14th Dec, 2017

Bromsgrove School pupil Gibson picked for England under-16 hockey squad

A TEENAGE Bromsgrove School pupil has been chosen to represent England’s under-16 hockey squad.

Esme Gibson, 15, was picked to represent the country during the Futures Cup – England Hockey’s player pathway for under-16 and under-18 girls and boys.

Young players were selected from Regional Performance Centres to play in four representative teams (72 in total) at the Futures Cup.

The tournament provides a challenging competition environment that supports player development allowing the players to develop their skills under pressure.

Teams from England, Scotland and Wales compete to be crowned the Future Cup winners.

Training with the England squad will commence on Saturday, November 12 and will be held at clubs across the country.

Having played hockey since she was five, Esme talked about her love of the sport.

She said: “It is fun, keeps you fit and I have made lots of friends.”

Mr Ben Dudley, director of hockey at Bromsgrove School, added: “We are all incredibly proud of Esme’s achievement at being selected for the England training squad.

“She has put a huge amount of time, effort and energy into improving her game and I am delighted it has all paid off.”

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