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Hockey Stars Scouted by Regional Teams

 regional hockey starsThree Stamford High School girls were selected to represent Leicestershire at the U15 age group over the weekend as they travelled to Wolverhampton for the Inter-Counties Competition run by England Hockey. Sophie Skelton, Maeve Macdonald (both Year 9) and Charlie Crombie (Year 10) competed in the colours of their county, playing against Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire.

Sophie was selected to Captain the side, which is a huge honour and achievement, she said: “I am extremely proud to have been asked to take up the role and the team played very well indeed.”

All three girls were scouted for their performances at the tournament and have been invited to attend the Junior Regional Performance Centre in Nottingham which is another step towards their respective goals of gaining international honours. JRPC is 6 days of Hockey training by England Hockey Coaches through the summer, followed by a series of matches against other JRPCs.

Maddie Munro-Hall (Year 9) is also celebrating hockey success; after two years of training with the Cambridgeshire Junior Academy Centre (JAC), she is one of only 6 out of 30 girls who has been asked to represent the Bury Tigers U15’s, which is a squad made up of girls from 5 counties. Maddie will train and play with the squad over the summer in the hope of being selected to represent a tri-regional squad in September- another exceptional achievement.

Oonagh Macdonald (Year 11) was selected for the JRPC at U17 level and Isobel Chedd and Penny Skipper (both Year 11) have been signed up for the U18 JRPC also in Nottingham.

Lucy Hornby, Head of Hockey at Stamford High School, said: “These are huge achievements by each of the girls and everyone at SHS is extremely proud of the hard work and dedication which they continue to put into their hockey; it is certainly paying off for these talented young ladies. We very much look forward to following their progress.”