21 January 2019
Truro High School’s under 16 hockey team are jumping for joy this week following the news that they will be playing the Tier 3 national finals at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, home of the Hockey World Cup 2018.
Renowned as the home of English hockey and based in London’s Olympic Park, the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre last summer played host to the world’s top hockey players as they battled for gold in the 2018 World Cup.
This February, Truro High’s under 16s will be following in their footsteps as they represent Cornwall and the South West on these world-class pitches with the UK Tier 3 title in their sights.
The team confirmed their place in the national finals when they were crowned South West Tier 3 Regional Champions last November.
The trophy is the latest addition to the school’s growing collection of hockey accolades which includes seven county and the Under 16 South West Tier 3 champion titles.
The school’s Director of Sport, Ms Kat Barbery-Redd said “I am extremely proud of the achievements of all the girls both as a team and individually. They all work incredibly hard, especially the huge number who attend many hours of training with local, regional and national teams on top of all the extra coaching sessions we offer at school.
“The experiences our players get from a range of top level coaches prepare them to play hockey at the highest levels and it’s fantastic to see their hard work rewarded.”
Their success comes as a trio of Truro High sisters celebrate the news that they will all play hockey for their country amongst the ranks of the UK Lions National Squads.
Twelve-year-old Emma Day, from Penzance, impressed the national assessors and coaches at the UK Festival of Hockey leading to her claiming one of the sought-after spots to represent her country with the under-14 squad.
She joins her twin sisters Katie and Lucy who received the England call-up last January.