Schools Championships

Girls' Schools Championships 2017

This season has seen some major changes to our Schools Championships with a tiered programme introduced to offer a greater choice of competitions for schools, aimed at ensuring that there is more appropriate competition for a wider range of schools. 

You can find more background on these changes below


The following Championships are running with a national entry system.  

Notts Sport Boys U18 Schools Tier 1 Championships (entry now closed)

Notts Sport Boys U18 Schools Tier 2 Championships & Notts Sport Boys U18 Schools Tier 3 Championships 

Notts Sport Boys U16 Schools Tier 1 Championships & Notts Sport Boys U16 Schools Tier 2 Championships 


Investec Girls U18 Schools Tier 1 Championships & Investec Girls U18 Schools Tier 2 Championships (entry now closed)

Investec Girls U16 Schools Tier 1 Championships  & Investec Girls U16 Schools Tier 2 Championships (entry now closed)

You can see details of all these Championships here 

The Notts Sport Boys U18 Schools Tier 1 Championships is a new two term league competition for schools at the highest level. We are delighted that 21 of our top hockey playing schools have entered and these teams will play in three pools of seven teams with games before and after Christmas leading to quarter finals - for the top two in each pool plus the next two teams with the best points per game record, semi finals and a grand final. Teams each have three home and three away games in their pools and are responsible for setting the dates of their fixtures. 

Details of the teams entered and the leagues can be seen on this map

In recent years the Boys U18 Championships were in a knockout format and the Girls U18 Tier 1 competition will be this format in 2018-19 with a view to it moving the league format next season.

Over 100 Schools have entered the Investec Girls U18 Schools Tier 1 Championships. Teams play in three areas up to the quarter final stage when the draw will go open. Teams who lose in the Preliminary or Round 1 or Round 2 play in the Tier 2 Championships a parallel Plate competition.

You can see details of the areas and the draws in the National Champioships Fixtures & Results tab on the side bar to the left of this page.

The Investec Girls U16 Schools Tier 1 & Tier 2 Championships will follow the same format. You can see details of the areas and the draws in the National Champioships Fixtures & Results tab on the side bar to the left of this page.

In both of the Girls U18 & U16 Tier 1 Championships, for 2018-19 only, South schools are playing  in the traditional County – Regional format and qualifiers will join at the latter stages of the competitions.

For Boys Schools who want to only play in the Easter term the Notts Sport Boys U18 Schools Tier 2 Championships will run, as in recent years, in a knockout format. Teams who lose in the Preliminary or Round 1 or Round 2 play in the Tier 3 Championships, a parallel Plate competition. New for 2018-19 the Notts Sport Boys U16 Schools Championships will run the same format.

Entry to the Boys Schools Championships closes on Friday 9 November. You can see details of teams who have entered each Championship to date here

If your school is not on the lists and you  want to enter please contact competitions.info@englandhockey.co.uk

In both genders the U14 Tier Championships will run in the traditional County - Regional - National - format. IN 2018-19 Counties and Regions are also running Under 14 Tier 2 and Tier 3, Under 16 Tier 3 and Under 18 Tier 4 Championships. 

These are aimed at emerging schools who are looking for competition at a more appropriate level and do not wish to play in the national competitions  There is still time to enter Boy’s Championships that will be held on the Easter term. For details of what is running in your area please contact your local Area Championships Coordinator as below

South – chris.walker@englandhockey.co.uk
West - anne.tubb@englandhockey.co.uk
Midlands and East – jane.jelley@englandhockey.co.uk
North – danny.berry@englandhockey.co.uk      


Background & further details

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



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) nb will run for Boys Schools only in 2018-19
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 players who 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.