Shrewsbury High School pupil Nicole Bowen has been chosen to play hockey for England. Her first cap for her country will be as part of the u16 national team against Holland and she travels to the Netherlands for the match on Easter weekend.
Nicole finished her Midlands training camp and games in September and was then involved in the Futures Cup in October, attended by the top 64 hockey girls in the country. Nicole was the vice-captain of the u16 Mercia Lynx team, who were overall winners at the tournament. As well as being a member of the Shrewsbury Ladies first team, Nicole trains with Shrewsbury High School during the week and is a member of the school’s elite athlete programme which is aimed at those players who are of national level. As part of the programme, Nicole has regular sessions to educate her about nutrition, time management, sports psychology and how to avoid injury. She is also mentored by a member of the school’s PE department.
Head of sport at Shrewsbury High School, Linda Royston, says: “Nicole is an extremely talented hockey player. She takes her hockey and her training very seriously and her selection for the England u16 hockey team is just reward for her commitment to her sport – we are all very proud of her and will be cheering for her in her first England match.”