Repton School heads England Hockey age group selections

Repton School led the way following England Hockey’s announcement of its under-16 and under-18 boys and girls programmes on Tuesday.

Repton feature 16 students across EH’s junior age group programme, with Whitgift School and Surbiton High School seeing four students each make the grade.

There are places for grammar schools, with both Altrincham and Kingston seeing two places apiece. In all there are 102 athletes across the four squads.

Dieter Hill, England Hockey junior talent development manager, said: “This has been a year like no other, myself and the coaches have been very impressed with the quality of engagement from all players involved up until this point.

“Across the board the players have adapted to the challenges presented through COVID, maintaining positivity and enthusiasm for the technical and physical challenges.

“While the programme this year continues to be hampered by COVID uncertainty, the coaches and myself are determined to optimise experiences and exposure to assist in the development of performance habits and characteristics, best preparing the players for the path ahead.”

Hill did note a small number of players who had sustained long-term injuries.

England, meanwhile, will not compete in the depleted EuroHockey U18 Youth Championship this summer.

England, Ireland and Scotland have withdrawn from the Boy’s and Girls’ Championships set for Valencia in July.

The five-strong event will feature Holland, Belgium, Spain, Germany and Russia.

The EuroHockey Federation approved for the 2023 EuroHockey U18 Championships 2 x 10 team events with no relegation in 2021 for the countries that are unable to travel.

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