Elite Hockey players at Bede’s enjoy bespoke programmes put together on an entirely case-by-case basis.
Known as the Performance Pathway, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to this provision, with coaching made relevant to the stage a player is at in their personal development with tailored Strength and Conditioning, small-group and one-to-one sessions available depending on what is most appropriate for a particular individual.
As a one-time England Hockey coach myself, and current coach of the Wales Ladies' national team, I have the bonus of being at the very top of the national pathway.
I worked my way up as a development coach through the U16, U18 and U21 England squads through to the Senior Teams for both men and women, and I’ve never forgotten that I started playing the game because I love the game.
In the Bede’s Hockey Academy, we follow the same structures and use the same strategies as those used by the very elite in English Hockey, and all the while we work hard to ensure players love the game and get life-long enjoyment from it.
From the First Year through to the Sixth Form, this can often mean specialist and individualised coaching and Strength and Conditioning within the School timetable as well as support and training to become an umpire, leader and coach.
Irrespective of gender and age – depending on skill level – girls and boys in our Performance Programme can train year round and enjoy up to 20 hours a week of Hockey.
Between their work at Bede’s and their time with their local Hockey Club, this means that a top-level player at Bede’s will receive more attention, advice and training than the average adult representing one of our nation’s County 1st teams.
When framed in those terms, it is easy to imagine while the Performance Pathway in the Bede’s Hockey Academy is considered to be one of the jewels in the School’s crown.
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.
Performance Pathway 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