Hockey

This is a great time to be involved in what is arguably Christ College’s most successful sport at the moment.

Led by Dr Dominic Phelps and our Professional Hockey Coach, Chris Marriott, Christ College's recent tradition of high achievement in Hockey is set to continue in the future. CCB regularly fields teams in all age groups in both Girls' and Boys' Hockey in the Michaelmas and Lent terms respectively, with a highly competitive fixture list against some of the best schools in Wales and the border counties.

Both Girls' and Boys' teams have achieved considerable success over the last five years; in April 2014 the Boys' U18s, U16s and our Mixed U12s all won their respective Welsh National championship;  In 2015 Boys' U18s and U16s  retained that title, and in 2016 U18's and U12's  are Regional Champions, County Champions and National Champions.

Our U14, U16 and U18 Girls are currently reigning as Powys Regional champions (U18’s 6 years in a row)  with the U18’s this year making their sixth consecutive National final  and U16’s their 3rd consecutive National final.   14 Girls are currently in Hockey Wales 360 Talent Development programme at CCB.    The Start of the 2016/17 season has seen the U16s & U18's  retain their South Powys titles.

Many of our strongest players have also gone on to regional and Welsh national representation.    In 2016 we had 6 players in the Wales U18s/U16's squad  along with our very own Level 3 England Hockey accredited coach Mr Chris Marriott.   

7 years – 45 county, regional and national hockey titles.  

In September 2014 Christ College announced a new partnership with Hockey Wales to develop a new Talented Player Development centre to be at the school.  This partnership continues to flourish with an ever increasing number of players from local schools and clubs attending weekly sessions with Hockey Wales talent development coaching staff where they receive high quality on pitch coaching and off pitch athlete education and lifestyle support.

"The atmosphere is like any good club - tough sport, great social!"
 

Chris Marriott - Hockey Professional

Chris is the Hockey Professional at CCB and has led the schools hockey programme to unprecedented success, with teams in 2013/14 season (his first with the school) winning no fewer than eleven County, Regional and National titles.  

2015/16 saw the school retaining the U18 Boys National title and the addition of the U12 National champions cup to the trophy cabinet. 

U14, U16 and U18 girls also won their county and regional titles.

Chris joined CCB after a hugely successful three-year stint as Head Coach at Cambridge University, leading both the men’s and women’s teams to domestic and BUCS success. He led both Blues teams to victories over Oxford University in the annual Varsity matches in 2012 and 2013. Cambridge teams won all six of their Varsity matches in 2013 and under his charge, Cambridge Blues teams were undefeated in Varsity matches.  
  

Prior to his move to the Light Blues, Chris spent 13 years working for Hockey Wales as the National Coaching Manager. Following a spell as an England Hockey Talent Development Coach, during which time he led an England Girls U17 team to a bronze medal in the UK School Games, as well as leading weekly sessions for England U16 and U18 athletes in the West/South West of England.

Chris has now returned to Hockey Wales and has taken on the role of Team Coach with the Wales National Age Group Squads and in 2016 led the Wales Under 16’s through test series in Switzerland, Scotland, and to a Gold medal in the European Hockey championships in Lithuania.  He is the Head Coach at Hockey Wales 360 Talent Development Centres in Brecon and Wrexham.   


He is a level 3 Coach and as a qualified coach educator and assessor has delivered numerous coaching courses for England Hockey and Hockey   

As a player Chris played in the English National League, won a number of Welsh Cup winners medals and participated in three European Club Championships. He started coaching in 1996 and he has been involved in coaching at club, regional, national and international levels. He has worked with both the men’s and women’s Welsh Senior National Teams and has attended numerous European Championships as a Team Manager, Assistant Coach and Performance Analyst.