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.
I was born and raised in New Zealand and have played rugby at representative level in different age groups for the Wellington province. I moved to the UK in 2005 and have played at a professional level in the English Championship and in the All Ireland League. I have a first-class honours degree in Sports Performance which I undertook whilst playing at Plymouth Albion RFC. I am a qualified teacher of PE and previously taught at Camborne Science International Academy, Cornwall. Alongside this role I was also Head Coach for Redruth RFC National League Rugby.
I am an experienced and passionate rugby professional and educator, and am extremely interested and enthusiastic in developing individual skills and team performance through coaching and management of players ensuring that core values are paramount. My philosophy is just as much about helping pupils develop as people as it is about developing their sport.