The Hockey season for Bede’s girls starts with Pre-Season Training for our Performance Pathway players at the end of the Summer Holidays.
For our other girls, sports trials take place during the first week of term with the expectation being that most girls at Bede’s will join our Participation Pathway.
In the First Year, this will see all the girls joining an U14 Squad which will train together all season, including during Physical Education lessons in the Autumn Term; between PE lessons, lunchtime training and Hockey Academy training in the Co-Curricular Programme this can mean up to 10 hours a week of training – should a given girl wish to play that much Hockey!
As with everything at Bede’s, our priority is to put the individual first, so although our U14A girls may train more than those in the U14Bs or Cs, there is nothing stopping girls at any level playing more Hockey should they so choose. Also, through training with the Bede’s Prep Hockey teams during Years 6, 7 and 8 I may well know these girls and have made provision for personalised training plans.
Otherwise during the First Year, our Hockey coaches will guide and support girls looking to join a local Hockey Club to make a choice that will suit them best, encouraging them to take part in a range of fixtures both inside and outside of School whether that be for the likes of Eastbourne Hockey Club, Lewes Hockey Club or East Grinstead Hockey Club.
From the U15s upwards, girls can then start to play up – to 1st XI level if they have the talent, drive and desire to do so – with Bede’s always prioritising individual development, fun and team spirit over score lines alone.
Naturally, with many girls in our top teams being part of our Performance Pathway, our teams do tend to enjoy successes in local and regional tournaments as well as a significant number of in-week fixtures, and once the Autumn Term is over those girls who so choose can continue to play Hockey during the Boys’ Hockey season.
“ A large part of my life has been dedicated to proving that careers in Hockey are completely possible for those with drive, talent and determination. ”
Kevin Johnson, Director of Hockey and Teacher of Physical Education
4 June 2019
Freya Kemp, Izzy Atherton and Mimi Cisotti are celebrating fantastic successes in Cricket and Hockey.
21 February 2019
Kevin will share coaching responsibilities throughout the tournament, which will see GB face New Zealand, Australia and China.
7 November 2018
Over the Half Term, 38 girls from the Senior and Junior Hockey Teams enjoyed a five-day training trip to Porto, Portugal.
Girls' Hockey staff
“A large part of my life has been dedicated to proving that careers in Hockey are completely possible for those with drive, talent and determination.”
Kevin Johnson, Director of Hockey, Teacher of Physical Education and Dorter House Tutor
“I believe that realising each individual’s potential is the ultimate success. Witnessing a pupil achieve a personal milestone is something that is truly special.”
Theo Dowse, Assistant Director of Hockey and Hockey Coach
“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
“I believe that physical fitness is one of the most important keys to a healthy body, and that it forms the basis of a creative, intellectual mind.”
Tony Morriss, Strength and Conditioning Coach