The Ellesmere College High Performance Hockey Programme is enjoying
further success with a number of students selected for training camps, programmes
and competitions - all with national implications.
Six students are the latest in a long
line of young players to come through the school's revered High Performance Hockey
Programme - benefitting from the guidance of High Performance Hockey Programme Coach
Simon Taylor and his team at the College.
L-to-R Top Row: Isabella Moore, Alanah O'Brien, Millie Forster
L-to-R Bottom Row: Henry Dawson, Alex Popplewell, Finn Leonard
Henry Dawson, 12, Finn Leonard, Alex Popplewell and Isabella
Moore, all 13, Millie Forster, 17, and Alanah O'Brien, 18, have all made an
important step on the path to fulfilling their dreams of playing hockey at the
Goalkeeper Alanah, who has earned a place at Durham
University, has already represented Wales and will be attending the Welsh U23
training squad camp and has been selected to play for the Welsh U19 Team in the
Home Nations Games this summer.
Isabella plays for Staffordshire region, North Staffordshire
Club side and the Mercier Marauders and has been chosen for the team's England
Hockey National Cup game, while Finn, Alex and Henry, who play for Deeside
Ramblers, took part in the UK Lions selection programme. All three players had
a fantastic tournament and whilst Alex and Henry narrowly missed out on
selection, Finn was successful has gone through to play for the Lions Squad
following his score of eight goals in the tournament.
UK Lions Hockey selection offers the opportunity to play top
quality competition matches at home and abroad with the objective of offering
exceptional life-long experiences through playing hockey. Many youngsters who
have benefitted from the programme had gone on to represent their country at
junior and full international level.
Ellesmere College Coach Simon Taylor said: "I am so proud of
all of our players. At U13 they are too young to be a part of the U14 Pathway
for England but have relished the opportunity to play for the U13 UK Lions in
the Tensworth squad, and to be selected is a huge achievement for Finn!"
"It's an excellent opportunity for them to develop their skills and experience
and help them reach the next level. Alanah has already achieved so much in the sport and is
competing with the best Welsh players for international team selection. I am
excited for her bright future and we are proud that her hockey at Ellesmere has
been such a strong building block for her future. Isabella is getting the
chance to play for her club at a very high level and is relished the support
and mentoring that Alanah and the team have given her at the College."
Another Ellesmere hockey player - Millie Forster who plays at
Bowden Hockey Club – was recently part of the winning team at the finals of the
U18 National Championships competition at Beeston Hockey Club in Nottingham –
making them National Champions 2021.
"All six of our players have worked very hard and have
benefitted from the exceptional High Performance Hockey Programme we have at
Ellesmere College and we are extremely proud of their commitment, dedication
and achievements. Many of our players have gone on to play at the highest
level – following in the footsteps of players such as Caro & Lottie Hulme,
Commonwealth Games and the Ellen and Georgie Dawson into the National League.
They are all a testament to the ongoing success of Ellesmere College as a
centre of hockey excellence."
For more information about hockey opportunities at Ellesmere
College visit: High Performance Hockey Programme
Main Image: Alanah O'Brien with Coach - Simon Taylor
13th July 2021 Back to News