of hockey coaching sessions with the girls U9, U11 and U13 teams. Mrs Webber who participated at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and captained South Africa at the 2004 Olympics in Athens thoroughly enjoyed the coaching session with this talented group of girls. Mrs Webber was able to teach the students some of the basics of the game and they all were honoured to take notes from the expert.
I am extremely proud to report some outstanding recent achievements by College students. Firstly, after representing both Suffolk and Norfolk in the Junior Development Centre tournaments, a number of Framlingham College students have been selected for this summer’s Junior Regional Performance Centres. These days will see players pitting their skills against the best players in the East of England and vying for selection into the Saxon Tigers squads for both Hi-Pac and Futures Cup in the October half term. The long journey ahead will be an exciting one as they look to emulate the success of our own Kitty McWhirter who has worked her way through the system to recent England U21 selection. This is a magnificent achievement for Kitty who has been extremely disciplined in her approach to training; we are all very proud of her.
The Following ten players have been selected: Alex Emsden, Ben Slaven, Luke Quartermaine, Alex Wheatley, Chris Walwanda, William Hunt, Echezeaux Titley, Flo McWhirter, Tildy Paul and Georgie Seymour.
Head of Hockey Jamie Kingstone is delighted with the standard of hockey at the College and is very excited about the future. Not only have the pupils been busy with their hockey, but Jamie himself has been active in his role as England U18 Boys’ Assistant Coach, preparing the team for the European Championships in Vienna.
Toby Trinder has been invited to join the England Midlands Training Camp at Loughborough this week under the watchful eye of the England Under 18 coaches. Toby played for Northampton Saints in the Academies Under 15 Festival in April. As a result, he has been selected to attend this two-day camp. This is a real honour for Toby and everyone wishes him the best of luck. Ollie Darwell-Taylor was also involved in the festival, scoring a try against Newcastle Falcons. Will Ponty has recently been invited into the Elite Player Development Group at Northampton Saints. He joins up with Cam Greenhall, Luke Quartermaine and Tom Scovell. All of these boys have represented Suffolk and Eastern Counties this season.
Cricketers have been very busy this term and I am delighted that Tim Alexander was selected to play for the Suffolk Independent Schools XI against Essex Under 17s. Tim scored 70 off 59 balls and took 1-11 off 7 overs; his wicket left the scores tied. This was an excellent performance and I know the Essex selectors were very impressed. We have also had a number of pupils representing the county at U14 level and would like to congratulate Ben Boyden who is playing for Suffolk under 14s.
Alongside her success in hockey, Echezeaux Titley has been selected for the regional netball team. To be playing at regional level in two sports is a tremendous achievement and we are looking forward to supporting Sketch through her programme.
Golf is fast becoming very popular once more at the College and we are delighted to have Lottie Whyman leading the way. After securing a place on the England Development Programme she was runner up at the Suffolk County Girls’Championships last week, which sets her up nicely for the Independent Schools Golf Championships at The Shire, London, later this month. She will be entering this tournament along with Jamie Taylor and Will Rix and we wish them good luck.
Tennis has had a huge amount of success with Flo McCausland representing the county at tournaments around the country in last few months. I am sure you will also have received news recently through the Framlingham College Tennis Club that the 1st team have become County Champions again.
Simon Sinclair, Director of Sport
Kitty McWhirter, a year 12 student at Framlingham College, has been selected to play for the England U21 Hockey team in a test series vs Wales Seniors this weekend. The games will take place at Lilleshall National Sports Centre. This is an especially impressive achievement for a 17- year- old student. It will not, however, be the first time Kitty has been asked to play for the U21’s; she was selected to play in a recent series against Germany but withdrew because of her desire to focus on her A/S examinations. This summer is an exciting one for Kitty;with both the U18 European Cup and U21 World Cup looming large in the next couple of months she will be training very hard in the coming weeks to try and impress the selectors for these tournaments.
The Director of Sport at Framlingham College, Mr Simon Sinclair, comments, “We are all very proud of this fantastic achievement. Kitty has put a huge amount of time and effort into her training in the last few months under the guidance of our Head of Hockey, Jamie Kingstone. Kitty is a superb role model for many of our students at the College aspiring to achieve excellence.”
Last weekend saw the visit of The Perse and a series of very tough matches for Framlingham College. The 2nd XI went two goals down early and struggled to recover despite the best efforts of the outstanding Hitchcock in goal, the final result of 5-0, a scoreline that became a familiar theme, despite some battling performance from the lower years. The last game of the day saw the 1st XI produce an excellent second half comeback to overturn a 1-0 deficit. The game was short on clear-cut chances with no penalty corners being awarded in the whole match but Framlingham managed to defend hard in the second half, turning the ball over on numerous occasions to set up counter attack chances. Tim Alexander and Antony Youngman has standout performances at the back, with Alex Hearn and Henry Baldwin in the midfield, proving effective. Gareth Obery scored both the Framingham goals in the second half, his pace and energy caused problems and he was well rewarded. The boys should take a moment to reflect that they had two double Olympians, captains of their country, umpiring what was a very entertaining game of hockey, what more can you ask for as an aspiring young hockey player.
