Hockey at Surbiton High School is a popular and well established co-curricular activity. A large number of girls take part, both recreationally and competitively, in Years 7-13.
There are currently 16 teams that play over the Autumn and Spring terms. We have a competitive fixture list playing against local schools and compete in the England hockey schools' competitions. This season all of our competitive 11-a-side teams qualified for the South of England schools' competition due to their performances at a county level. Our U15 XI were also named county champions. Each year group has a dedicated coach who takes training and matches, lending their expertise and playing experience to our girls, enabling them to be the best players they can be.
The collective experience of the coaching staff at Surbiton High School is an asset to the School. Ranging from National League players to High Performance coaches there is a wealth of knowledge and experience to inspire young players. Ultimately, the hockey coaches at Surbiton High School love what they do and that shines through in their sessions. Our aim is to help our students get what they want out of sport to achieve the ‘Best in Everyone'. This may be a run around with friends or it may be aspirations to represent Great Britain in an Olympic Games. We will do everything we can to help make this a reality.
We have one of the strongest hockey facilities in the area, with two all-weather pitches based at our Hinchley Wood and Oaken Lane sports grounds. The School also uses facilities at Surbiton Hockey Club and Old Cranleighans Hockey Club. Having so many pitches at our disposal means we can cater for all ages and abilities.
Sports tours can be great experiences that can last a lifetime as well as a perfect way to develop as an athlete. We have a regular Year 8 and 9 tour to the home of the Olympic Hockey Champions, The Netherlands. The seniors also have the option for a long-haul sports tour, most recently to Barbados.
A number of our girls are club players and we encourage as many as possible to join clubs to enhance their playing performance. An advantage of not having a regular Saturday school programme means that our young hockey players can get the best of both worlds. A balance of school sport and club sport is the ideal formula for development and a recipe for some very enjoyable experiences!
The hockey syllabus has been designed to give our students the best possible chance for success, both as teams and individuals. It is closely modelled on the England Hockey Talent ID programme (Single System) in order to prepare our girls for County and Regional Trials. We also have a talent progression programme in place to give those achieving at a representative level the environment needed to push up the England Hockey ladder.