Framlingham College enjoys record-breaking hockey campaign
Framlingham College is celebrating the most successful hockey season in its history.
Having qualified for a total of six East Region Finals, the school went on to be crowned champions in four of those and was runner-up in another,
Nationally, the school were runners-up and quarter-finalists at the Under-13 and Under-11 IAPS Finals respectively – with four more national finals scheduled to be played in January.
For the past few years, the U18 Girls’ squad has developed national recognition consistently qualifying for national finals and regularly finishing in the top four in the country.
This year, that success has been filtering down through the whole school.
There has been regional and national success for every girls’ team – U18, U16, U14, U13 and U11.
And although the boys’ season does not officially get under way until next month, the Under-18 team has already tasted success as they went on to clinch the Indoor East Championships.
The College’s head of hockey, Jamie Kingstone, said: “It truly is the most successful season we have ever had.
“We have never had more than one team qualify for the Indoor Nationals, let alone three.”
Meanwhile, director of sport Nick Gandy added: “This has been a quite extraordinary term for hockey at Framlingham College, and our U18 Girls also remain on course to qualify for the Tier 1 Quarter-Finals of the England Hockey Schools’ Championships.
“A lot of the success that we enjoy is down to the quality of the coaching across both the Prep and Senior Schools, and the amount of time that is spent on the development of the individual.
“Quite simply, we have an exceptionally well-qualified and dedicated coaching team, led by our head of hockey, Jamie Kingstone.
“As a result, the College hockey programme is now among the very best in the UK.
“Having won gold, silver and bronze in recent years, we are hoping to add to this medal tally in the new year.”
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