Princethorpe Pupils Take Over Warwickshire’s Hockey Pitches

Each year we hear news of our pupils’ triumphs at securing county hockey places and this year has been no exception. Over 35 pupils (some pictured here) from Years 7 to Lower Sixth were successful in bagging a much coveted spot in the Warwickshire County Squads.

This year’s Warwickshire County squads have also been boosted by an unusual number of Princethorpe siblings! Four sets of siblings (namely Will and Tom Crowfoot, Amy and Lucy Gribben, Alex and Paddy Parfitt and Beth and Esther Taylor) have been taking over the pitches and making good headway with their hockey careers. 

Many of the siblings – apart from twins Will and Tom – rarely play together given their age differences. However, sisters Amy and Lucy Gribben have played together at their local club. When asked what it’s like on the pitch together, Year 10 pupil Amy remarked, “We actually work really well together!”. Year 8 pupil Lucy added that they rarely get cross with each other and have a built-in intuition commenting, “We just know what move the other will make next which is quite handy.”
Securing a spot on the county line-up is no mean feat. Many of our pupils play for local clubs and are recommended for county trials by their coaches (or with a gentle nudge from Mr Edwards, Head of Hockey!). Alongside their school and club commitments, pupils attend various trials and training sessions before finding out if they’ve been selected.

As part of the county selection process, pupils are also introduced to England Hockey’s ‘Player Pathway’ programme. Launched in October 2016, the Player Pathway is a unique development programme which provides an environment that helps all junior players realise their potential. Whether that means they are the best club player that they can be, seek a lifelong commitment to the game through coaching, or volunteering, or perhaps go on to represent England or Great Britain at junior or senior level, the programme is devised to nurture talent at every level.
A fantastic achievement for all our players. We look forward to seeing how their hockey careers develop.