With the recent construction of our second artificial pitch and the appointment of a full time Performance Director for Hockey, Chris Bowen, Reigate Grammar School has reinforced its vision to take Hockey to the next level through our pursuit of excellence across all age groups.
Our high quality facility has received the accolade of being selected as one of England Hockey Coaching Workshops approved venues, as well as being a Surrey Hockey JDC/JAC training location.
Girls` hockey takes place during the autumn term, followed by the boys in the spring term. Currently, pupils on senior Games (Wednesday pm) have the opportunity to specialise in Hockey throughout the year. The list of teams we field is extensive as we offer as many of our pupils as possible the opportunity to represent RGS at hockey. We take pride in the increasing number of our most talented performers gaining selection for County teams. Season 2014-15 saw 23 RGS pupils involved with Surrey or Sussex teams along with former pupil Harriet Mitchell being selected for the Great Britain U21 squad. On reflection of past success, we have recently introduced the RGS Player Development Programme (PDP) to enable identified individuals to represent different age groups in developing them to their full potential.
Coaching programmes have been specifically designed by Chris Bowen to be equally applicable to the development of core skills, game play, set plays and movement quality for all pupils.
In addition, our partnership with Reigate St Mary’s has enabled our indoor hockey programme to progress positively with two training sessions per week.
As well as various club affiliations, the RGS Hockey Outreach Programme has grown positively. This involves our Performance Director going into local prep and primary schools and delivering coaching sessions as part of their P.E. curriculum.
Reigate Grammar School encourages talented performers from outside of the school to consider applying for a sport scholarship in Hockey, and would certainly make them welcome within our expanding elite athlete development programme should they be successful.
EVO-RGS Hockey Partnership
RGS benefits from an ongoing partnership with the UK’s top Hockey camps provider, EVO Hockey. This relationship has seen top international players, such as olympic gold medallist Susannah Townsend (Great Britain), Germany captain Janne Muller-Wieland and Australia international Luke Noblett attending to coach the school’s students, both during term-time and in school holiday periods. Visit the Evo Hockey website for more information.