Hockey at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate

Hockey is offered as a major sport for all age groups at Queen Ethelburga’s, with girls taking part in the winter term and boys in the spring term.

The senior teams play across both winter and spring term and training is offered to every age group across the academic year. Students engage in an extensive indoor and outdoor fixture programme with schools across the North of England and the Midlands, and a number of UK university club teams. Students regularly attend regional events, with the U18 girls achieving qualification for the National Indoor Hockey Finals, in 2017 and 2018.

Girls playing hockey at QE

Compete in hockey at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate.

Queen Ethelburga’s has excellent hockey facilities, including both a water-turf pitch and a sand-dressed-turf pitch.




Coaches have strong links with Leeds Hockey Club and many girls, past and present, playing in the Eastern Hockey League. Strong links have also been forged with local clubs, including Harrogate, Thirsk, Selby and City of York, with many former students playing for these.

Girl playing hockey at the OE vs QE event.

Coaching Expertise

Lead Hockey Coach, Mal Alexander, is an ex-player with national league playing experience and coaching expertise that ranges from four year old beginners to senior internationals.

Mal has coached in the National Premier League at Reading HC (men) and Slough HC (ladies) and has most recently been Head Coach for both the men’s and ladies’ 1st team at Wakefield HC (national league teams). 

Mal has also been Head Coach at one of the England Hockey Performance Centres and a lead coach at the Futures Cup for the past seven years.