Hockey is a thriving sport at Mount Kelly and one that is hugely popular with many pupils, with more children playing than ever before.
The girls play hockey in the Michaelmas Term whilst the boys play in the Lent term. Year 9 pupils and above receive a double lesson during the week as well as a one hour squad training session during an evening. Each games session covers a variety of different skills and techniques that progress as pupils make their way through the school. The facilities at Mount Kelly include three all-weather pitches.
Fixtures are predominantly played on a Saturday with some mid-week matches included in the fixture list. Fixtures are played against a variety of local independent schools and participation in these is firmly encouraged. County and regional tournaments are also considered within the games programme.
The hockey programme is led by experienced coaches who have played and coached at regional, national and international level, and offering some of the highest quality coaching available in a school.
The partnership between Mount Kelly and Tavistock Hockey club has led to brand new playing and changing facilities as well as an increase in the number of children representing in club level hockey. The standard of players at the school has never been so high with multiple children representing at county and international level.
In recent years teams have embarked on international tours, including a successful First XI tour to Holland in October 2018.
This is our selected out-of-season training programme for each major sport. These academies enable us to prepare effectively for the season ahead, by improving our pupils’ individual skills as well as creating a team culture in which they are able to learn from one another. Our Heads of Sport lead the sessions at both Junior and Senior level, using contemporary coaching strategies to develop and improve individual core skills. Coaches will also start laying the foundations for what we refer to as ‘The Mount Kelly Way’ – a commonly understood set of principles that will underpin not only our playing strategy, but also our wider sporting ethos. The aim is that all age groups – from the youngest teams at the Prep, to the first teams at the College – will train and play to an established pattern, with a consistent philosophy of coaching and playing.
After spending his childhood playing all sports on offer it wasn't until secondary school that Mr Honey picked up a Hockey stick and fell in love with the sport that he is so heavily involved in today. After quickly progressing through his local clubs Men's section he was playing senior 1st XI standard by the age of 14, county and regional level soon followed.
Whilst at Plymouth Marjon University studying an Applied Sports Science & Coaching Degree he had the opportunity to represent one if the largest clubs in the south west at 1st XI level, Plymouth Marjon Hockey Club. Here he was able to develop as a player representing at regional and national league level.
His love of the game soon transferred onto a coaching and teaching platform where he then completed his teacher training at Mount Kelly in 2013. Mr Honey was appointed as Head of Hockey for the Foundation in 2017 where he currently teaches both at Prep and College. Mr Honey is also the head coach for Tavistock Hockey Club as well as coaching within the England Hockey single system at multiple age groups.
Mount Kelly Hockey is going through an exciting period of time. We now have more children playing than ever before and have the most fixtures being played against a variety of different opposition, both school and local clubs. The partnership that the school is fostering between school and Tavistock Hockey club has led to brand new playing and changing facilities as well as an increase in the number of children representing in club level hockey. The standard in players at the school has never been so high with multiple children representing at county as well as international level. Our target at Mount Kelly Hockey is to further increase the number of children participating in the sport and support them on their journeys at whatever level that may be.