Only four weeks into term, and the hockey has already set off to an incredible start at Radley College. Following a sensational season last year, six of our reigning champions from the U15 1st hockey team were privileged enough to attend a wonderful hockey course at Repton School. As we were greeted by the televised faces of victorious Gold medallists Alex Danson and Holly Webb, the overwhelming feeling among us all was how it was truly an honour to be standing within such a short distance of so much inspirational and unbelievable talent.
The unique opportunity to be coached by players performing professionally at an international level is one which I certainly shall never forget, and having eagerly absorbed all top-tips thrown at us, I have my fingers crossed that this will be reflected in our hockey battles later in the year! The intensive programme introduced us to indoor hockey, and this new experience was coupled with instructions for up-to-date ‘drag flick’ skills and strategies, with extensive focus on gameplay, to enable us young and enthusiastic players to develop and apply new techniques.
Coaching from GB defender, Holly Webb herself, left us determined not to concede a goal in future games, whilst goal-scoring practice gave us hope for many more convincing Radley victories to come! The highlight of the day was undoubtedly, for me, the chance to take a glimpse at the gold medals themselves – brought all the way back from Rio!
Conversations with the GB squad and other European professionals were an unforgettable experience, and fired my ambition to play hockey professionally in the future. All in all, a tremendous success!
Report by William Way, B Social, Remove