Our hockey programme aims to provide an environment in which every student has a rewarding experience. The high quality of our coaching and excellent facilities enable players to fulfil their performance potential in both the indoor and outdoor format of the sport; whilst providing a setting to foster the traits of good sportsmanship, leadership and the appreciation of fair play in any contest, whether winning or losing.
We have an excellent team of teachers and coaches, led by former GB and England international Jon Peckett. The staff have a passion for the sport and are committed to delivering a successful and enjoyable hockey programme for all players across all ability levels. Many of our coaches are also Club members in the Cambridge area which greatly assists with the integration of pupils into the Club system.
In Year 7 and Year 8, our emphasis is on enjoying the game; players are encouraged to relish the challenge of learning new techniques and honing core skills with regular opportunities for 7-aside match play.
From Year 9 to the Upper Sixth, we teach the 11-a-side version of the game,, with greater focus on tactical awareness and developing successful team play. The importance of combining athletic development and skill advancement is paramount to success within the sport and players look forward to representing the School teams in their weekly fixtures.
Elite performers such as Tessa Howard (England U16 2015 and England U18 2016) participate in the Perse Elite Sports Programme. This has been established to provide the support they require to grow their ambitions within their sport and succeed in their academic studies.
In Years 7 and 8, we have eight girls’ teams (four in Year 7 and four in Year 8) allowing every pupil the opportunity to play in at least one school fixture. In Years 9 and 10 we field three teams, Year 11 two teams and then 1st, 2nd, and 3rd XI teams in the Sixth Form.
All teams play competitive outdoor fixtures against a comprehensive and strong fixture list. Schools on this circuit include the many independent schools within the region and also Oundle, Oakham, Uppingham, Ipswich, and Whitgift.
During the Michaelmas term we place greater emphasis on indoor hockey across all age groups and enter the U16 and U18 National Schools Championships, as well as playing friendly fixtures against other local schools and clubs.
See our hockey fixtures and results.
The Perse enters all national competitions that are held for the outdoor and indoor versions of the game and has a reputation and tradition of producing teams which succeed, as well as players who gain selection for Junior International Teams.
Year Result 2015 U16 Girls Runners Up in the Indoor National Finalists 2014 U16 Girls Hockey East Champions and National finalists
We have a well-established structure for pre-season training, including a training camp at Bisham Abbey National Sports centre for the Year 9 boys and girls.
In addition, we provide the opportunity to tour internationally, with a long haul tour for Year 10 to Upper Sixth girls (Malaysia and Singapore 2017) and European hockey trips for boys at U15 and U18 level.
The U18 boys and girls indoor squads visited Berlin in December 2015.