Every pupil can play hockey at Gresham’s and is able to participate in school matches; boy or girl, experienced or inexperienced, Gresham’s meets the needs of all.
Two floodlit Astroturf pitches, one newly laid (2010) allow training and matches to continue all year round at Gresham’s and we regularly host both County, Regional, International Tournaments and Festivals including the hugely successful Gresham’s Prep Schools’ Festival held every March.
Hockey is the major game for girls (Michaelmas) and boys (Lent), with full fixture lists that include games against schools across the region. The 1st XI faces consistently strong opposition from Schools within and outside our region together with participating in local, regional and national hockey competitions.
We are delighted to welcome Head of Hockey, Duncan Buckmaster to Gresham’s for the start of the 2017/18 season. Duncan joined Gresham’s from St Edwards School in Oxford where he has coached hockey for the last three years. He works within the England Hockey pathway as Head coach of the Bury Boys Performance Centre and has coached adult and junior groups at various clubs in Oxfordshire. As a qualified athletic development coach, Duncan has worked with athletes from hockey, tennis, netball and badminton from beginners to national level. Duncan has joined Gresham’s with a view to creating a programme to develop players through from the Prep School to Senior School and beyond, this will include athletic development and hockey.
Every year both boys and girls attend County training, are selected for regional trials, achieve regional selection and in the recent past have earned an England trial with some earning full National Honours.