Hockey at Surbiton High School is growing in popularity and is well established amongst the co-curricular activities.
There is currently a 1st XI and a 2nd XI designed to cater for those who want to go on and compete and for those who want to play at a social level. These teams play over the Autumn and Spring Terms. The first term has a competition focus, while the second term is more relaxed to allow the girls to focus on academics. We have a competitive fixture list, playing against local schools such as Kingston Grammar School, City of London Freemans, St George's College, and compete in the England hockey schools' competitions. This season, all of our 1st XI qualified for the South of England schools' competition due to their performance at a county level. The girls are encouraged to play ladies hockey at local clubs and therefore Saturday commitments are limited. Members of our first team represent the JRPC and JAC in the area.
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 a fantastic 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 the 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. When required, due to extra fixtures, 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. In 2014, the senior hockey team will visit Ivy league Harvard, Columbia and Princeton as part of their senior hockey tour to the USA.
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. I strongly believe 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.