Four Millfield hockey players have been selected for the England U18 assessment camps.
Upper Sixth students Beau Barrington-Hibbert and Monica Watkins, and Year 11 students Charlie Milsom and Lilly May Holmes, have all been selected after participating in the England Hockey Talent Academy Festival in Nottingham during the summer.
Beau Barrington-Hibbert, from Suffolk, joined Millfield Prep in Year 8. Beau said, “It felt really good to be selected, over the past season I’ve been working hard, and it felt good knowing that your hard work has paid off.” Beau has credited the Millfield Hockey department for helping to develop her as a player, she said, “Millfield hockey is very special, there is a real feeling of community, which is positive and uplifting. There are so many people within this department to help you grow both physically and mentally, allowing you to fulfil your true potential.”
Monica Watkins, from Hampshire, joined Millfield in Lower Sixth. Monica joined the school to develop her hockey on the Millfield Hockey programme, she said, “My hockey has improved on the technical side of the game from having lots of one-to-one technical sessions where we focus in on key technical skills. Also, my game understanding has improved a lot as we do a lot of different presses and formations.”
Charlie Milsom, from Frome, joined Millfield in Year 10, said, “The hockey at Millfield has helped me grow as a player significantly. In the future, I hope to play hockey at a high level and hopefully one day represent my country.”
Lilly May Holmes, who joined Millfield in Year 9, is from Bristol. She said, “When I found out I got selected, it was very exciting to play for my country.” During her time on the Hockey programme, Lilly has made lifelong friendships with her team, she said, “The hockey at Millfield is special to me. I have made special bonds with all the players on my team. The coaching staff at Millfield are a huge support and help provide you with countless opportunities to thrive and achieve the goals you want to accomplish and have set out.”
Millfield Director of Hockey, Reggie Keates, said, “We are so pleased for the girls in getting selected for the England U18 assessments this month. Each of them has experienced a different and unique journey to get to this point. Still lots of work to be done, but we know they are relishing the challenge.”