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Chris Proctor, Year 13 has recently returned to school after playing in the European Hockey League (EHL) with club side Beeston H.C. Beeston beat Polish champions Grunwald Poznan 6-0 before playing Amsterdam in their second group game. Beeston eventually won an epic encounter 5-4 beating an Amsterdam team full of senior internationals including 5 Olympic silver medallists from London 2012. Beeston will now play in the knock-out stages of the tournament in April.
Chris is one of many Trent pupils who play club hockey at Beeston and this link along with ties to other local clubs allows pupils to learn the latest skills of the game from some of the top coaches in the country.
Head of Hockey, Mark Wadsley, also playing for Beeston in the EHL and who scored the winning goal against Amsterdam commented on the achievement:
“It is great to play with Chris at this level, he is technically good enough and therefore deserved his selection. Playing against the top players in the world will only make him better. It is great to see him rise from the juniors into the 1st XI squad so quickly!”
Chris, who played for the under 18 England Hockey Team last year also hopes to be selected again this year following an unfortunate foot injury he sustained whilst playing for Beeston.
Four other Trent Students, Sophie Byrne in Year 10, Livvie Hopkisson and Yiannos Kozakis in Year 11 and Josh Pavis, in Year 9 have also begun their campaign to join the under 16 England Hockey Teams.
Sophie, Livvie and Yiannos have all been selected to play in the U16 Futures Cup teams. Players who compete in The Futures Cup Tournament are also trialled for the England squad. Josh Pavis will be playing in the U15 HIPAC tournament and also has the chance to be selected for the Under 16 England squad.
Good luck to all of our hockey stars and congratulations on your success so far.