Year 11 pupil Mollie M is celebrating after being selected to play for her country as a member of the recently announced 2017 England U16 Hockey Squad.
Having been included in the England U16 training group last year but not gaining selection for the team Mollie has worked very hard to go one better this year and all her efforts have been rewarded with her inclusion in the 2017 Squad. After a year which saw her join a sprint club to work on her speed, undertake additional technique practice sessions to perfect her skills as well as training and playing for the school 1stXI and Fylde Hockey club Mollie has developed her individual skills and the standard of her play considerably and obviously impressed the England coaches.
Mollie M will be part of the 28 athlete squad who will embark on several more training days before pulling on an England shirt for the first time against the might of Holland at Easter. Mollie will hope her performances over the next few months will impress enough to gain more international experience with matches planned against Ulster in April, Belgium and Germany in July with the climax of the year being the European Tournament in Barcelona in late July.
Everyone at AKS congratulates Mollie on this tremendous achievement as the first AKS pupil to gain international hockey honours and wishes her the best of luck in the forthcoming matches.