Ollie Joins the England Hockey U16 Squad
In September, Sports Scholar, Ollie, was delighted to be chosen for England Hockey’s national development programme. Currently in Year 11, Ollie has played on the pitch since he was five years old, taking inspiration from his parents, both avid lovers of the game.
Since attending Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire for a residential camp, participating in various training days and most recently, a three-day course, at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, this week, Ollie was delighted to discover that he had made it into the U16 Boys Squad!
Speaking with Ollie only days earlier, the sportsman said, “No matter the outcome I’ll be really happy. I’ve learnt a lot and can take these experiences forward with me.” Mother, Anne, enthused “We are thrilled with Oliver’s selection and delighted that all his hard work has paid off. We are also very grateful to all those who have supported and encouraged him.”
In addition to expert-led drills and practice sessions, so far, off the pitch Ollie has attended a nutrition seminar with an England player and a Q&A with an ex international player. “The best piece of advice I was given in the Q&A was not to be too focused on hockey – to enjoy other sports and hobbies too.” he commented.
At school Ollie is excited about the impending Sport, PE and Wellness trip to St George’s Park that is on the cards, and enjoys working with fellow Reading Hockey Player, better known as our Head of Hockey, Matt Richards.
Matt, who is also a former England player, remarked “What Ollie has achieved here is incredible. To be chosen as one of the best 30 male hockey players in his age group across the country is very special. He has put in a lot of work at Reading Hockey Club over the past few years and fully deserves this opportunity he has been given to represent his country. It’ll be a tough process which I remember it to have been when I was his age and playing for England for the first time, but I know he’ll acquit himself well.”
We wish Ollie the best of luck on his journey with England Hockey!