Ten national U18 girls’ hockey titles in 13 years have been won by Repton School after the squad retained its Investec Schools Championships for Girls title at the Olympic Park in London last Thursday.
As well as a decade of winning, the victory marks another significant achievement. The U18 girls’ squad won the national indoor title in January, thus making them double national title holders.
The Championship finals took place over two days at the Lee Valley Stadium and saw eight teams from around the country face each other in group stages and then a final.
Repton had an outstanding tournament, scoring 16 goals in their first three matches followed by a further five in the final against Millfield. They conceded only one goal throughout the competition, which is the nation’s top event for schools’ hockey for girls.
The U18s were not the only Repton squad to return from the event with a medal; the U16s had also gained a place in the national finals in which they also played some superb hockey. They got through to the final, losing out to Wellington College by a single goal. This was the third consecutive year that Repton had made the National U16 Final and the 1-0 defeat in the final was the only goal they conceded in the whole competition.
Commenting on the results, Headmaster Alastair Land said: “We are very proud of all the girls, coming away with a national title and a silver medal is excellent. Well done and congratulations to the players and coaches. These self-same champions and runners up will achieve top A levels and GCSEs, a testament to Repton’s emphasis on wholeness.
Director of Sport Ian Pollock said: “It was a real pleasure to see these two Repton teams give such a good account of themselves over two days at The Olympic Park.
“Having had the opportunity to see these teams prepare, I am aware how serious and how dedicated the two groups were to their teammates, the school and their goal. This effort, although unseen by many, is what allowed them to be as successful as they were and is an example to all about what it takes to reach this level consistently. I am delighted for all the players and coaches involved."