At St Lawrence College Hockey is the performance sport for Girls in the Michaelmas Term, and during Lent Term for Boys.
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 are fortunate to have a number of ex-international coaches and players to inspire our pupils, give a genuine perspective on what it takes to perform at the highest level and who have the technical ability to coach our pupils to the highest levels. Alastair Brogdon, the School’s Elite Performance Director, is one such coach. Alastair competed on the international hockey stage for 8 years, representing England & Great Britain over 150 times between 2008-2016.
The highlights of Alastair’s international career were winning European Gold (2009), Commonwealth Games Bronze (2014) and being part of Team GB’s most successful Olympic team at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
SLC Indoor Hockey
At St Lawrence College, we are fortunate to have Mr Huw Stevens (Assistant Coach to both Hampstead and Westminster HC and Trinidad and Tobago) 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 and at the start of the Michaelmas Term. We are currently the U16 boys’ National Champions 2020 alongside this our U18 girls have been National Finalists in 2019 & 2020. Also in 2018 our U18 were crowned National Champions, the same year in which 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 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. It provides these players with an opportunity to stretch themselves against other top performs.
We currently boast six members on our coaching staff, all of whom have played at the top level. Mr Huw Stevens 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.