Marlborough enjoys a long tradition of excellence in hockey and has produced more Oxbridge Blues than any other school.
Hockey was first played at Marlborough College in 1874. There has always been a close link between Marlborough hockey and the Varsity Match; nine Marlburians played in the first Cambridge-Oxford clash in 1890. No fewer than 36 of the Cambridge and Oxford captains have been former Marlborough pupils.
A number of our current and past pupils are involved in the England Hockey Player Pathway and strong links have been created between the College and local and regional hockey clubs in order to define a clear pathway in hockey for those wishing to progress into club and representative hockey. A number of our pupils regularly play at both junior and senior level with Reading Hockey Club whilst others take the option to stay more locally and play in a regional league with Marlborough Town Hockey Club. In recent years the College has produced many age group and senior internationals who have played within the English and Welsh national squads.
In the summer of 2013, the College replaced and upgraded the astroturf pitches to two fully floodlit smurf-turf hybrid pitches, with bespoke dug-outs and an electronic scoreboard.
With the instalment of the new turfs, players are training, developing and competing on two of the best hockey surfaces in school hockey. In addition, there are a number of grass pitches to supplement the outdoor facilities and the Sports Hall Complex offers the opportunity for indoor hockey during the winter season.
Pupils also have access to the state of the art sports performance centre where they are supervised and trained by full-time professional Strength and Conditioning Coaches.
In recent years, College hockey squads have toured South Africa, Holland, Spain and Germany.
Hockey is the major sport for the girls in the Michaelmas Term and for the boys in the Lent Term. Squads regularly train three times per week on the floodlit astroturfs with fixtures played on both Thursday and Saturday afternoons.
15 girls teams play competitive fixtures each week during the Michaelmas Term with the majority of teams competing in the Independent Schools Hockey League. The ‘A’ within each year group are also regularly entered into the England Hockey National Cup and National Boarding Schools’ Cup competitions and have enjoyed many a success in recent years.
17 boys teams play competitive fixtures throughout the busy Lent Term with many of the teams competing for the Independent Schools’ Hockey League Title. In recent years both our boys and girls teams have been successful in securing many an ISHL title and have reached the quarter final stages of National Cup competitions.
Mark Ramage joined the College in 2016 as the Head of Hockey. Mark brings with him a wealth of international playing and coaching experience from around the world. His playing career began in New Zealand where he represented Auckland Hockey for over 10 years and won every National title in the country. He represented New Zealand at age group level before accepting a playing contract and relocating to the UK where he played in a number of tournaments throughout Europe. Mark later went on to represent Wales at senior level and is currently a member of the Wales Masters World Cup squad.
His coaching career began on his return to New Zealand where he was appointed as a High-Performance Coach responsible for the development of both youth and senior elite athletes. He later took on Head Coaching roles in the Scottish National League and is currently a Lead Coach within the England Hockey Player Pathway programme.
Mark is currently the head coach of both the Boys and Girls 1st XI squads and oversees all aspects of the hockey programme, he is ably assisted by current and past National League players and UKCC qualified coaches.