Schools Championships

U16 Boys Schools Whitgift 2017
England Hockey is delighted to confirm that we are introducing new competitions in the Investec Girls' and Notts Sport Boys' Schools Championships in 2018-19. We hope that, whatever a school’s level of hockey activity there is a suitable Championship to help provide appropriate competitive opportunities for your students.

Full details of the following Championships, where there will be direct entry for schools, can now be viewed in this Information Pack.

Entry  to the following Championships is now open. For details of how to enter please  see the Information Pack. 


Investec Girls' and Notts Sport Boys' U18 Tier 1 Schools Championships 
Investec Girls' and Notts Sport Boys' U18 Tier 2 & Tier 3 Schools Championships 
Investec Girls' and Notts Sport Boys' U16 Tier 1 & Tier 2 Schools Championships 

The pack includes details of the format, entry dates, competition dates and how to to enter the Championships. 



Background & further details

For details of the full range of Championships click here.

In 2016 and 2017 England Hockey consulted with clubs and schools about its annual programme of competitions. You can see more details of that consultation here.

One of the key messages we heard the most was the need to provide appropriate competition depending on a team’s ability. This is particularly relevant to our schools competitions where currently all schools enter the same level of competition, whatever their level of hockey activity.

England Hockey has successfully introduced tiered Championships for clubs – adults, masters and juniors - in the 2017-18 season.

For 2018-19 we will introduce tiered Schools Championships. These Championships will  provide different levels of competitive opportunities for schools. England Hockey will provide guidance on which Tier may suit which level of school team, however this can only be guidance, and within any Tier there may still be teams of variable experience and ability.

The competitions offer includes ones based on the existing County-Regional-National model, knockout competitions and, at U18 level, a two term league for high performing schools specialising in hockey.

We have categorised schools as follows (See Appendix i below for full definition):
  1. High performing schools
  2. Intermediate schools
  3. Emerging schools
*All competitions are 11-a-side unless shown

U18 Tier 1 (High Performing Schools)
The chance for high performing hockey schools to specialise at this age group. Participating schools to play each other in elite leagues with knockout stages leading to a grand final.

4 Area Premier Leagues of up to 8 teams per League. Top teams qualify for knockout stages & national final. 
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U18 Tier 2 (High Performing & Intermediate Schools)  
U16 Tier 1 (High Performing & Intermediate Schools)
The excitement of a knockout competition leading to a final. 

A knockout competition like the current Boys U18 Championships – draws are local in early rounds leading to national quarter finals, semis and final  
Early Round losers are entered for a Plate competition (this forms U18 Tier 3, U16 Tier 2).  
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U18 Tier 4 (Intermediate & Emerging Schools)  
U16 Tier 3 (Intermediate & Emerging Schools)
U14 Tier 1 (High Performing & Intermediate Schools)
Hockey’s traditional competition format

Progression via different stages - one day round robin events - Local – Area – National rounds.  Similar to existing U16 and U14 Schools Championships format.
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U14 Tier 2 (Intermediate Schools)
Hockey’s traditional competition format

Progression via three different stages - one day round robin events - Local – Area – National rounds.  Similar to existing U16 and U14 Schools Championships format. A second Tier to offer more appropriate competition for less strong schools.
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U16 Tier 4 (Emerging Schools)  
U14 Tier 3 (Emerging Schools)
A new 7-a-side competition.

For Emerging Schools Progression via three different stages - one day round robin events - Local – Area – National rounds.
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U13 Tier 1 (High Performing & Intermediate Schools)
U11 Tier 1 (High Performing & Intermediate Schools)
Hockey’s traditional competition format – In2hockey

Local – Area – National round robin competitions. 7-a-side. Similar to existing Schools Champs format. National at U13 only. 
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U12 Tier 2 (Intermediate & Emerging Schools)
Hockey’s traditional competition format – In2hockey

Local – Area robin round competitions. 7-a-side. Similar to existing Schools Champs format.
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Appendix i – Definitions of Schools
1 - High Performing Schools. Specialise in hockey and qualify regularly for national finals of England Hockey age group competitions and challenge for titles. They regularly develop a number of players who play for England age group teams.

2 - Intermediate Schools. Traditional hockey playing schools which compete in existing County and Regional age group competitions and occasionally qualify for national stages. May develop playerswho plays for England age group teams.

3 - Emerging Schools. Schools who play some local hockey but which do not compete, or find it hard to compete, at existing County level age group competitions.