Culford pupil’s hockey success

Sixteen-year-old Lucy Holder, Culford School’s England hockey star, secures Under 18 Futures Cup place

Culford School’s Lucy Holder has been selected for the hockey ‘Under 18 Futures Cup’ squad. Being selected for the squad is the latest step in Lucy’s rise to hockey prominence. It establishes her as a top 100 UK player and as a contender for an England ‘Under 18 National Age Group’ place; all the more impressive as she has secured a place in the U18 squad a year early.

Lucy is no stranger to international hockey, having represented England’s Under 16 team against Belgium, Germany and Four Nations champions, Holland, at the high performance centres of Lilleshall National Academy and ‘Bisham Abbey. A delighted Lucy commented: “Walking out onto the hockey pitch in my England shirt was a very proud moment for me and my family and it was great to get on the score sheet!”

Culford’s hockey department has seen a number of success stories recently.

Culford pupils Maria Andrews, Ella Dowling and Alex Blumfield have all recently gained selection for the ‘Under 17 Tier 2 High Performance Assessment Camp’ squads and are well placed to follow in Lucy’s footsteps.

Culford’s director of hockey, Matt Copping, said: “We have made major strides in developing hockey at Culford over the last few years and with a dedicated team of coaches and the superb contribution from our hockey professional, Leonie Kammeijer, the standard across the school has improved significantly. We now have four Culford players in high performance squads and a wealth of up-and-coming hockey talent. The recent introduction of hockey scholarships for children at ages at 13+ and 16+ and Culford’s exciting relationship with Bury Hockey Club means the future of hockey at Culford is extremely bright.”

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