Hockey is played in all year groups at King Edward's. It is a major game at the school, alongside rugby and cricket. At U12 level, hockey is offered as a club in the evenings with matches operating throughout the two terms. At U13 level, hockey becomes a games option and this continues throughout the school. Boys who wish to play both hockey and rugby up to senior level are catered for by a priority system, whereby they will play rugby from September to December and hockey from January to March.
Coaching in the sport is at the highest level. Director of Hockey is Michael Johnson who competed at the Sydney and Athens Olympics, winning over 168 international caps. Other international players and coaches are employed throughout the year in order to offer specialised coaching. A number of the teaching staff make a significant contribution to the coaching of hockey. We currently have two premier league hockey players (Cannock and Sutton Coldfield) and two ex-National league hockey players teaching at the school.
The sport is currently thriving. The senior teams have toured to Europe as well visiting South Africa in 2011. There are plans for another major hockey tour in 2014. We reached the semi-finals of the midland rounds of the National Schools competition at U14 and U18 in 2011. Players regularly take part in England Hockey's single system and a number of players play National League hockey at Weekends.
The facilities for the game are exceptional. We currently have shared use of two full sized sand filled hockey pitches on site and a further half sized astroturf pitch for additional training. September 2012 will see the addition of a new FIH approved water based pitch, with purpose built hockey pavilion. There are also plans for a new sports hall, with space for a full sized indoor hockey pitch, to be completed by the end of 2014.
If you are interested in finding out more information about the hockey at King Edward's, please contact Michael Johnson: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Results and current tables for the Warwickshire Hockey League can be found here.