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Hockey was introduced to Inchmarlo in 1991, by Mr Graeme Francey. From its humble beginnings on the school playground, using old second hand adult sticks, hockey has developed into a very popular and successful school sport.

It is played by pupils from P3 to P7, with the school represented by mini hockey teams, in various tournaments. Inchmarlo have enjoyed a very consistent level of success in the Northern Ireland Mini Hockey Championships, winning the tournament on five occasions and finishing runners up four times. The school have won the Belfast Area Tournament on numerous occasions.

Many former pupils, who began their hockey careers at Inchmarlo, have gone on to play senior hockey at Instonians. Some players have represented Ulster and Ireland at underage level, with former captain Michael Watt earning over 150 senior international caps for Ireland, scoring over 40 goals. Two notable former pupils, Patrick Brown and Paul Hollway, have also represented Ireland at senior level, having developed their sporting potential at Inchmarlo, in the days before hockey was introduced. Mr Francey is an international hockey coach, with years of experience coaching Ireland at senior and junior levels. He is assisted in school by Mrs Diane Wallace.

The school make full use of the water-based pitch at Shaws Bridge on a regular basis and now enjoy the added facility of a mini astro turf pitch in the school grounds. Strong links have been established with Instonians Hockey Club, with many boys attending weekly training sessions and the P6/7 pupils competing each year for the Instonians Inter House Hockey Shield.



Inchmarlo Preparatory School
Cranmore Park
N. Ireland
+44 (0)2890 381454


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