Old Loughtonians’ rising stars set for Futures Cup

Five Old Loughtonians’ rising stars have been selected from a pool of the country’s most promising young hockey players to participate in the Futures Cup.

Emily Defroand will captain the Saxon Tigers under-18s girls and play alongside club-mate Emily Wills.

Chigwell school pupils Conor Caplan and William Godfrey have been named in the Saxon Tigers under-16s boys’ squad, while James Albery has been selected for the under-18s.

The tournament begins today (Thursday) and will be held at Cannock Hockey Club in Staffordshire over four days and is part of the England Hockey Board’s long-term athlete development strategy, the Single System.

The Loughts quintet are among 288 youngsters that have been whittled down from a pool of 2,500 and will compete in the tournament designed to replicate a senior international event following four months of coaching and advice on fitness, nutrition and lifestyle management at 12 Junior Regional Performance Centres across England.

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EHB’s national manager for the Single System, Melissa Bennett, said: “The participants will experience a hockey tournament in a performance environment with the focus on implementing the core skills developed over their training sessions.

“It also provides a chance for coaches and managers to get a taste of how important their roles are in the coordination and development of players in this environment.”

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