Ten talented students from the Senior School have been nominated to try-out for the national squad at U16 & U18 levels.

hockey players at private school

The players will travel to one of three venues this half term to take part in three days of intense training and game play. They will be tested on their physical, mental, psychological and technical ability, attributes that are developed and fostered in the hockey program at Taunton School.

There has already been success for Year 12 student Jacob Pengelly (also pictured) who has been playing for the U16 England squad this year and will be training with the U18 team from November.

Elliot Foweraker, Director of Hockey at Taunton School says, ‘It is a brilliant achievement for all the players to get this far – they have all shown great skill and dedication. It will be a hard week but a great experience for them all. Whether they are successful or not, they will learn a lot to help them continue to improve as players and bring that knowledge back to school with them.’

Outside of Taunton School, Mr Foweraker is involved with England Hockey as a Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DISE) coach and works with Wales Hockey U21 and Senior Women teams. He will also be part of the England Hockey trials during half-term.

The trials take place 25th – 30th October.