"Haileybury has an excellent reputation in both boys' and girls' hockey, combining tremendous ambition with state-of-the-art facilities to develop players of outstanding ability. In addition to four current National League players in men’s and women’s, two former pupils (Tony Nunn and Steve Theobald) can proudly boast Olympic bronze medals."
Andy Searson Director of Sport
Hockey at Haileybury is one of the College's greatest sports, with a long-established history and an excellent reputation.
We are always working hard to develop each pupil, whether boy or girl, and help them achieve new heights.
In 2014 we were delighted to see two of our pupils, Lucy Price and Nick Page,gain selection for England U18 girls' and boys' teams respectively.
Boys and girls have a thorough pre-season, in addition to a busy and productive season (girls in the Autumn and boys in the Easter). The girls train during the winter in the indoor facilities (then play the indoor Nationals each November) and then enjoy Summer term pre-season matches in preparation for the season ahead. The boys train indoor in the Autumn term prior to their Easter campaign.
As a result, in recent years we have enjoyed great success on the pitch and in competition; in 2014, for example, the girls' 1st XI only lost one match and went on to progress to the Eastern Region finals.
Sports tours are a key part of the Hockey season. Most recently the boys have toured Holland and the girls Sri Lanka (with the netball team, Summer ’14) and Malta (Easter 2015).
The Sri Lanka tour was a superb experience full of excellent competitive matches against both clubs and private schools in the country. The welcome was so warm and the part with most impact was the opportunity for our girls’ to lead coaching clinics with local youngsters in tsunami-hit areas and to immerse themselves in the local culture and offer charitable help to those still badly affected post the disaster.
In Easter 2015, our Junior Boys visited Holland for a short three-night tour, including two games against high class opposition and we were treated to the Champions Cup match between Madrid and Surbiton (in which one of our very own OH’s (Vicky Hewett) was playing for Surbiton). It was a great experience both from a hockey but also cultural perspective.
Meanwhile, again in Easter, the netball and hockey squads enjoyed a wonderful time of it in the early summer sun in Malta. The games were competitive and the girls had a superb time not only on the sports front but also in the local community with sightseeing and enjoyment in the gorgeous weather. What a way to spend a usually damp and wet April!
Haileybury boasts two all-weather astroturf pitches, situated next to the Sports Complex.
Thanks to these wonderful pitches, we are able to host several of the East and County training camps, as well as the competition rounds of the U14/16/18 competitions.
These two high-end fields offer excellent training facilities for all our pupils. While the indoor facilities are also vital elements to the winter training regime.
We field 14 girls' teams and 11 boys' teams across the age groups.
An experienced coaching staff ensures that top-level training is provided, and fixtures are played every weekend in the Autumn and Easter term.
Regular opponents include schools such as The Leys, Felsted, Queenswood, King's Canterbury, Merchant Taylor's, Bishops Stortford, The Perse and St Albans.
In 2015, Haileybury welcomed Darren Cheesman as Director of Hockey. Darren, an inspirational coach, has played at the highest club and international level for many years, and can boast of being named 'Premiership Player of the Year'. He is also a High Performance Coach and Coach Educator for FIH, working with International teams around the world.
A former England and GB international, Darren has also played for Southgate, having previously spent time at East Grinstead, Reading, and Dutch Premier League Champions, Oranje Zwart.
He brings an excellent network of connections from his work at Southgate and as Saxon Tigers U18 coach; we also enjoy excellent links with Old Loughtonians and St Albans hockey clubs.
In September 2014, two World Cup internationals, Dirkie Chamberlain (South Africa) and Susannah Townsend (England), also joined us for a period to coach our teams - further enhancing our excellent reputation in the sport.
At Haileybury, our Sports Scholars are those with strong sporting and leadership abilities and a particularly impressive competitive ethic. Scholarships for talented hockey players are fiercely contested; the best will also be invited to join our High Performance Sports Programme. The link at the bottom of this page gives more information about Sports Scholarships at Haileybury.
Many pupils of course choose to carry on with Hockey once they have left Haileybury. Two such pupils are Vicky Hewett and Stuart Pilgrim. Vicky currently plays for Surbiton HC and Stuart plays for Beeston HC who have been England national champions for the last two years and play in the Euro Hockey League.
To learn more about our forthcoming hockey matches and recent results, about Sports Scholarships at Haileybury, and about some of some of the hockey clubs and organisations with which we have strong links, please follow the links below: