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.
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 Jon Williams, Theo Dowse and Petch Lenham. All three have extensive hockey experience both playing and coaching. Jon Williams is both a former international player and coach: who has has led successful hockey programmes in England, New Zealand and Portugal. Alongside being Director of Hockey at Bede’s, Jon currently coaches at Brighton & Hove Hockey Club and the USA indoor team.
Theo Dowse is an ex-England junior international goalkeeper as well as currently goalkeeping coach for the Wales Senior Women’s 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 alumni who have come through the Bede’s Hockey Programme include Dilly Newton (England and Great Britain senior international), Theo Dowse (England U21 international) and Alicia Caillard (England and Great Britain U21 international).