There was great excitement in both London and Dorset on Monday evening, 9th September, as Canford took home the prestigious ‘Public School of the Year’ trophy at the annual Tatler Schools Awards
The Hockey club at Canford has a long tradition of excellence and success. This is made possible by first class facilities, accomplished coaches, a large pool of player talent and a challenging fixture list.
The facilities include two Astroturf pitches, four grass pitches and a full sized indoor arena. The main flood-lit surface was re-laid in August 2015 with a high standard TigerTurf Evo Pro artificial carpet.
There are 25 staff involved in the delivery of the Hockey programme; many of whom have a range of coaching and/or playing experience.
These staff oversee 12 girls and 13 boys teams. This equates to over 300 pupils over the Christmas and Easter terms regularly representing the School in competitive fixtures. All teams have at least two dedicated training sessions per week. In addition, there are consistent opportunities for the development of strength and conditioning and set-piece preparation.
All year groups, across a range of ability have the opportunity to play matches. Regular opposition include Millfield, Marlborough College, Wellington College, Cranleigh, Sherborne, Bryanston, Blundell’s, Taunton School and St. Edward’s, Oxford.
A challenging fixture list tests our players and prepares them to contest the county, regional and national stages of the England Hockey Schools’ competitions. Frequently, our boys’ and girls’ teams are crowned county champions, whilst we also have a rich history of achievement at regional and national level. This level of attainment has the effect of attracting a high standard of hockey players to the school. Strong links exist with Bournemouth HC, whilst individuals are actively encouraged to seek representative honours. Furthermore, our pupils are supported in their aspirations within the England Hockey Player Pathway and a number frequently attend the local Performance Centres.