Hockey is the major game for boys in the Lent Term, and for girls in the Advent Term. The School currently fields 15 teams for the boys and 17 teams for the girls, allowing every pupil who wishes to play hockey to represent the School in matches against other schools on a regular basis.

The standard of hockey at Rugby is high, and we compete amongst the top hockey schools in the country. Our Under 16 boys have just become 2018 County Champions. In 2017, our Girls’ XI and U16 sides took the County Championship titles for the second year in a row while the Girls XI progressed further, reaching the Midlands Semi finals. Both the Under 15 boys and the XI girls reached the semi finals of the National Independent Schools Hockey Cup in 2016-17.

We also have a great number of individuals playing at an elite level, with many pupils having achieved selection for England Hockey Academy Centres, Performance Centres, Futures Cup Tournaments, and the England U16 and England U18 National Squads.

We pride ourselves on our facilities and coaching provision, including one-to-one training, video analysis, strength and conditioning and specific skills sessions to support our players.  The School has also invested in three, top class synthetic turf pitches providing an excellent infrastructure that enables us host a number of tournaments throughout the year.

Indoor Hockey takes place in two full sized Sports Halls. Boys and girls teams compete in National indoor competitions and training takes place in both the Advent and Lent Terms.

Tours are run every year. Most recently the Under 15 boys and girls visited Barcelona in October 2016 while the Senior girls enjoyed a three week tour to New Zealand in the Summer 2016. The Under 15 boys toured Holland in October 2017 while we have a full sports (hockey, rugby and netball) to Singapore and Australia in summer 2018.

For more information about hockey at Rugby School please contact the Director of Hockey, James Stedman.

James Stedman: Director of Hockey (Jan 2017-)

Honours: England Under 16, 18, 21 and Senior International (20 caps) Holcombe HC (National Premier League; 2012-Present; Premier League Winners 2015-16; European Hockey League 2016-17).

Coaching Career: Level 2 Qualified Hockey Coach. Coached boys and girls teams to National Finals at two previous schools.

Our Director of Hockey is James Stedman. James has represented his country, England, from Under 16 through to Senior level playing 20 times for England including at the 2005 European Championships in Leipzig. He currently plays for Holcombe HC in Kent who won the National Premier Division in 2016 and competed in the European Hockey League in October 2016.

At his previous school, Ardingly College, James brought in a series of international players and coaches to work with the boys and girls and he introduced indoor hockey in 2012. Ardingly won numerous Sussex County titles and qualified for two National Girls Finals in 2014 and 2016. He has also run tours to South Africa, Barcelona and the Hague.

My views of Rugby School: With 18 girls teams and 13 boys teams, three all weather pitches and two full sized sports halls for indoor hockey, plus talented staff and part time coaches, exciting plans are in place for Rugby School hockey. I am looking forward to both pushing our elite players but also ensuring we create a culture of enjoyment and participation for anyone who plays hockey here at Rugby School.


Other sports: Cricket (Bedfordshire Minor Counties player); claim to fame was opening the batting at Bedford School with former England captain, Alastair Cook!


Coaching Staff                            

Mr J Stedman BA