In order to get in to the England U16 squad, Year 10 student, Beth, was first picked for the Futures Cup in August where she represented the North of England. Following the tournament Beth was delighted to make the squad of 30 players. Beth attends England camps every school holiday which can be gruelling - on her first day at the Lilleshall training centre in October they started training at 10am, played all day, and finished with a gruelling fitness exercise at 8pm. Beth’s main goal is to get picked for the 6 Nations next July, however she faces a tough challenge especially as she is a year young in her age group.
Ericka Morris-Adams is a member of Bowdon Hockey club where she trains twice a week with the Ladies 2s and 3s. Last year she played for Tensworth (Northwest regional team) where she was selected to play for the UK Lions, 2017-2018. Their first tournament is in December, at the Copper Box Arena, London. She has also selected to join the U15 England Performance Centre. All this is all the more impressive as she is still just 13 years old.
This is the second here that, Year 9 student, Cole Pidcock has been selected to play with the UK Lions under 14 team having played last year when only 12. Last year Cole represented U.K. Lions in tournaments in Sardinia, Glasgow and Belfast and hopes to build on these experiences throughout the next few months. Cole has also been selected for, and currently trains with, the English Hockey U15 performance centre training squad and hopes to make the Futures Cup tournament in 2018. He has started playing senior men's club hockey at Bowdon Hockey Club in the 4th team and trains within the 2/3/4 team group.