Schools Championships

Girls' Schools Championships 2017
England Hockey is delighted to confirm that the tiered Schools Championships successfully introduced in 2018-19 will again run in 2019-20. 

The Investec Girls' and Notts Sport Boys' Schools Championships are designed so that, whatever a school’s level of hockey activity, there is a suitable Championship to help provide appropriate competitive opportunities for your students. 

This was highlighted by the new Championships in 2018/19 at the different ends of the hockey scale. The Boys' U18 Tier 1 league ran successfully for High Performing Boys' Schools and we also saw the introduction of local seven-a-side U14 Tier 3 Championships for emerging schools who previously found it difficult to compete at a county level.     

Entry to the following Championships that are nationally organised is now open and for more details of them see the Information Pack which includes details of the formats and competition dates.
  • 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 
In addition to the above, the following Championships are organised locally with County, Regional and where highlighted*, National finals. 
  • Investec Girls' and Notts Sport Boys' U18 Tier 4* Schools Championships 
  • Investec Girls' and Notts Sport Boys' U16 Tier 3* & Tier 4 Schools Championships 
  • Investec Girls' and Notts Sport Boys' U14 Tier 1*, Tier 2* & Tier 3 Schools Championships
  • Boys and Girls In2Hockey Boys’ and Girls’ U13 Tier 1*. U12 Tier 2 and U11 Tier 1 Schools Championships  
If you are looking for new opportunities for participation in these Championships please contact competitions.info@englandhockey.co.uk in the first instance to access our registration of interest portal. This will enable us to put these schools in touch with local competition organisers.   

You can view details of this season’s National Championships here which will allow you to see which schools participated in them. 
Background & further details
For details of the full range of Championships, please 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 up until 2018/19 all schools entered the same level of competition, whatever their level of hockey activity or ability.

England Hockey had successfully introduced tiered Championships for clubs – adults, masters and juniors - in the 2017/18 season. In 2018/19 we introduced tiered Schools Championships. 

These Championships 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 traditional County competitions, leading to Regional and National finals, 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
Please note: 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.

Four Area Premier Leagues of up to eight teams per League. Top teams qualify for knockout stages & national final. 

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 national knockout competition – teams are drawn locally in early rounds leading to national quarter finals, semis and final  

Early Round losers are automatically entered for a Plate competition (these are the U18 Tier 3 and U16 Tier 2 Championships).  

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 or half day round robin events with short games at County level leading to Regional and then National rounds. 

U14 Tier 2 (Intermediate Schools)
Hockey’s traditional competition format. Progression via different stages - one day or half day round robin events with short games at County level leading to Regional and then National rounds. A second Tier to offer more appropriate competition for less strong schools.

U16 Tier 4, U14 Tier 3 (Emerging Schools)
A new seven-a-side competition. Aimed at Emerging Schools who have not previously played in County Schools tournaments or struggled to compete at that level. 

Progression via two different stages – one or half day round robin events – at  a local level leading to Area finals

U13 Tier 1 (High Performing & Intermediate Schools); U11 Tier 1 (High Performing & Intermediate Schools)
Hockey’s traditional competition format – In2Hockey. County and Regional round robin competitions. Seven-a-side. Similar to existing Schools Championships format including national finals at U13 only. 

U12 Tier 2 (Intermediate & Emerging Schools)
Hockey’s traditional competition format – In2Hockey. County and Regional round robin competitions. Seven-a-side. Similar to existing Schools Championships format.

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.