Hockey is the Core game for girls in the Advent Term, and for boys in the Lent Term.

The School currently fields 17 teams for the girls and 15 teams for the boys, allowing every pupil who wishes to play hockey to represent the School in matches against other schools on a regular basis. All boys and girls play hockey in the F and E Block and many decide to continue with it for the rest of their Rugby School career.

The standard of hockey at Rugby is high, and we compete amongst the top hockey schools in the country regularly reaching Midlands Finals. In 2017-18, our Boys’ Under 16 side went one step further reaching the National Finals. Both the Under 15 and the XI boys and girls also compete in the Independent Schools Hockey Cup.

We 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 all year round.  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 visited Munich in October 2017 while the Senior girls enjoyed a three week tour to Singapore and Australia in the Summer 2018.

"With 17 girls teams and 15 boys teams, three all weather pitches and two full sized sports halls for indoor hockey, plus talented staff and part time coaches, it's an exciting time for Rugby School hockey," said James.

"I enjoy pushing our elite players, but also ensure we create a culture of enjoyment and participation for anyone who plays hockey here."

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


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