Hockey at Bede's Prep

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Our Hockey ethos is simple - enjoyment and progression.

Our mission is to furnish players with the knowledge of individual techniques and decision-making to enhance their opportunity to play with distinction.  We aim to ensure that our sessions create a positive hockey experience and consider technique to be vital.

The Bede's Hockey programme starts from Reception and runs through to Year 8, continuing at the Senior School under Director of Hockey and England Hockey coach Kevin Johnson who also helps to coach our Prep School teams.

Our coaching principles are to reinforce the basic skills of Hockey and establish sound technique while encouraging, progressing and supporting all of our players to achieve the highest individual standards possible.

We work on individual skill sets and squad skills sets too, including via unopposed play, conditioned defence, fully-opposed play and small-sided conditioned games. Sessions then finish with a period of uninterrupted free-play to stimulate competition, improve the specific physical condition of the players, maintain motivation and encourage the transfer of the content learned in practices to match conditions.

Our Juniors are coached hockey in the Sports Hall, which is a fantastic environment to learn in - warm, bright, flat and large: all factors that are very helpful for beginners. 

We also play at the Senior School and at The Saffrons, on astroturf, as the children grow up and move through the Prep School's various year groups.

Aside from playing against other Prep Schools in the area, we also work with Eastbourne Hockey Club and take part in the IAPS and Yazhoo competitions alongside many others. 

Petch Lenham
I am motivated not only by an infectious love of sport but also by a desire to see as many children as possible physically and mentally empowered.

Petch Lenham, Head of Prep School Hockey and Cricket and Head of Senior Girls' Cricket

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