Year 7 Chloe, Year 8 Kitty, Year 9 Esme, Year 9 Sarah and Year 9 Rachel have been selected to train and compete with Cornwall under 14 academy hockey centre.
Nearly 100 of the county’s top young sportswomen were in the running for the training programme and were whittled down to just 25 players.
Even more impressive, Chloe and Kitty were selected despite being significantly younger than many girls trying out for the academy. Places are usually reserved for girls in Year 9.
Director of Sport, Ms Kat Barbery-Redd said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for the girls to be chosen and I am incredibly proud of all of them. Mr Elliott and I have been helping them prepare with vigorous training sessions and I’m delighted that it’s all paying off. It’s really important to us that we offer opportunities for girls to reach an elite level in a wide range of sports and I’m looking forward to seeing the girls continue to progress.”
If the girls impress during their time at the academy, they will have the opportunity to try-out for the South West Regional Development Centre and progress to regional and national level competitions. Four of the school’s students currently train at this centre of regional excellence.
With the aim of making this a reality, the girls are now training hard during their lunchtime sessions with Ms Barbery-Redd who was this Spring named as England Hockey’s National Coach of the Year.
It’s an exciting time for hockey at Truro High which last week celebrated its under 18 team once again scooping the county champion title against tough competition from rivals Truro School and Truro College.
Many of the team were part of the squad that this March came 3rd in the entire country in the Tier 3 under 16 championships and are hoping to match their success once more.