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Every student has the opportunity to develop their team play and skills to the max, both technical and specialist; we encourage versatility, confidence to play in more than one position, willingness to try things and being unafraid of making mistakes.

Collaborative, competitive and inclusive

No matter if students have played every day in the past or not at all, the opportunity to play Hockey and represent the School is there for everyone.  We are able to introduce beginners to the sport as well as develop and challenge those at the top ability level. Every step of the way our experienced, passionate and motivated staff are able to support students with their game and skill development, in line with their ambitions and aspirations.

Our Head of Hockey and double Olympian, Mariette Rix and her team, deliver a variety of approaches and coaching styles, striving to instil a life-long love for the game and a passion for playing.

Through Hockey we aim to develop much more than ability, game play and fitness. A number of other skills are encouraged and established, including: leadership, collaboration, creativity, communication, relationships, resilience, decision-making, confidence and problem solving.  With a process rather than outcome-focussed approach, learning opportunities are embraced - win or lose, succeed or fail.

Playing Hockey at Woodbridge

One of the biggest team sports at Woodbridge School, Hockey is played in Prep School from Year 3, right through to Senior School and into the Sixth Form.

Hockey is played by girls during Michaelmas term, and boys during Lent term, from Years 3 to 10.  From Year 11 through to 13 Hockey is the main team sport option for both girls and boys in the respective terms.  Games lessons and co-curricular practices focus on developing technical skills, tactical knowledge and the application of both.

The player pathway

We actively encourage motivated and talented players to become involved with hockey in their local community.  By joining clubs or participating in County trials, students can follow the framework of progression through the Player Pathway, which supports all junior players to realise their potential.  Students achieve yearly success at County level and above, but whatever the level of play, we support and encourage students to enjoy the journey and make happy sporting memories.


Lower School fixtures are mostly played on Wednesdays during mid-week games lesson, offering every student the opportunity to play in competitive fixtures.  From Year 9 and above, fixtures are also played mid-week as well as weekends on Saturdays.  Opportunities also exist for advanced players to ‘play up’ when appropriate and possible.

Notable achievements

Since its inception, the England Hockey Performance Centre has featured high calibre players from Woodbridge School, with some going on to achieve higher National success.  Similarly, our players have also enjoyed much success at club level, playing in National and top Regional Leagues for both Suffolk and Norfolk.

Any queries?

Day Admissions

Lucy Flack (Day Admissions Manager)
Tel: 01394 615041

Boarding Admissions

Emma Rutterford (Boarding & International Admissions Manager)
Tel: +44 (0)1394 615041

Pre-Prep and Prep Admissions

Karen Virr (PA to The Head of Woodbridge School Prep)
Tel: 01394 382673

Meet the staff

Mariette Rix (Head of Hockey)

Believing firmly that sport teaches values, resilience and respect, our Head of Hockey Mariette Rix is the perfect inspiration and role model for students, with a wealth of experience and skills to share.

A double Olympian (Beijing 2008 and London 2012) with 179 test matches (caps), Mariette also played in two World Cup tournaments, one Commonwealth Games and two Champions Challenge tournaments.

A  Level 2 Hockey coach, an EH National League coach and England Hockey Performance Centre goalkeeper coach, she and the ambitious School Hockey coaching team strive to inspire the next generation of Hockey players.

The latest news

All of the latest Hockey news from Woodbridge School.

National League Debut – March 2024

On Saturday Woodbridge School astro hosted its first National League hockey match, when Ipswich Hockey Club Ladies 1st team was…
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14 Mar 24

Hockey Hattrick Heroes Run the Show in Wins Against Orwell Park

The Wednesday before half term saw five of our Junior hockey teams host Orwell Park School. This is always a…
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1 Mar 24

U12 Girls Hockey Against Boundary Oak on Tour 

Last Friday evening a group of Year 7 students formed their first U12 hockey team to play against a touring…
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8 Mar 24

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