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Hockey

At St Lawrence College Hockey is the performance sport for girls in the Michaelmas term and boys in the Lent term, although we do in fact run hockey training through all three terms.

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 on learning core skills and gameplay in the Junior School proceeds into developing a more fluent technical hockey style in the Senior School.

Our Olympic standard waterbase and sand astroturf 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 teamwork, leadership and commitment, all of which are taken with pupils when they progress through later life.

SLC Indoor Hockey

Although the indoor hockey season does not start until after the October half-term, we start training during the previous Summer term and at the start of the Michaelmas Term. We won the U16 boys’ National Champions in 2020 and alongside this our U18 girls have been National Finalists in 2019 & 2020. In 2018 our U18 boys were crowned National Champions and in the same year our U16 girls reached the National Finals. To be competing on a national stage highlights the strength of our pupils and coaches.

We have a full size indoor hockey pitch in our sports hall, which allows us to train and play matches regularly. We can host 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 on multiple occasions have used 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

Director of Sport Mr Seth Simmons founded the St Lawrence College Hockey Academy in 2014, and with the help of the coaching team 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 stretch and create focus within the hockey skill set and during the sessions, each player continues to develop both physically and mentally.

We currently have four members on our coaching staff who have a wealth of knowledge spanning international and national league experience. The programme has developed a number of athletes who have gone onto to perform at county and regional level as well as the school having a long history of international performers. Our aim with these sessions is to provide our athletes with the best environment to develop and reach their individual potential.

Sports Fixtures & Results 

Tom Degiovanni

Position:
Head of Hockey and Elite Performance Director

Growing up in Malta throughout his junior career playing for Qormi Hockey Club, Tom made the move to the UK 6 years ago during his undergraduate degree where he played for Canterbury Hockey Club. He is now the first team captain looking to lead Canterbury back to the premier league at both indoor and outdoor level. Whilst in Malta, Tom has represented Qormi in numerous European Club Competitions and also made his debut for the Maltese National Team at the age of 17. This summer he competed in his fifth European Competition in Poland. Tom has always been involved in coaching from a young age as he coached in the junior section at his home club throughout his career and has been involved in the Juniors Coaching setup leading his Under 14 Boys team to a National Championship in 2022. Whilst coaching the Under 16 Boys in the past season he has also Coaching from Under 10-14 Indoor Girls & Boys. He has also been involved in the coaching structure of the Maltese national side.