GB star Beckie at Short Lane

Staines Informer - - SPORT - Hockey

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.ash­ford­hock­ey­

“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.

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