GB star Beckie at Short Lane
BECKIE MIDDLETON was the star attraction at Ashford Hockey Club as she gave a top tips session to juniors hoping to make their own mark on the game.
The Surbiton and Great Britain international, with more than 100 caps to her name, was on hand to help players in the junior section, with new girls’ coach Jackie Parsons and stalwart section organiser Peter Cottrell there to pick up tips themselves.
They are holding coaching sessions on Sunday mornings throughout the summer, and are looking to increase numbers and improve players’ skills.
Club president Lynne Morgan arranged the Middleton visit, the star running an hour session for 1014 years girls, followed by a similar session for the same age group of boys.
“More than 30 Ashford juniors attended the very successful sessions,” said Morgan.
“They included two goalkeepers, and everybody present enjoyed the varied session, with coaches Jackie and Peter also interested spectators.
“Beckie stayed for photos, questions and autographs for the juniors and we hope to arrange a further visit later in the year.
“Besides trying to attract juniors, senior players of all abilities are welcome and can either contact the respective club captains or myself via the contact page on our website (www.ashfordhockeyclub.co.uk).
“Or they are welcome to try summer hockey.”
On the whole, season 2015/16 was a good one for the club, with the ladies’ first XI consolidating their place back in the Premier League, finishing seventh.
The second team finished fifth while the thirds had their best season for a while, finishing sixth and picking up the most wins and points in a long time.
The biggest success saw the men’s first XI gain promotion back to South Premier Division Two, with coach Ravi Virdi deserving great credit.