GB Masterclass for Elite Girls' Hockey Players
In a rare opportunity Bishop's Stortford College's top female Hockey players were invited to spend the day training with the GB Men’s Hockey Squad at Bisham Abbey national training centre on Thursday 28th September.
Accompanied by coaches Miss Goulding & Mr Roberts, the girls took the short road trip to join some of the country’s best players at the world class training facility in Berkshire. They were very lucky, and extremely excited, to watch the GB men in a full paced training session. Goals were pinging off the posts and soaring into top corners of the net, in a high intensity game play and some serious hockey skills on show. All this, just before joining them on the astro turf themselves!
GB international coaches, Bobby Crutchley and Russel Garcia gave a quick technical team talk to the GB men, with the girls listening and learning from the high ranking coaches. The GB players then took over: Sam Ward greeted the girls and gave them a taste of some drills the men's team go through.
The College’s 1st XI Goalkeeper Lizzy T was given one on one coaching by England and GB goalkeeper, Harry Gibson. Barry Middleton, captain, FIH all star legend and 379 caps for GB, explained the importance of passing & communication between players with the additional desire to never give up! Harry Martin and Adam Dixon demonstrated techniques used to eliminate defenders and to get a shot on goal early. A very useful tactic for our girls. To end the training session, the girls were put into 3 V 3 games, including taking on the international players, impressing the Great Britain side with their talent.
All this, followed by watching the GB Olympic Goal Medalist Women's squad training! Our players took note of their skill, speed and determination while in training, just maybe showing some of them a glimpse into their own future...
The girls made their claim to fame with Imogen S and Mads N being interviewed on the GB Hockey instagram page and the squad making video appearances on the England Hockey Snapchat. This was finally topped off by catching up with GB gold medallist Alex Danson, who wished the girls the best of luck for the rest of the season!
All in attendance loved their time with both GB squads, learning some very important skills and mindsets to add to their game. What an inspirational day in the lives of our Bishop's Stortford College Hockey players!
Thank you to England Hockey and Great Britain Hockey for looking after our up and coming hockey players!
Nick Prowse, Head of Girls' Hockey