|The College aims to deliver an exciting, dynamic, and progressive hockey programme for all of our players. The facilities provide the opportunity for all year round training for both boys and girls in all years. They are excellent and extensive and we have a dedicated team of coaches which is led by Director of Hockey, Imran Sherwani. Imran won 45 caps for Great Britain and 49 caps for England, scoring twice in the Olympic final to become a Gold Medallist at the 1988 Seoul Games.
Denstone is developing an impressive record of success in both girls’ and boys’ hockey. All the teams have a competitive fixture list giving the opportunity for players to compete in county and national rounds. Our hockey teams regularly win county titles with our U16 girls reaching the National Finals recently. Competition within the teams is encouraged by all members of staff to ensure that each athlete continues to develop during his or her time at the school. Places in teams are fiercely contested, and we continue to drive forward, challenging an ever increasing number of prestigious opponents. The College has for many years provided players for county and midlands teams and this has grown over the past two years with players now being selected for national squads. Individual player development is of paramount importance to our hockey programme with pupils encouraged to play all year round, particularly if they do not have other sporting commitments.
The development of athletes as individuals and as a team is important at Denstone. Athletes receive individual support through the provision of specific strength and conditioning coaching directed towards their athletic development.
Dan Legg (Assistant Director of Sport) - Hockey has always been a passion of mine, having played for as long as I can remember. My first club was a club in Norfolk, Harleston Magpies HC. I spent 15 years there as a player working my way up through the junior section, ending up in the first team and making my national league debut aged 15. After another 5 years at the club, I then moved to Leeds Beckett University where I continued on my hockey pathway. I captained the men’s 1st team, playing an integral role in the university gaining promotion and having a very successful cup run for three years. During my time at Leeds, I joined a local national league team, Doncaster HC, where I spent 6 years competing in Conference North Men’s National League. Since university, I have been the Assistant Coach of the Ladies 1st Team Hockey at Loughborough University, as well as being the lead coach of the Ladies 2nd Team. This involved working with current international players. Now at Denstone College, I play for Belper HC in the Men’s 1st team as well as still being fully involved within the England Hockey Pathway System, coaching the Boys U15 squad at the East Midlands Performance Centre.