By Laura Taylor, Oct 23 2020 04:29PM
Trent College in Derbyshire are to sponsor the first team kit for national champions Beeston Hockey Club.
More than 60 pupils from the school currently represent the club, from the U12 side to the first team and senior set up. Members of staff and former pupils also play for the Bees at various levels.
And director of sport Richard Mahony says: “Collaboration is at the heart of sport, both on and off the pitch. Our sports department works closely with key organisations to ensure pupils have the opportunities to maximise their potential in any sport.
“Building links and partnerships with organisations is essential for providing pupils with access to a high level of performance and a variety of pathways.”
With their men and women’s first teams securing a historic double cup win last season, Beeston Hockey Club (the Bees) are the pinnacle of professional hockey in England.
And Richard added: “These connections are testament to a whole school commitment to sport and the passion it fuels among our pupils.
“By forging mutually beneficial partnerships that facilitate development opportunities and sporting experiences, schools can get the best performances out of young sporting talent.”
Providing talented players with opportunities to develop is an area where Trent College excels and the school has earned a reputation for sporting excellence.
Last year they became U18 Girls’ National Indoor Hockey Champions for the first time and were placed placed 11th on School Sport Magazine’s Top 100 Independent Sports Schools’ list.
The ambitious school sports programme that drives this success is built on a philosophy Richard calls the 3Ps (Participation, Progression and Performance).
It ensures that every pupil receives support according to his or her abilities and has a clear development pathway.
Richard explained: “Our relationship with Beeston Hockey Club is a brilliant example of a partnership that allows our pupils to access a higher level of performance, which in turn benefits our outcomes at Trent College.
“We have forged relationships with partner organisations in all of our performance sports to ensure our most skilled athletes receive the highest levels of support.
“We work closely with Notts CCC and Derbyshire CCC, who often use our facilities for their 2nd XI fixtures, as well as Loughborough Lightning, Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers.”