The hockey programme at Surbiton High School has been growing from strength to strength. The ability to offer a nationally competitive programme whilst supporting academics and other top-level sports gives students the opportunity to experience a wide range of activities in becoming a multi-skilled student-athlete.
Choice is a huge part of the hockey programme at Surbiton High School. We believe that the choice to decide how much you want to do and when affords pupils the opportunity to pave their own path. All the research suggests this engagement leads to lifelong participation and continuing motivation in sport. The School’s role in this is to support this process with tailor-made provision in a fun and immersive team environment.
|Our target with participation levels is to make participating as easy as possible. With so many activities on offer, it is important our students feel that sport is accessible without becoming too onerous. Minimise the clashes and maximise the fun!||
As a whole school initiative, tailor-made provision allows us to cater for the needs of the individual. Out multi skilled athletes mean that no two programs are the same.
In the lower school there are regular Saturday morning fixtures. This tappers as the students get older to create opportunity for ladies’ club hockey commitment.
The Coaching Team
Hockey is supported by full time PE teachers, part time hockey coaches and members of the academic teaching staff. The staff are active members of the hockey community, playing for various clubs in the area.
Our external coaches are heavily involved in hockey themselves, ranging from ex-international, current Investec Premier League hockey to current club/university coaches. Their support provides tailored and experienced provision.
Surbiton High have two all-weather astroturf pitches at the Hinchley Wood Sports Ground.
Teams are named rather than numbered to create less of a hierarchal system. This also allows the players to feel part of something rather than constantly judging themselves by the level. Our participation players often play at a perceived higher level. Our U14 Flyers won the County trophy and our U12 Knights won the County plate. We regularly enter players of this level into A-team competitions and manufacture opportunity for stretch to those who show ambition and ability to transition between levels.
A competitive fixture list is designed to stretch and challenge our students. Our philosophy is to keep the students pushing the edge of their comfort zone and developing the confidence to express themselves on the pitch.
The School are regular competitors at Regional and National competitions. This academic year, all age groups competed at Regional competitions with the U14 Rangers team making it all the way to the National final. In recent years, the School has won multiple Regional tournaments, a National Schools title and back-to-back Independent Schools trophies.
In many cases, the internal competition we provide adds a different spin on the challenge of competing. We regularly have inter-year group and inter-level competitions that helps us understand how our players cope with different types of challenge. At the end of the season, the all-important inter-house hockey competition will sort bragging rights amongst our students.
Surbiton High School have over forty students playing representative hockey at varying levels. Approximately twenty players represent Surrey nd Middlesex Hockey and we could put an entire team out at Regional Performance Centre Level. Our alumnae, Evie W and Alice K have represented England and Holly W represented Scotland at Junior Level whilst current students Freya R, Elani S, Hettie W, Issy Y and Amelie C are all representing England.