Girls’ Hockey at Chigwell
Girls’ hockey is played throughout the Michaelmas term at Chigwell, and continues for Key Stage 2 during the Lent term. In total, we currently have eighteen teams ranging in age from U9 all the way through to our girls’ 1st XI squad.
There is an important focus on participation and development with the younger teams. A, B, C and D teams are in place from Year 5 through to Year 7, and every girl in these year groups will represent the school in a competitive match at some point during the hockey season. After-school practice sessions are not exclusive to squad members and anyone wishing to attend, in any year group, is able to do so. We have an extensive fixture list and matches take place during the girls’ games sessions, after school and Saturday mornings. The school boasts a floodlit all-weather Astroturf pitch and has good club links with Old Loughtonians’ Hockey Club, whose Olympic standard waterbase pitches we often use for matches and games sessions.
Chigwell School has a long established reputation of investing in the development of hockey, employing well respected and qualified hockey coaches to strengthen the girls’ learning. Most of the coaches working at Chigwell have national league playing experience, and some have coached at national and international level. Very often the school attracts high profile international players to come in to lead coaching sessions for the girls, which is both enjoyable and extremely beneficial for the pupils . We are very proud to have a number of our pupils playing at county and JRPC level, and we are also delighted to have watched a number develop through the ranks and to go on and play at National League club level.
Regardless of ability, every girl at Chigwell is encouraged to become involved with sport and to experience the enjoyment of being part of a team, in order to promote individual development. We are very proud of every child’s achievements here at Chigwell School. We celebrate and value participation on par with excelling, and aim to provide a positive sporting experience for every one of our girls.
Miranda Baldwin, Head of Girls’ Games