Mill Hill pupils have been putting in the extra yards this summer as part of Mill Hill School’s preseason programme.
Smashing all previous records over 300 Hockey and Rugby players came in over their summer holidays to work with our top school coaches focusing on core skills and conditioning.
“To have so many pupils come in on their time off to prepare for the season ahead shows just how popular school sport is here at Mill Hill. The training was hard and pupils have had an opportunity to work with some of our top sports coaches new and old. I look forward to seeing the impact a well-organised preseason can have on our teams this season. A huge thank you to our coaches who have ran such fantastic sessions” – Mr Liffchak, Director of Sport
Mill Hill rugby players have been working hard over the summer holidays preparing for the start of what will be a special season at Mill Hill celebrating our 150th anniversary of playing rugby.
Pupils new and old were given the opportunity to work alongside our top coaches developing our Mill Hill rugby playing identity whilst getting back into shape.
For the U16 & 1st XV this preseason culminated in a festival hosted by Mill Hill and St Albans School respectively. Both teams winning the majority of their matches and demonstrating how much they had learnt throughout the preseason period. This preparation has clearly worked as both teams went onto comfortable wins vs Queen Elizabeth Boys School last weekend.
The 1st XV shirt presentation took place the evening before their first fixture v QE Boys with London Scottish and England 7s Professional Rugby Player Mark Bright awarding the selected 1st XV their new playing shirts. With over 60 parents, pupils and staff in attendance it was fantastic to hear from Mark about his experiences and overcoming his challenges on his journey to becoming a professional rugby player.
“I was blown away by the standard of coaching and players at our first preseason session. Being new to the school, it was great to meet other pupils and make friends before the start of the year.” – Daniel, Sixth Form Pupil, Winfield House
This year saw over 100 of our hockey girls out on the turf over a three day training period. This was a great opportunity for new Fourth Formers to bond on and off the turf whilst developing their hockey skills.
We were incredibly lucky to be joined by Dr Hannah Macleod for the Saturday session. Hannah won Gold at the Rio Olympics and brought her medal in, allowing the girls to hold it and ask questions about life as an Olympian. To end the day Hannah awarded the Shirts to last year’s 1st XI players.
“We had so much fun working with our new hockey coaches and training hard alongside our friends. To get an opportunity to hold an Olympic gold medal was a dream come true! I can’t wait for our first hockey fixture this weekend” – Chloe, Remove Pupil, School House
We have an exciting season ahead of us with a good fixture list for all years starting this weekend with 1st XI vs Aldenham (Away), U15a & U14a vs Bancroft (Home) and U14b vs Dame Alice Owens (away).
On Foundation Day, 21 September, we look forward to seeing a very competitive afternoon of Inter-House Hockey and welcome your support of the girls through the season.