Hockey

HEAD OF HOCKEY
Contact: Mr Huw Stevens
Email: hts@slcuk.com

Hockey is the performance sport for:

  • Girls: Michaelmas Term
  • Boys: Lent Term

Having three games lessons a week, as well as two activity lessons, there is ample time and opportunity to develop, whether you are trying hockey for the first time or are a competent player.

An emphasis of learning core skills in the junior school proceeds into developing a more fluent technical hockey style in the senior school.

Training comprises both physical and psychological sessions, where players are analysed using the newest technology and coaching aids. Trips to premier league hockey matches enable pupils to observe the demands of top level sport. With organised fixtures against local adult clubs in addition to school teams, a wider range of competition helps refine team skills.

Our Olympic-standard waterbase, sand astroturf and all-weather pitches are used regularly to improve performance and develop knowledge of the game. Other facilities include a state-of-the-art sports centre which caters for indoor hockey as well as regular fitness sessions.

St Lawrence College follows a strong traditional hockey ethos, concentrating on team work, leadership and commitment, all of which are taken with pupils when they progress through later life.

We offer sports scholarships based on sporting ability. If you feel you can offer our school a high standard of hockey at 11+, 13+ or 16+ please contact our Registrar: admissions@slcuk.com.

Indoor Hockey

At St Lawrence College we are fortunate to have Mr Kwan Browne (current England U21 men’s coach) as our head indoor hockey coach. Although the indoor hockey season does not start until after the October half-term, we start training during the previous Summer term. We are currently the U18 boys' National Champions and the U16 girls' East Champions and National finalists, which highlights the level at which we play. We were crowned the U16 girls’ Indoor County Champions as well as the U18 boys’ Indoor County Champions in 2014. During the 2015 and 2016 season our U16 and U18 Boys' teams reached the Regional Finals, both narrowly missing out on a place in the Nationals. Our U18 Girls were Kent County Champions in 2016. Our U12's and U14 Boys have won the Kent County Indoor Hockey Tournament for two years' running.

We have a full size indoor hockey pitch in our sports hall which allows us to train and play matches regularly. We host many indoor County tournaments as our indoor pitch is one of the best in Kent. Premier League Canterbury Hockey Club, who have reached Finals Day at Wembley Arena for the last four years, use our facilities in conjunction with Polo Farm to prepare for their indoor hockey season. The indoor hockey season at St Lawrence College is as competitive as our outdoor season, both boasting several international performers in our teams.

SLC Hockey Academy

Seth Simmons founded the St Lawrence College Hockey Academy in 2014 and, with the help of the coaching team, it has developed a constant stream of young talent ever since. Talented hockey players from both the Junior and Senior School are selected to train on all aspects of the game. The academy is designed to push and create focus within the hockey skill set and during the sessions each player continues to develop both physically and mentally.

The Academy is separated into a Tier 1 and Tier 2 system. The former pushes the younger athletes, whilst the latter focuses on more advanced training and skills; this is where County and International athletes train.

We currently have five International hockey players on our coaching staff, all of whom have played at the top level. Mr Kwan Browne (current England U21 men’s coach) runs the training sessions and does so to great effect. We can boast that we have 11 County performers, several Regional players, as well as a long history of international performers. With up-to-date coaching aids and video analysis programmes we push the players at St Lawrence College to become the very best.