King's Worcester

25 June

King’s Pupil Achieves U18 Cap for Wales Hockey

Over the amy hughes wales 18th-20th June, Fifth Form pupil Amy H earned her first U18 Welsh Hockey cap, competing in a test series against Ulster at the Eirias Park, the home of Welsh hockey.

For any athlete, hearing the national anthem before playing is an exceptionally proud moment and Amy relished the opportunity to walk onto the pitch wearing the welsh badge and playing in front of a crowd.

Amy was the youngest player on both teams so was extremely nervous about whether she was ready to play hockey at this standard. However, listening to the words of her coaches and having faith in her ability allowed her to play some of her best games so far and she became more and more confident with every save she made.

The most significant thing she learnt during this test series was that self-belief and confidence are even more important than being the most technically and physically skilled player. If you are resilient, work hard and follow the feedback of your coaches, then dreams really can come true.

Amy really enjoyed the opportunity to do more video analysis and research on her opponents, appreciating the value of self-assessment and how learning about the opposition allowed her to make the best saves possible as she was able to predict short corner decisions.

Amy said of her experience “My pride and determination to represent Wales to the best of my ability has fuelled my passion for becoming the best player I possibly can. I may not have always been the most naturally talented hockey player however, my hard work and pure love for the game have enabled me to develop skills that are giving me the opportunity to begin to play at an international level. Always keep grafting.”

“Amy has always had a fantastic work rate, pushing herself in every training session and listening to every piece of feedback she is given, which has enabled her to make the step up to international hockey. It is a huge honour to play for your country and we are exceptionally proud of Amy,” Lora Miller-Symonds, Director of Hockey.