Head of Hockey: Jimmy Devney
Background: Jimmy joined Dauntsey’s in September 2016 from South Wales where he was Head of PE for seven years. Jimmy continues to play hockey for Cardiff & Met in the Men’s West Conference of the National League and captained the side for 7 years. During this time, he captained the side to three EHL West Conference titles, the European Hockey League (2014 and 2016) and also to victory in the European Trophy 2016. He has represented Wales and was part of the Commonwealth Games Training Squad in 2013-2014. He is also currently Head of Academic PE.
Hockey at Dauntsey's
Hockey is played at Dauntsey’s as the main sport for the girls and boys in the Autumn and Spring Terms respectively. The aim of the coaching team is to develop individual core skills, as well as preparing teams to represent the School on match days. There is a big emphasis on creating a team ethos and pupils are encouraged to take leadership on the field. All boys and girls have games twice a week throughout the term, with extra practices taking place where necessary.
Up to twelve girls’ and twelve boys’ hockey teams regularly compete against other schools on a Saturday afternoon, with some midweek matches also being played. Internal matches are also played on Saturday afternoon to give all girls and boys an opportunity to play. Dauntsey’s enters the U18 Boys’ Boarding Schools Cup, as well as National competitions. In 2005, the U16 boys’ were National Schools’ Quarter-Finalists, whilst the First XI boys’ reached the same stage in 2006 and 2008.
Every three years both the First XI Girls’ and Boys’ Squads go on a major tour. In the last 15 years this has included tours to South Africa, Australia, Barbados, Spain and the Netherlands.
Dauntsey’s hockey is very proud of the number of players who go on to representative honours at County, Regional and National Level. In the past, we have produced U16, U18 and U21 International players for England and Wales. We have close links with Team Bath Buccaneers HC and Devizes HC, as well as a number of players who are involved with JRPC training squads. Coaching master classes from Simon Mason (ex GB & England goalkeeper, Olympian and current President of England Hockey) are arranged where possible with our players.