Hockey is the major sport for girls in the Michaelmas Term. Mixed hockey takes place in the Trinity Term.
Hockey is a popular sport for the girls at Kingham. With the astroturf always full of boys and girls enjoying learning and playing, it is a great place to be. Kingham Hockey has a distinctive DNA. Playing and training in a way that encapsulates our informal motto (Working Hard, Playing Hard and Serving Well), all pupils aim to embody this in their approach to hockey. Enabling the pupils to learn, develop and grow in training we distinctly encourage the pupils to have fun, get lots of touches of the ball, make decisions for themselves and enjoy game play!
Kingham Hockey has teams for everyone. All girls are encouraged to play competitively, from the U12 through to the Senior Squads (both 1st and 2nd teams). Fixtures are highlights of the week and with successes throughout the school, we have continued to see hockey grow within the school. In the Trinity Term, we enter the Oxfordshire Mixed League, playing fixtures against club teams in the county. This is a mix of senior pupils and staff, which is a great opportunity for the pupils to test themselves against adult opposition.
Each year, the season finishes with a Hockey Awards evening, which celebrates the highs and lows of the season. We have been fortunate to have Great Britain internationals, which has included Susannah Townsend (Gold medalist from Rio 2016) and Sarah Robertson (Bronze medalist from Tokyo 2020) to present the awards and inspire the next generation.
My best moment of KHS sport would have to be the 2019 hockey season, as I believed it displayed the development and progress of female sport at KHS, and showed the talent that we had.
Sport at KHS means dedication, but also stepping outside of your comfort zone. At the start of each season we are encouraged to participate in the main sport, and I know that many people who thought they did not enjoy hockey ended up participating in an entire season.
Through participating in sport at KHS, you learn new values and develop new characteristics. You learn responsibility, teamwork, communication and resilience. When in senior sport you realise that your responsibilities are also extended to your life off the pitch as well as on. I've had some amazing opportunities that have been given to me as a result of participating in sport at KHS. We received coaching from Great Britain hockey players in preseason, I've been able to go on two tours and have had the opportunity to coach the younger years in both hockey and netball, and I plan to return on my year off to help coach during the hockey or the netball season. I have also had the opportunity to coach the pupils from Kingham primary for my sports leader qualifications which I thoroughly enjoyed as well.
Ella (pictured below), 2020 Colour society member