Six Taunton School students have been selected for England Hockey’s Performance Centre programme and will be taking part in high level training and competitions.
Toby Power (15), Bethan Collier (16), Charlie Hartwell (14), Maddie James (16), Teddy Woolstencroft (13) and Lucy Regan (14) have been in training at Taunton School under the direction of Elliot Foweraker, Taunton School Hockey Director and Level 3 FIH qualified coach (International Hockey Federation).
The England Hockey Performance Centres are England’s top training level for 14-17 year olds. Players attend regular high quality evening training sessions and take part in weekend training and competitions, with the objective of producing exceptional players.
There are 17 Performance Centres across the country and the Taunton School six are part of the Taunton and Bristol centres. They have been training rigorously at Taunton School both indoor and outdoor and their longer term aim is to be selected for the ‘Futures Cup’, which is the selection tournament for National Age group squads.
Elliot said: “This is a great opportunity for the players to continue developing and to compete at the highest level. The school is extremely proud of their achievements. It is a credit to their hard work and to the school’s programme which is helping to support them and push them on as athletes and hockey players”.
In addition to her training, goalkeeper Maddie James has recently started the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sport (AASE) programme with England Hockey. Maddie has been working in 1:1 sessions, personal training and sports psychology sessions all provided to support athletes at Taunton School. The programme covers a range of modules and is delivered in partnership between England Hockey and Loughborough College. Players attend four national camps that provide a rich blend of on-pitch technical and tactical sessions.