Cheltenham College Hockey summer tour to Malaysia
As part of their summer Hockey Tour 2015, 17 girls from the Cheltenham College Hockey 1st XI squad and three staff members travelled to Malaysia to expand the girls’ cultural boundaries and to experience playing hockey in different conditions to the UK. The hot and humid climate and style of hockey would be a good test for the girls stamina and skills as they prepare for forthcoming season.
A highlight of the tour was a visit to Tamal School, SJK (T) Simee to assist in their hockey programme where the College’s Head of Hockey, Gwyn Williams, ran a skills workshop session.
“Watching the College girls interact with the local pupils and take the lead on passing on their hockey knowledge made me feel immensely proud to be their Head of Hockey,” said Gwyn Williams. “I only hope that our visit will ensure that these pupils now have the necessary means to establish a sustainable hockey programme and I hope that in years to come we will return and see these pupils enjoying the benefits of sport and what valuable experiences it provides.”
The team from Cheltenham College also donated an assortment of equipment for Tamal School’s sports department including 22 hockey sticks, balls, cones and training bibs, kindly donated to them by Surridge Sport. The girls also gave a number of their own fiction books to expand the school’s library.
After securing 4 wins, 1 draw and a loss in their 6 matches the team and staff had the opportunity to visit the beautiful Penang beach, ending an inspiring and successful summer Hockey Tour.