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Two of Trent College’s brightest young hockey talents will be going Double Dutch this Easter when they represent England in matches against Holland.
Goalkeeper Brooke Butler will make her international debut for England Girls’ U18s while Josh Pavis will line up for the U16 Boys.
Brooke will travel to Loosdrecht – 25 miles south east of Amsterdam – on Good Friday for the U18s’ three-match series versus their Dutch counterparts.
Meanwhile Josh, who captained England U16s to a 5-4 win training game win over British Colleges at Bisham Abbey earlier this month, will face Holland at Lilleshall in Shropshire.
Beeston HC’s Brooke received her full international call up after impressing for her club and representing an England team at the Sainsbury's 2014 School Games last September.
She said: “Representing my country and getting an international cap is something I’ve always strived for, but never thought would ever become a reality.
“Over the past year and a half, I’ve worked really hard on and off the pitch to try and improve my game and it’s so rewarding to know all the hours have paid off, and to finally get the recognition and results that I’ve been working for.
“It’s an honour to be able to play for my country and I’m really excited to step out on to the pitch in April wearing the England badge for the first time.”
On the domestic front, Trent College U14 Boys have reached the finals of the National Schools Championships Finals next month after beating Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield 4-1 in their national play-off showdown on Monday (23 March).
A Ben Dickinson hat-trick and a goal from Robert Taylor ensured Trent College will travel to the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Olympic Park, London on Tuesday 21 April where the best eight U14 teams in the country will do battle for the National crown.