Alice returns to England Hockey International duty
Alice Atkinson spent the summer travelling across Europe playing Hockey for the England Under 18 team. Firstly, Alice went to France for the Four Nations tournament, playing against Belgium, Holland and France over four days. She then travelled to Germany for a three-day training camp, which included three matches against Germany. During one of the matches Alice scored a goal for her country from open play.
The summer concluded with a trip to Spain to play the Eight Nations tournament, facing Germany again in the group stages and beating Scotland 5-0 to move into a quarter final match against Belgium, that was narrowly lost 2-1 in an exciting end to a feisty game.
Alice and her team played Scotland once again in the 5th/ 6th place play-off game, winning to secure 5th place overall out of the 8 countries that participated in the tournament. Alice is now eagerly awaiting the next stage of her international Hockey career with aspirations for an invitation to the Under 21 squad trials, whilst playing for RGS Worcester’s senior girls 1st XI team.
“It has a real honour to represent the country at U18 level in Hockey over the past two years. The international competitions this year ran from Easter into July. I had the opportunity to travel to France, Germany and Spain with the squad and played teams from Europe. These includes matches against Belgium, Holland, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany and the Czech republic. The 8 Nations tournament in Terrassa in Spain was an incredible experience, one that I will never forget!”
– Alice Atkinson.
“Having seen Alice begin her Hockey career at RGS The Grange and flourish in both school and club National League Hockey over the years, we are incredibly proud of her achievements and the talented yet humble player she is, always looking to support those around her in the team. We know the younger pupils already look up to her as a fantastic role model and have aspirations to try to follow in her footsteps.”
– Miss Leanne Bennett, Head of Hockey.
“Alice has that quiet confidence that epitomises RGS pupils and her skill and teamwork on the Hockey pitch are so impressive. A superb player, she has taken on the challenge of playing for England with customary humility and utter determination. Well done, Alice, what an incredible achievement.”
– Mr John Pitt, Headmaster.