Christ College has a fine tradition of high achievement in Hockey. The College fields teams in all age groups in both Girls’ and Boys’ during the Michaelmas and Lent terms respectively, with a highly competitive fixture list against some of the best schools in Wales and the border counties. With facilities on site, College pupils are able to train in all 3 terms, especially since the creation of the school’s highly successful mixed Summer Hockey League in 2015.
Both Girls’ and Boys’ teams have achieved considerable success over the last 10 years. The Girls’ are current U18 Welsh National Champions, and the U16s National Runner’s up. Since 2011 a Christ College girls’ teams has reached at least the National Semi Finals every year. The Boys’ are also strong, with 7 National Titles achieved since 2014 at U14, U16 and U18 level.
Each year Christ College boys and girls play in the Hockey Wales 360 Talent Development Programme, which is hosted at the College each Monday from September to April. The strongest individuals have then gone on to Aspire, NAGs and eventually Welsh National representation. Each year Christ College will have players in the Wales U18s/U16s squads, featuring in the Futures Cup and other international matches, with the College currently being the home of 6 internationals players.
Christ College also has established excellent club links, with many of its junior players training and playing for Brecon HC, while the stronger more senior players train and play for Cardiff Met HC throughout the season, comfortably managing school, club and national commitments.
Christ College hockey teams regularly host overseas schools from Germany, South Africa and Argentina, with U16 and U18 Girls also embarking on 2 week tours of South Africa every three years.
The Coaching Team
Girls’ and Boys’ Hockey has been led for over 10 years by Director of Hockey Dr Dominic Phelps. After playing hockey at school, club and university level, Dominic came to Christ College from Blundell’s School in 2008 and quickly revitalized the College’s hockey programme. He is a Level 2 coach, has worked with Hockey Wales both in their talent development programme and as South Wales Schoolboys Coordinator. He coaches both the Girls’ and Boys’ 1st XIs as well as a range of other teams from U14-U18 level.
Mr Chris Marriott is the College’s Hockey Professional and has assisted Dominic since joining the school in 2013 from Cambridge University, where he enjoyed a hugely successful 3 year tenure as Head Coach. Chris is a highly experienced Level 3 Coach who has worked in the English and Great Britain set ups and is also a qualified coach educator and assessor, regularly delivering courses and workshops for Great Britain Hockey. He leads the Hockey Wales NAGS Academy in Cardiff and is also the Head Coach at Cardiff University. Chris was the Hockey Wales Coach of the Year in 2016 and has recently been selected to join the European Hockey Federation Top Coaches Programme.
Mr Tom Wood is the College’s recently appointed Hockey Assistant and he works to support male and female hockey players of all ages throughout the programme. Tom was a Christ College pupil between 2014 and 2016 and captained the 1st XI to an unbeaten season and a 3rd consecutive U18 National Championship title. He has represented Wales at U16 and U18 level, coaches at Brecon Hockey Club and is currently on sabbatical from Cardiff Met University, where he both studies and plays.”
Mr Richard Lovering is the College’s resident S&C coach and works with male and female players across two sessions per week. He is a qualified Level 2 fitness coach and is currently working towards his level 3.
Mrs Suzy Phelps is Houseparent in De Winton House, a former U16 Welsh National Hockey champion, qualified Level 4 sports massage therapist and wellbeing mentor; she is currently completing an MA in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. She is responsible for helping to maintain the overall physical and mental health of the College’s elite hockey players.