Sports at Hill House
Hockey is the major sport at Hill House for Girls in the Michaelmas Term and for Boys in the Lent Term. Last season over 350 pupils represented the school on Hockey pitches throughout the North of England.
The Paver Hockey pitch opened in September 2015 and is finished to a very high specification. The new pitch brought great excitement for pupils and staff, who could not wait to play on it. The coaching at Hill House School is of a high standard, with many of the academic staff (some of whom have international honours) contributing alongside professional coaches. Over the past 12 months the pupils have benefited from coaching sessions from GB internationals Imran Sherwani, Ollie Willars and Chloe Rodgers.
The School currently runs 34 teams, from 1st XI to Under 9 C team level, encouraging all girls and boys to enjoy and develop in the sport. Fixtures tend to take place during games afternoons and after school, and the teams also have two training sessions a week.
Hill House School has been host to the County round of the U11, U13, U14 and U16 tournaments and also hosted the U13 North West regional final of the England hockey IN2 Hockey Tournament. The school is county champion at most age ranges.
Hill House has embarked on a number of international Hockey tours with Holland being the predominant destination. The tours are designed specifically to provide not only a high level of Hockey but also a range of educational and cultural experiences. In summer 2017 we are travelling further afield with a Girls’ hockey squad travelling to South Africa.
A number of players at the school have gone onto play representative hockey through the England Hockey single system pathway at South Yorkshire, JDC, JAC and JRPC.
Netball is the major sport at Hill House for girls in the Lent Term. The girls start Netball in Year 3 through to 6th form. It is a fast paced game offering challenges both physical and mental and sees pupils given the chance to display leadership, confidence, determination and teamwork.
We currently run 25 teams from U8 through to 1st VII which enables all pupils to have the opportunity to represent the school and to develop their netballing skills against appropriate competition.
Fixtures against other Independent schools from Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire generally take place during games afternoons, providing teams with the opportunity to test their skills in competitive situations. During the season we enter many tournament and competitions at various age groups. These are exciting events as they enable players to play against different oppositions from further afield.
We have developed good links with the Yorkshire Jets super league team and have a number of pupils representing both Yorkshire and South Yorkshire at various age groups.
We run an annual Netball tour to Condover Hall in Shropshire where the girls play a number of matches over the weekend against schools from all over the country as well as embarking on team building activities.
The School introduced 9 new Astroturf tennis courts to our facilities this year and tennis is now the major sport for girls during the summer term.
Pupils start tennis in Years 3 and 4, playing during PE lessons. Years 5 to Upper Sixth play tennis during their games afternoons and, from Year 7 play competitive matches against other Independent Schools. The school also has strong links with Doncaster LTC.
The school’s philosophy is to extend and challenge players to the best of their abilities, but also to provide a good grounding in a sport which will give them lifelong opportunities to play tennis both competitively and socially.
Fixtures / results
Please visit our sports fixtures and results portal for details of matches, results as well as venues.
High Performance Centre
The School’s High Performance Centre which opened in September 2015 caters for the development of all aspiring athletes within the school. We have a specialist strength and conditioning coach programming and leading sessions based around Fundamental Movement Skills for the younger year groups right through to Olympic lifting and Strength training for the senior pupils.
Pupils using the High Performance Centre have varying programs depending on their physical maturation and sporting goals, whether it is improved strength, body composition, speed or aerobic capacity. Our facilities can accommodate each child’s individual development in a safe and controlled environment.