Since 2012, the UK has experienced phenomenal growth in the numbers of people taking up hockey.
At Bedford Girls’ School, the sport is one of the most popular timetabled and co-curricular sporting activities among girls from Years 3 to Upper Sixth.
With expert coaching and our own all weather pitch, we are able to offer a style and pace of play that competes with that of the international game. A far cry from cold, slow afternoon matches on muddy pitches, hockey at Bedford Girls’ school is fast, furious and fun.
Our teams began 2015 winning eight indoor and outdoor county trophies and our A, B, C and D teams are enjoying opportunities and success weekend after weekend.
In common with elite international hockey, we only play on artificial grass or indoors. This speeds up the game dramatically and calls for a much higher level of skill and precision than the old fashioned game. Using modern composite hockey sticks also makes the game far more exciting both to watch and play and its reputation as an exhilarating, action-packed and intelligent game is well deserved.
With five members of PE staff who have played at a high level in the English National League, as well as an experienced external coach, our girls enjoy receiving precisely the right level of coaching for their stage of skill and development.
Dedicated hockey coaching also means we are able to offer hockey all year round, not just through the Autumn Term.
In addition, in keeping with the school’s philosophy of competitive sport for all, we regularly field as many as 20 teams on a single day during tournament season, ensuring everyone can win a place in a team while playing at the right level for them.
In 2012, Bedford Girls’ School began playing in the prestigious Independent Schools Hockey League (Midlands Division) for the first time, facing the region’s premier school sides.
Many of our girls also represent Bedfordshire at Junior Development and Junior Academy level and then are selected for the England Hockey Junior Regional Performance Centre.
Our new High Performance training groups and specialist hockey goalkeeping sessions are actively working to bring more of our elite players through to international level.
National League Hockey
Through strong links, our most talented players have the opportunity to practise and play at Bedford Hockey Club or Southgate Hockey Club. Both Bedford H.C and Southgate H.C are National League clubs, which gives our top players the opportunity to access two term hockey at clubs with excellent facilities and high quality coaching.