Two pupils, Brittany Sutton-Page (L6, Q) and Emily Drysdale (5th, W) were selected to play hockey in the Futures Cup; an annual four-day tournament for some of the best junior hockey players in the country.
Players are selected for one of six squads: Mercia Lynx, Pennine Pumas, Saxon Tigers and Wessex Leopards, with squads from Scotland and Wales, Caledonian Cougars and Celtic Jaguars, in attendance for the first time.
Brittany commented, “The team I played for was the U18 Wessex Leopards, which consisted of girls from all over the north of England. Wessex Leopards played three games overall and ended up coming second in the whole tournament. The opportunity to play at such a high level of hockey was amazing!”
Emily added, “I was selected to represent the U16 Celtic Jaguars at the Futures Cup. We played against Mercia Lynx, the Caledonian Cougars and the Pennine Pumas. Unfortunately, the teams that we came up against in our pool were very strong so sadly we didn't win our matches, but there was some great hockey played over the four days. I was lucky enough to receive the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award for the U16 Celtic Jaguars and a generous gift from Adidas.”
Mr Gwyn Williams, Head of Hockey, explained, “This is a great achievement for Brittany and Emily and a well-deserved reward for the effort they put into their game. It has given them valuable experience of playing in a tournament of this nature, which they have brought back to our hockey programme and shared with the other players.”