The Royal High School in Bath hosted an incredibly successful year 9 girls’ hockey tournament this weekend which saw over 250 girls competing in a Cup, Trophy and Plate competition.

The Girls Day School Trust (well known for its UK-wide network of 25 schools) often comes together for high profile events and uniquely positioned as the only boarding school in the GDST, the newly refurbished chic boarding facilities at the Royal High enabled girls to stay for the weekend.

The Royal High PE department organised the competition headlined by Kate Richardson-Walsh, Captain of the GB Hockey gold medal winning team at the Rio Olympics. Accompanied by RHS 1st XI hockey captains Diana and Willa, Kate visited each pitch during the tournament inspiring the young players with her gold medal and signing a great number of sticks! Kate later spoke to all girls inspiring players and staff alike with her story.

The Royal High also hosted ‘an evening with Kate Richardson-Walsh’ on Saturday night in which Kate shared her passion, drive and determination with external visitors to the Royal High. Visitors attending travelled from as far afield as Tavistock and Wales as well as representation from local hockey clubs.

The Royal High School was reviewed by The Good School’s Guide last month as being ‘a happy, high achieving, very go-ahead school with a distinctive ethos, sense of community and impressive results’. The Royal High School are very proud of the GDST hockey weekend that sums up their aim to provide an outstanding, contemporary and girl-centred education.Congratulations to Northampton High School, the overall winners who beat Nottingham High School in the final. Also to Newcastle High School who won the trophy.

The Royal High School team won the plate competition and their success adds to the Royal High’s U16 Netball team who won the County Netball Championships on the same weekend and will now compete in the South West Regional Netball Championships in January.

Visit: royalhighbath.gdst.net