Hockey at Pangbourne has enjoyed great success in the last decade. Girls’ hockey is one of the leading sports at the College. Girls play in the Michaelmas term and boys play in the Lent term.
The girls’ commitment and passion towards hockey, allied with enthusiastic and experienced coaching, has led to great strength-in-depth in every year group, particularly in the junior school (Forms 1-4), which augurs well for the continued success of the Pangbourne 1st XI.
There are four senior sides, three U15 teams, three U14 sides for both sexes and three Dunbar girls’ seven-a-side hockey teams.
For girls, hockey is the main sport and, during the Michaelmas term, all girls train and play hockey for Pangbourne on a regular basis. With numbers for girls at an all time high at Pangbourne, we have gone to three U14 sides this year.
Not only do the 1st XI boys and girls take their hockey very seriously, but they also act as role models and help lead the Hockey Club by helping with coaching sessions and umpiring throughout the Michaelmas and Lent Terms.
Pangbourne aims to provide a hockey programme which meets every player’s ambitions for the sport. It is hoped all who play hockey at Pangbourne will have a life-long love of the sport instilled in them and the skills to play at the highest levels.
The A teams are tasked with overcoming a challenging and high-quality fixture card, against the likes of Epsom College, Bradfield College, Dauntsey's School, Portsmouth Grammar School, Bloxham School and St Edward’s Oxford. Every A team in each year group has gone on to record impressive winning seasons in the past two years.
The B sides regularly play schools well-matched in ability with themselves to give every team the best possible chance of achieving a winning season and enjoying their hockey.
The U14, U16 and U18 teams have progressed through the Berkshire Girls’ Outdoor Championships a number of times out of the last 5 years and the U16 and U18 sides have also progressed a number of times in the last decade in the Berkshire Girls’ Indoor Tournament.
These successes have enabled Pangbourne to represent Berkshire in South regional tournaments. Last year alone the U16 Girls and U16 Boys all made it through to the South Regional events. Our U14 girls side also achieved a Quarter-Final place in the South Regional event.
The boys’ teams compete in a tough fixture card with the likes of Cheltenham College, Lord Wandsworth College, Portsmouth Grammar School, Stowe School and Bloxham College to name a few. This tests the boys against some of the biggest schools in and around Berkshire.
The Hockey Club has links with the England Hockey Player Pathway and many pupils have gone on to attend Berkshire Hockey Development Centres, leading to call-ups to represent the county, region and even the national side.
Players who wish to develop their skills outside of school are encouraged to join Reading Hockey Club, with whom Pangbourne has a strong and long-standing relationship.
Pangbourne hosts a large prep school tournament every year. 24 Prep schools were involved with our U13 Girls tournament this year. The hockey coaching team is mainly made up of qualified full-time teaching staff, although external coaches, including 1st XI internationals from Reading Hockey Club, visit the College to offer professional guidance in order for the students to maximise their potential.
The senior hockey and rugby teams come together to celebrate the highlights of the season at the end of the Michaelmas term. It is always an enjoyable and social evening, with senior coaches and parents included in an event usually attended by more than 180 guests.
In each team, awards are given by each team to the Player’s Player of the Year, the Most Improved Player of the Year and the Coaches’ Player of the Year. The captain and coach of each team round up the season in their speeches.