Our innovative Hockey programme, centred around the individual, offers pupils an unrivalled coaching provision across all three terms.

We pride ourselves on developing individuals to play hockey for life, be it at local club/university level, senior international players or anything in between.

We have current pupils representing their clubs, counties, performance centres and competing in the Futures Cup, with a handful of international representatives joined up to a school programme that enables them to thrive in all environments.

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Bede’s is committed to offering both a Participation and Performance pathway, and first and foremost Hockey is encouraged as an activity which pupils can enjoy during their school years and beyond. We therefore ensure that all pupils who want to take part in the hockey programme can do so regardless of ability, and in the spirit of inclusivity offer playing opportunities during all three terms.

Our Hockey Programme is led by Theo Dowse, Jon Williams and Petch Lenham. All three have extensive hockey experience both playing and coaching. Theo Dowse is a former England U21 International Goalkeeper and alongside being Director of Hockey at Bede’s, Theo is currently the Performance Analyst & Goalkeeper Coach for the Wales Senior Women’s team.

Jon Williams is both a former international player and coach: who has has led successful hockey programmes in England, New Zealand and Portugal. Alongside his role at the school, Jon currently coaches at Brighton & Hove Hockey Club and the USA indoor team. Petch Lenham has previously played National League Hockey and has led our successful Prep School Hockey Programme and now combines this role with her Senior School coaching. Both Theo and Petch coach our club links teams at the weekend, offering integrated coaching for pupils who opt to compete for club and school.

Notable recent international athletes who who have come through the Bede’s Hockey Programme include Dilly Newton (England and Great Britain senior international), Theo Dowse (England U21 international), Alicia Caillard (England and Great Britain U21 international), Ryana Macdonald-Gay (England U18), Matilda Collins (Wales U16) and Elizabeth Morgan (Wales U16).

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