Major Sport - Hockey
At Reed’s we furnish pupils with the basic individual techniques and decision-making skills in Hockey to enhance their opportunities to play for the School at a level appropriate to their ability.
We are proud that every pupil can play hockey on one of our two floodlit astroturf pitches and get expert guidance and tuition from our team of very experienced coaches. In 2019 our 1st XI won the England U18 Tier 1 national championships with a team that included nine members who hadn’t played hockey before they came to Reed’s. As a cohort they had won bronze at the U14 Nationals, silver at the U16 Nationals before gold at U18; a credit to the hard work of the boys and our coaches that such progression could be achieved.
Each team is appointed its own coach, and elite players can benefit from our High Performance Programme of specialised coaching and physiological training with our Strength & Conditioning team.
We have an established programme for pupils to develop technical skills, social awareness and teamwork. Pupils who are new to hockey at U12 and U14 benefit from small group coaching sessions; an excellent environment in which to accelerate their learning.
The Surrey and South of England circuits provide Reed’s with a very tough programme across all age groups. The 1st XI faces consistently strong opposition, playing some of the best school teams in the country. There are opportunities to compete nationally at all age levels.
Our coaching team offers a wealth of experience for all ages and ability. We benefit from staff with an international hockey pedigree, including two double Olympians and coaches with Surbiton Hockey Club and men’s title-winning Premier League experience. Our Hockey Professional, Brett Garrard, has 263 England and Great Britain caps, represented Team GB at two Olympic Games (2000 and in 2004 as captain) and three World Cups. He is also the Director of Hockey at Surbiton Hockey Club. The pupils benefit enormously from his coaching talent.
Pupils are encouraged to join a local hockey club. We have a strong link with Surbiton Hockey Club allowing facilitating opportunities for our pupils, pitch sharing and as a foundation to attract new talent.