Barton Peveril’s National Hockey Players
Four Barton Peveril Sixth Form College students have been selected for the Association of Colleges (AoC) England Hockey Teams. Two male and two female students were selected for the Men’s and Women’s National Teams, respectively, after a rigorous series of trials against hundreds of students from around the country.
Former The Hamble School pupil Abi Bowens and The Gregg School pupil Mollie Wilkinson were selected for the Women’s Team, whilst Upper Shirley High School alumni Sam Mackenzie and former The Henry Cort Community College pupil Aidan Page were selected for the Men’s Team.
The four Barton Peveril students attended a regional trial at Southampton Sports Centre, before attending a final trial at Reading Hockey Club. At the final trial, which pitted the nation’s best young-hockey players against one another, 23 students were selected for each team from a large pool of original contenders.
All four Barton Peveril students will travel to a training camp with their respective teams, in February, preparing for a series of matches against the other home nation teams in the summer.
“Testament to their hard work”
Speaking on her selection, Barton Peveril student Mollie Wilkinson said:
“I am so excited for the opportunity to represent the College in this squad, on a national and international level. With a chronic shoulder injury, it was debatable whether I’d make the squad or trials. It was a challenge but I’m so happy I managed to fight and earn my place in the squad.”
Barton Peveril Teacher of Sport and Hockey Coach, Paul Yeates, said:
“The four Barton Peveril students were selected amongst a very competitive group of students from around the country, and should be proud of their achievement. Their selection is testament to their hard work and the effort they put into every match for the College and for their clubs.