The England U18s hockey squad have called upon the school’s 1st XI goalkeeper Martha Watson after she beat off stiff competition through rigorous trials for the chance to represent her country.
Speaking about the honour, Miss Sharon Withington, the teacher in charge of hockey, said:
It is rare in your career that one of your players is selected to represent their country.
Martha has worked tirelessly, not only on her goalkeeping technique, but also her fitness to ensure that she stood out at the trials. I am incredibly proud of her.
Fourth year pupil Emily Spencer also has a chance of representing the England U14s. Emily has made it through to the final stages of her group and will find out at the end of January whether she too will play for her country.
The call-ups are a reflection of the high standard of hockey being played across the school. It has been yet another successful year for our teams, with the 1st XI set to play Cheltenham Ladies’ College next month in a playoff for a place in the finals of the national schools U18s competition.