“The construction of our full sized astroturf hockey pitch has revolutionised the teaching and learning of hockey amongst both our boys and girls.”
Hockey at King's Hall
The construction of our full sized astroturf hockey pitch has revolutionised the teaching and learning of hockey amongst both our boys and girls. We have a full fixture list involving teams from the age of eight up to our 1st XI who are twelve or thirteen years of age and all are very competitive. A number of our coaches work across both schools on a regular basis to offer advice and take training sessions. On some match afternoons we have to 'stack' matches three in a row in order to play all the games on our astroturf pitch.
Girls' hockey is played at King’s Hall in the Michaelmas Term, on a sand-dressed artificial turf pitch, which was built in 2007. The girls play 7-a-side from Year 3 through to Year 8. The main aim of the teaching programme is for the girls to learn the skills of the game in an enjoyable and positive manner. Individual skills are taught, reinforced and transferred into game situations, promoting a sense of achievement and progress.
Talent is recognised and pupils are put forward to trial for the Junior Development Course, where they can be selected to attend the Junior Academy Course and ultimately gain county selection and beyond. We regularly have girls achieving selection for the JDC and JAC groups.
Progress & Achievement
Currently, there are six staff coaching across the six year groups, overseeing 13 teams. Matches are played from Year 4 upwards, with Year 3 participating in a Festival of Hockey with local schools. In each year group, all girls will represent the school at their own level. Recognition of performance is important: end of term awards are made for progress and achievement. In addition, Junior Colours, Senior Colours and Major Colours are awarded to deserving players.
Throughout the year, we run hockey sessions called Hockey Nippers, aimed at boys and girls aged 3-7 years who wish to come along, have fun and develop their hockey.
We will focus on fundamental movements and skills required to play hockey in a fun decision rich environment. The sessions will be led by England Hockey qualified coaches.
Sessions are weekly during term time but not the last Friday in the term. Block 1 September 6th 2019 - 11th October 2019 (no session for 18th, 25th Oct or 1st Nov) - £20 for the block per child Block 2 November 8th 2019 - 13 December 2019 - £20 for the block per childBook here