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Hockey - 19. July 2008.

England Hockey announces squads for UK School Games

England Hockey is pleased to announce the squads selected to represent England at the UK School Games between 28-31 August in Bristol and Bath.

This is the first time that hockey has been included in the nine sport multi-event and England will be represented by two squads of 16 athletes in matches against Scotland, Wales and Ulster. In addition to the 16, two non-travelling reserves have been listed for each squad in case of injuries prior to the competition.

Girls Squad
Lucy Dawkins (Leicester)

Tat Guttman Hancocks (Southgate)

Tacita Haines (Trojans)

Takara Haines (Trojans)

Rebecca Halle (Old Loughtonians)

Annabel Hockey Smith (Firebrands)

Amy Kee (Old Loughtonians)

Sarah Mansfield (Millfield School)

Rebecca McGuiness (Chelmsford)

Alicia Robinson (Belper)

Erin Ruxton (Reading)
Zoe Shipperley (Buckingham Ladies)

Lauren Turner (Leicester)

Georgie Twigg (Cannock)

Hollie Webb (Cannock)

Jess Wood (Belper)

Jess Bryan (reserve) (Old Loughtonians)

Abby Webb (reserve) (Buckingham Ladies)

Boys Squad

Rupert Allison (Sheffield)

Ben Arnold (Beeston)

David Bell (Millfield School)

Alex Boxall (City of Peterborough)

Sam Cathie (Beeston)

Tim Craven (Banbury)

Richard Dawson-Smith (Bowdon)

Sam Dixon (Beeston)

Simon Faulkner (Havant)

Chris Griffiths (Stourport)

Wil Hearne (Ipswich)

Jonathan Proud (Cannock)

Martin Scanlon (Brooklands)

Carl Sitch (Harleston Magpies)

Henry Weir (Brooklands)

Robert Wilson (Chelmsford)

Charlie Brooke (reserve) (Beeston)

James McDermottroe (reserve) (Reading)

For Lucy Dawkins, Rebecca Halle, Rebecca McGuiness and Sam Cathie the UK School Games marks their first time representing England and for those who have previously been involved in England’s junior teams, the UK School Games provides them with their first taste of a multi-sport event. In total, more than 1500 athletes from nine sporting disciplines will take part in the UK School Games which are designed to replicate the feel of similar major events such as the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Commenting on hockey’s UK School Games debut, England Hockey Performance Director David Faulkner said, “The UK School Games offers a truly unique multisport experience for hockey in the UK and will provide a hugely important performance learning tool for our U18 athletes and the team staff. I would urge every athlete and staff member to embrace the ethos of the UK School Games and to learn as much as possible about the challenges and positive experiences that this unique UK event will provide them for in their future hockey careers.”

England’s girls will be led by Head Coach Martin Rogers, assisted by Ben Barnes. The team manager for the competition is Richard Beer (girls).

England’s Provisional Match Schedule
Venue: University of the West of England, Bristol

England Girls v Wales

Friday 29 August


England Girls v Ulster

Saturday 30 August


England Girls v Scotland

Sunday 31 August



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