We strive to attain two main objectives in Hockey at RGS: commitment through participation and excellence in performance and results. Hockey has a balanced programme of team training and individual development during two terms of intense competition. RGS regularly achieves success at County and Regional level, as well as reaching the National stage in both the Indoor and Outdoor Schools Championships. The school has also produced National League and Performance Centre players who have gone on to represent their Country. RGS is proud of the links it continues to build with both local clubs and England Hockey and there is a strong outreach programme to support the local community.
Hockey at RGS Worcester
Players enjoy the use of top-class facilities for both Indoor and Outdoor hockey training. Our state-of-the-art pitches at Worcester International Hockey Centre, just less than ten minutes from RGS, combined with a third Astro pitch at RGS The Grange and a fourth on the RGS Worcester site, provide space to deliver quality games lessons, clubs and fixture programs for children of all abilities. The water-based playing surface enables pupils to develop the skills needed to manoeuvre the ball more quickly and effectively. This has already shown an increase in individuals’ confidence within a familiar, yet professional environment. It also provides us with the opportunity to host county and regional schools competitions as well as international matches. Partnering with Worcester Hockey Club at the Worcester Internation Hockey Club offers a pathway for our pupils to make further use of the facility and for RGS Worcester Hockey players to continue playing after they have left the School.
Tom Savage Sports Hall is also distinct for Indoor Hockey in the region. With our pupils gaining the advantage of using the slick playing surface and international standard boards, as well as playing county and regional tournaments at a home venue.
The RGS ‘Hockey framework’ aims to isolate key principles and develop them through independent learning, allowing pupils to bring their creativity and individual style to our systems of play. Fixtures are very competitive in what is a strong region for the sport. Our coaching is a real strength and we are fortunate enough to have Miss Sally Walton, Olympic Bronze medallist, as our Head of Hockey Coaching. In addition to Miss Leanne Bennett, having played in the national league for a number of years, as our Head of Hockey.
Hockey benefits from a linear style of leadership. Following an application process, young leaders have the opportunity to learn from their older peers in weekly meetings, as well as receive performance feedback. The aim is to identify and develop the characteristics of a good leader throughout their RGS Hockey experience. The Hockey programme supports our Charter for Sport in an attempt to create well-rounded Hockey players who uphold the high standards set both on and off the field of play.