Secondary Schools

Opportunities to play hockey in secondary school


Hockey is one of the most gender equitable team sports and is fun, fast, safe and exciting. There are generally three formats of hockey delivered in secondary schools and the most appropriate format depends on the age and stage of the player, along with the facilities at the school.

Competition Opportunities in Schools

A variety of competition formats are available to suit the level of the school and the players taking part.

School Games 

The School Games is a programme designed to keep competitive sport at the heart of schools.  At intra school level the formats can be to play some small sided matches or to try some hockey skills challenges within school as part of a hockey or school games themed festival.  Further hockey specific School Games information can be found here.

Junior Hockey Opportunities in Clubs 

Many schools have links to their local hockey clubs to support students to want to play hockey out side of school. Hockey Clubs are accessible and welcoming environments providing a range of traditional, informal and social hockey opportunities to fit your aspirations, experience and lifestyle. With hundreds of clubs across the country that provide a fun, social and welcoming experience, you can use our Find a Club page to search for local clubs. As every club is unique, we recommend following up with them to discuss suitable options.

The Player Pathway

The Player Pathway provides an environment that helps all junior players realise their hockey potential. From Development Centres where players begin to stretch themselves beyond school and club hockey to perhaps going on to represent England or Great Britain at junior or senior level, there is a pathway for all ages. Schools and teachers can nominate their players to attend Development or Academy Centres