Cranleigh has a proud tradition of Hockey success, for both boys and girls, and the School has produced two Olympians – David Westcott and Don Williams – as well as a host of county and regional players. We have a strong reputation for the quality of our A teams and for the large number of teams for which we provide regular competitive fixtures: we use four Astroturf pitches for practices and matches on the Senior School and Prep School sites.
For girls, Hockey is the main sport of the Michaelmas term and we run four senior teams, alongside A, B and C teams in each of the three Lower School years. For boys, it is played in the Lent term and there are three senior teams, three U16 teams, and five teams at U15 and U14 age-groups. The School’s coaching team is led by Richard Organ (current coach of East Grinstead Men’s Indoor team) and Steve Batchelor (GB Olympic gold-medallist, Seoul 1988). Playing competitive matches at every level is a crucial part of our ethos, and every week nearly all of the teams are involved.
The boys’ and girls’ Under 15 teams have had combined trips to the Netherlands for the past five years, playing four matches on each visit: a sixth is planned for March 2013. It has now been established that the senior teams visit the Netherlands in order to practice for the coming season. In December 2010 the U18 boys did three days hard training at Indoor hockey venues in Almere and the programme has been repeated for the past three years. In August 2011 the U18 Girls went to Utrecht to play Kampong HC and KVHC Bilthoven after three days of testing outdoor practice.
We have come to expect our teams to perform well in the U18, U16, and U14 National Outdoor competitions and in the Indoor National competitions at U18 and U16 level, for both boys and girls. The Boys’ U14 hockey team became county champions and National Runners up in 2006. In 2010 the Boys’ U16 Boys became National Outdoor Champions for the first time, and were also National Outdoor Runners up in 2011.
In 2009, 2010 and 2011 the Boys’ 1st XI were winners of the HMC Boarding Schools Cup: in the competition to date they have a goal difference of 37-10. The Boys’ U18 side became National Outdoor Champions, National Indoor Runners up, and winners of the St George’s Sixes trophy.
The Girls U18 were South Region semi-finalists for the first time in November 2011, and were winners of the St George’s Sixes tournament. The Girls U14 were South Region finalists and went on to come third in the National Outdoor Finals at Cannock in February 2012.
The 2012/13 produced further success, with the Girls U18 retaining The St George’s Sixes trophy and all three girls’ sides, U14, U16, and U18 reaching their South Region final. The Girls’ U16 outdoor team became National Outdoor Champions in February, with their indoor team having reached the last four in the National Indoor Finals in January 2013
The Boys’ U18 outdoor team became South Regional Champions in March and then National Outdoor runners-up in April.
Richard Organ is both an England Hockey Centrally Contracted Coach and the coach of the England Senior International Women’s Indoor team. At club level, he coaches East Grinstead, who last year won a silver medal in the European Indoor Division B and gained promotion to the top European Division – only the third time an English club has managed this since the start of the competition over 20 years ago.
Steve Batchelor famously won a gold medal as part of the Great Britain Olympic team in Seoul in 1988, though he represented GB for 12 years, achieving many successes: a Bronze medal in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and a Silver medal in the 1987 Moscow European Cup for example. He played for England at U16 and U18 level and has extensive coaching experience at Junior, club and Senior level.
For any queries, please contact the Head of Hockey, Mr Rupert Kefford: email@example.com