Head of Football: Niall Doherty

Although rugby remains our major boys' winter sport, football was reintroduced in 2009. The school now runs football as a games option for boys in the senior school and we field three representative teams at U18. We also have a thriving football club and coaching programme for junior and middle school pupils.

Our coaches are Niall Doherty (Director of Sport and FA level 2 coach), Harry Markatis ( FA level 2) and Patrick McGuiggan, who has recently qualified as an FA Level 1 coach.

We have two full grass pitches at our West Grove site and exclusive use of a 4G artificial pitch on Mondays and Thursdays.

Coaching takes place for boys on:

  • Monday after school for Removes, L4, and U4 (Yr 8,9,10)
  • Thursdays after School for Thirds (Yr 7)
  • Friday after school for Seniors (year 11 upwards)

We have a very competitive fixture list with regular fixtures against local schools for pupils in the junior and middle schools. In the senior school, fixtures are played against all our local competition, including Forest, Chigwell and Brentwood, and also further afield against St Albans School, Highgate, Merchant Taylor’s School, The Perse, The Leys in Cambridge and Harrow School. There is a short tour for senior boys in the Spring Term. We also enter the First XI into the London Independent Schools FA Cup.

Our philosophy is based on the ‘Pass and Move’ coaching style, which aims to coach and improve talented young footballers. The coaching programme aims to improve a player’s first touch, technique and match play, highlighting the importance of awareness and decision making when playing football. The boys learn to combine speed of play, passing, movement and thoughtfulness in everything they do on the pitch. Throughout this programme, they will also understand the importance of leadership, discipline, responsibility, integrity and teamwork.



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