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 with training offered to every age group across the academic year. During the 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.
At QE, a well-supported club and talent pathway for hockey is central to the success of the programme. High-quality facilities and coaching mean that students can benefit from a personalised Performance Sports Programme (PSP). Individual and small group hockey sessions allow a more detailed analysis of technical and tactical competence, allowing detailed individualised plans to be created and managed. This encompasses a bespoke strength and conditioning programme alongside sports psychology support, video analysis, prehabilitation support and rehabilitation support.
Present and former students play at county, regional and national level and there are international honours among the alumni of the hockey programme.
Lead Coach for Hockey, Mr Lewis Butcher, is a Level 4 England Hockey Coach. He has more than 20 years coaching experience at all levels of the talent pathway within England. Previously, Mr Butcher has coached in the English National League (EHL) for a number of years, including Sheffield Hockey Club Men’s 1st XI, Durham University Hockey Club Men’s and Women’s 1st XI’s and most recently, with Leeds Hockey Club Men’s 1st XI.
At talent development level, Mr Butcher has worked for England Hockey as a Talent Development Coach, culminating in coaching junior international teams for Wales U16 Boys and England U18 Boys and Girls.
Mr Butcher is assisted by Miss Louise Corkill, a former England U21 International and current EHL player at Leeds Hockey Club. Miss Corkhill is an England Hockey Advanced Coach Programme graduate (formerly Level 3 Coach Award) and has been an active Head Coach within the talent pathway, most notably at Performance Centre level.
QE coaches have strong links with Leeds Hockey Club and a significant number of girls, past and present, playing in the EHL. Strong links have also been forged with local clubs including Harrogate, Thirsk, Selby and City of York, with many former students currently playing for these.
Queen Ethelburga’s have excellent hockey facilities, including both a water-turf pitch and a sand-dressed-turf pitch. Find out more, here.
Aimee Parke - Hockey
My greatest highlight at QE has been participating in the Sport Elite Programme for hockey. Since beginning the program in Year 10, I quickly progressed from playing 3rd team hockey at Leeds Hockey Club to playing in the 1st team. Now post-QE, I have continued to play a high level of hockey at the University of Nottingham.
Eleanor Start - Hockey
The hockey coaches went out of their way to introduce us to new skills and to clarify tactics and formations. Unlike other schools and sports clubs, QE’s coaching staff was supportive of both my sporting and academic pursuits, valuing not only the player but the individual.
Helena Youmans - Hockey
My two years at QE were two of the best years of my school career. I got the opportunity to have a taste of what it was like to train as a full-time athlete, while completing my A-levels in one of the best schools in the area.
Imogen Hall - Hockey - Class of 2017
I developed my hockey skills massively with the help of two fantastic coaches. Not only were they coaches, but they were also friends who supported you on and off the pitch.
QE helped me get to my chosen university and helped me push my hockey to a higher level.