The Perse School

Outstanding achievement as four Perse hockey teams reach national finals

28 Mar 2018

The Perse will be represented by an unprecedented number of teams at national hockey finals this year following the latest success from the boys’ U16 side.

They beat Neston High School 6-0 in a play-off at Nottingham Hockey Centre for a place in the last eight of the Notts Sport England Hockey Schools Championships.

A double from Henry Howarth and goals from Ben Cross, Felix Wigdahl, George Doel and captain James Pitchford earned a berth in the finals, which take place at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre – the venue for the London 2012 Olympics competition – on 24 and 25 April, where The Perse have been drawn in a group with Cranleigh School, Dean Close School and Repton School.

It takes the number of Perse teams competing in the forthcoming national finals to four, following on from the boys’ and girls’ U13 teams and the boys’ U14 side securing qualification.

The boys’ U14 team will be in action at Lee Valley on 23 April, while both U13 sides will compete in the England Hockey In2Hockey schools finals at Nottingham on 11 May.

Perse Head of Hockey Jon Peckett said: “We are delighted to have qualified for the Nationals with the U13 boys’ and girls’ and U14 and U16 boys’ teams. The players and staff have shown great dedication to the hockey programme over a series of seasons and have performed successfully throughout the tournament days.

“Hockey is well supported at the school and we are very happy with the opportunity for participation and high level performance that the sport provides in the games, extra-curricular and touring schedule.

“We will now look to prepare for the finals at the Olympic Park and Beeston HC, so we can aim to fulfil our potential at the pinnacle of these National competitions.”

Perse Director of Sport Glenn Kirkham added: “It’s been an excellent year for the School’s hockey programme with such consistency through the age groups across both girls’ and boys’ hockey.

“Qualification for the National Finals for four of our teams is a great reward for the commitment and time invested by a large number of pupils and staff.

“The opportunity to compete against the best in the country will be an exciting challenge that I’m sure our teams will relish.”

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