Collyer’s Eloise Richards, from Haywards Heath, has been selected for the England under 18s hockey squad, as part of the England Age Group Programme.
Eloise was delighted: “A massive thank-you for the support and dedication of both my parents for always being willing to give up their time to help me pursue my goals.
“I am also grateful to Holcombe HC, Collyer’s coach John Burroughs and sponsor STX. The support of all those around me over the past year has really helped me to achieve U18 England squad selection this year.”
John Burroughs, Head of Collyer’s Sports Academy and Hockey Coach, was thrilled: “We are so proud of Eloise’s success, but not in the least bit surprised. She’s an amazing player! The Talented Athlete Scheme we have just launched here at Collyer’s enables elite athletes, like Eloise, to flourish.”
Deputy Principal Steve Martell said: “Eloise is gifted, but remains incredibly down to earth and hard working. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed teaching her this year and I am so proud that she has been able to juggle her academic studies with the tough training regime necessary to be a top player. All at Collyer’s will be cheering Eloise on for England!”