Mr Jamie Kingstone, Head of Hockey
Congratulations to 1st XI captain, Amy Hulley, who has been selected for an England U18 trial after her outstanding school season. She will join the U18 group in their half term camp at Lillelshall National Sports Centre.
Congratulations must also go to Maddy Baker who is yet another of our pupils to join the Suffolk U15 JAC Hockey squad.
Ben Wright, former Framlingham College 1st XI Captain in 2010 and 2011, has been recruited to coach hockey at the College.
Ben played for Harleston Magpies for three years in the National League East Conference and in the season of 2011-2012 he was one of the youngest players ever to score fifteen goals in a season. After this success he was scouted for the 2012-2013 season to play for Southgate Hockey Club in north London in the National Premier League where he has played alongside the likes of Chris Hibbert, a former South African Captain, and Dan Shingles, who played for England and Great Britain.
To have a current National Premier League player coaching at the College is excellent, bringing current ideas to our hockey practices, and we are lucky to have someone of this caliber working for us.
Below: Ben pictured scoring against Ipswich School in February 2011.
Framlingham College’s Kitty McWhirter and 11 other hockey players from across the country attended the Youth Sport Trust’s National Talent Camp at Loughborough University on 3 – 6 January, where they were put through their paces and learnt what it takes to become Olympic champions with sprinter, Darren Campbell. They joined 90 other aspiring young athletes at the sixth national camp, run by leading youth sport charity, the Youth Sport Trust.
Inspired by Team GBs historic success at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, these promising young sports stars reflected on what has been an outstanding year for British sport and use this inspiration to motivate them on their journey into elite sport.
The four day event offered England’s most talented 13-18 year olds insight in the world of performance sport and the harsh reality of the demands and commitment required to be the best in their chosen sport. Seven sports were represented at the 2013 camp with athletes selected to attend from Hockey, Rugby Union, Cycling, Canoeing, Volleyball, Netball, Wheelchair Basketball and a number of athletes across different sports selected by the British Paralympic Association.
Six am starts, two intense training sessions a day, a series of challenging workshops led by leading sports psychologists and athlete mentors and nutritious but basic meals from the camp’s country theme; Nanjing, China, where duck blood soup is the speciality of the region; the athletes are not in for an easy ride. The youngsters will hear from guest speakers including coaches from the England RFU Coaching team; Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree, sports psychologist, Robbie Anderson and mountaineer Bonita Norris; the youngest British woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
In 2007, the camp played host to Olympic Gold medallist rower, Katherine Copeland, who claimed Britain’s fourth rowing gold medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games with doubles partner, Sophie Hosking.
Athens 2004 Olympic Gold medallist and Youth Sport Trust ambassador, Darren Campbell, shared his experiences of his journey to elite sporting success and the pressures of being an elite sport performer.
Saffron Wilford (Y11) and Kitty McWhirter (Y12) selected for England Hockey
Saffron (below) has been selected in a an initial squad of 36 players for further assessment into this year’s England U16 squad. The assessment camp takes place at the Lillelshall National Sports Centre on 16th – 17th November. The camp will include, fitness testing, core skills assessment and decision making in games.
Kitty (below) has been selected in an initial squad of 32 players for assessment into the England U18 squad for this year’s European Cup squad. She will also attend a two day camp at Lillelshall on the same days as Saffron. Kitty has previously represented England at both U16 and U18 age groups, scoring a hat trick on her debut against Scotland.
The 1st XI girls hockey team put on a stunning display on a freezing cold and wet day in Norwich yesterday (Tuesday, 6th November) to qualify for the Regional finals which are to be held on the 27th November.
The girls played three pool matches and the results were as follows: 3-0 victory over Wymondham College (Kitty McWhirter, Jas Lawson, Eve Lawson), 1-1 draw with Bishop Stortford College (Kitty McWhirter) and a resounding 5-0 winagainst Bedford Girls School (Bridget Weller-Poley, Lottie Nickson, Kitty McWhirter x2, Jas Lawson).
The team progressed through the group as winners and had to play the strong Coopers’ Company and Coburn School in the final match. The girls played outstanding hockey, winning 5-0 (Kitty McWhirter x4, Amy Hulley pictured) to progress to the East of England Regional Finals.