Welsh hockey star excels at national tournament

Jacob Heaton-Rue is a lower sixth form pupil at Rydal Penrhos

A talented hockey star at Rydal Penrhos has enhanced his growing reputation as one of the brightest young talents in the country at a prestigious national tournament.

Jacob Heaton-Rue, a lower sixth form pupil at the school, was part of the Welsh U-17 side that competed at the Futures Cup, which took place at Oakland College, St Albans.

Young hockey talent from Wales played under the banner of Celtic Jaguars, competing in both the boys’ and girls’ events at U-15 and U-17 level.

The sports scholar was said to have performed exceptionally well throughout the event, competing against high quality opposition featuring some of the brightest young talents across the country. He managed to get on the scoresheet with a “sensational” individual effort to open the scoring against Scotland, before the Jaguars eventually fell to a narrow 5-3 loss.

This encouraging performance will likely give the national side plenty of hope for the upcoming season, as the group prepare to make the transition to U-18 level.

Rydal Penrhos’ Director of Sport, Allen Boyd, said: “Jacob is a highly talented hockey player who has proven time and time again that he belongs on the national stage, and it was great to see him performing so well at such a high profile competition.

His academic and athletic progress have come on considerably, thanks to his dedication to getting the most out of his experience here at Rydal Penrhos, and he has an incredibly bright future if he continues to show the same sort of desire under the support and guidance of our dedicated staff team.”