12:00PM, Saturday 14 August 2021
Two members of the Maidenhead Hockey Club's u18s squad, Amelia Tanner and Emily Tapner-Evans, have been selected to compete for their country at the School Games National Finals at Loughborough University.
The Games, which will see the home nations face off against each other in a variety of sports, takes place between September 2 and September 5.
The girls have been selected not only for their sporting ability but also for their commitment to the DISE (Diploma in Sporting Excellence) Programme which is sponsored by England Hockey and combines hockey skills with a variety of off the field disciplines such as nutrition, sports psychology, strength and conditioning, planning and media skills.
Tim Cracknell. Head of colts at Maidenhead Hockey Club said: “As a club, we are so proud of the girls. To be selected to take part in the School Games National Finals is a real honour and clearly reflects the exceptional talent they have showcased both on and off the hockey pitch. The event can often act as a catalyst for progressing a future career in your chosen sport, so this is a really exciting opportunity. We wish the girls the best of luck and we will be cheering them on throughout.”
The School Games is the first multi-sport event for young athletes to take place since the lifting of lockdown restrictions and provides them with a springboard into competitive sport. Led by the Youth Sports Trust (YST) the finals provide an opportunity for young athletes to have a test of competing in an Olympic style event, staying in team accommodation, and pulling on their country’s kit.
The finals will be livestreamed through the Youth Sport Trust’s YouTube channel.