Ardingly College Student Debuts for England Hockey
10 May 2019
Eloise Richards played for England for the first time in the England Under 16s v Scotland, held in Glasgow last weekend. The team beat Scotland in both games.
Eloise was thrilled at being selected, following games for the National Age Group Squad at the Future’s Cup, as part of England Hockey. However, her selection wasn’t without incident as she suffered an injury resulting in her having to re-trial to be selected.
During the game she played in the positions of forward and midfield, with rolling subs. Her commitment was clear, as she drove for eight hours to Glasgow immediately upon finishing her Art GCSE.
Eloise said: “I want to be a professional hockey player so the experience was amazing. Beating Scotland on their home ground was also brilliant! I’ve been inspired by Alex Malzer who also attended Ardingly College and is now playing for GB Hockey.”
Eloise’s next focus is the Six Nations at the end of the year; however, England Hockey have high expectations, issuing her with a fitness and strength & conditioning programme, intense training expectations and the requirement to document a training diary.
Ardingly College have thrown their support behind Eloise with Head of Hockey, Mr Richard Lane, agreeing to give Eloise individual training sessions.