Oundle pupil attends England High Performance Hockey Academy
18th December 2014

In late October, Oundle School pupil, Charlie Field (16) was invited to attend a three day session at England Hockey’s High Performance Academy Centre (HiPAC) held at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire.

HiPAC is an U15/17 camp for boys and girls that feeds on average five players from each age group into the National squads of the years above (U16/18). These selected players may eventually represent their country in competition a year early. At this year’s HiPAC there were 72 boys in the U17 age group split into 4 regions/teams: East, West, Midlands and North.

Charlie, who played at England U16 level last season, commented, “As we arrived we had a brief meeting on what we were going to be doing for the next couple of days and also an introduction to the England U18 head coach who told us exactly what he was looking for; desire as well as flair. He wanted people who fought on the pitch with very high quality skills as well. We only had one training session on day 1 and it was a fairly light intensity session that consisted of 2v2, 3v3 and 4v4 (attackers v defenders) that were all followed by a shot to test the goalkeepers.”

Day 2 involved practice sessions, focussing on short corners, and 7-a-side tournament with each region having 2 teams - making 8 teams in total. Each team played one of the teams representing each of the other regions.


Charlie added, “We came up against a surprisingly strong North team who actually took the lead early on but we then put 5 goals past them and their late consolation goal was not enough to turn the game around. Our next match against the Midlands, who we expected to put up a good fight, resulted in a convincing victory of 5-0. We were all by this stage very tired and we came up against a resilient West who managed to keep it to a 2-2 draw.”

Day 3 was tough with an active recovery run at 6am, followed by a light pitch session and then a victorious (5-0) 11-a-side game against the West.

Charlie concluded, “The hockey camp was very rewarding and a great experience and I hope that I have done enough to impress the selectors.” 

Charlie’s Tutor, Tim Hipperson added, “The School is very proud of Charlie’s success with his Hockey. Representing his country at U16 level is a tremendous achievement and reflects the time and effort he has put into his sport. It is very promising to see him doing so well in his first year in the U18 category, and the manner in which his game is developing through playing for Cambridge City’s 1st XI. “


Background Information on Oundle School

Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.

The School’s history dates back to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. The School is now embarking on a large SciTec Campus development project which will see a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to SciTec as well as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department within the Patrick Engineering Centre. Due for completion in September 2016, the development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering both physically and philosophically, enabling pupils to move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports Masterplan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years, including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion due to open April 2015. 

There are currently 1110 pupils are on roll at Oundle School, with 850 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day School for children aged 4 to 11. 

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