Hockey star visits Dover school

Pupils at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School were given coaching by one of England’s most acclaimed young hockey players

Olympic hockey player Georgie Twigg visited the Duke of York’s Royal Military School to meet its sports teams and demonstrate her internationally acclaimed skills. After a tour of the school near Dover in Kent, Georgie held coaching sessions for the girls’ and boys’ hockey squads.

Georgie gained her first international cap for the England senior squad in 2010. Since then she has been named England Hockey’s Young Performance Player of the Year for four consecutive years. Georgie’s biggest achievement to date is winning a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games; she also took part in the Olympic Torch Relay.

Chris Russell, the school’s executive principal, said: “Georgie proved to be a great inspiration to our hockey squads, especially the coaching sessions when she demonstrated her exceptional skills.”

 The school has produced a number of high-flying hockey players over the years, including Martin Sampson who played with Guildford in the men’s premier league for 10 years and won both domestic and international club honours, and Nick Conway who played with Teddington and Old Loughtonians in the men’s national hockey premier league. Nick went on to become national coach for the USA men’s and women’s teams which competed at the London 2012 Olympics.

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