fantastic five girls at the King’s School have all been selected for
the England Hockey Elite Performance Centre Development programme.
girls Lottie Dennet, Izzy Moores and Flossie Blackwell have made the grade at
under-17 level, even though they are all still only 15, while Scarlett Brough
and Lara Tabachnik, who are both 14, have been selected at under-15 level.
girls were first selected for the local Junior Development Centre, then the
county Junior Academy Centre and are now at regional level in one of 17
regional centres of excellence, aiming for selection for the North of England
and then onto the England squads.
girls are part of two very strong King’s teams: the under 14 team going to
the North of England Finals and the under 15s are about to go to
the county finals at under 16 level. Outside of school, they all play for
Alderley Edge Hockey Club with their mentor King’s Hockey Coach Sarah Hopkin.
Hopkin said: “We have some extraordinarily good players, particularly at these
age levels, who are backed up by a very talented pool of players, who are a joy
to coach. These girls will now get an extra 88 hours of top class coaching to
assist further their development. Our gold medal winning Olympians have
certainly given youth hockey a major boost nationwide.”
from left to right are Lottie Dennet, a superb playmaker able to dominate
anywhere across midfield; Scarlett Brough, a versatile, tenacious terrier in
midfield and attack, Lara Tabachnik, another hugely versatile talent with
strong stick skills able to play in defence and midfield and forward; Izzy
Moores, a superb ball player and athlete who plays in defence, midfield and
attack as needed and the fleet-footed, speed merchant, Flossie Blackwell, a
creative talent on the flanks.