Ten Whitgift pupils selected for grand England Hockey national training squads.
Whitgift was delighted with England Hockey’s latest National Age Group Squads (NAGS) selection announcement earlier in September, with multiple current students making the cut. The highest honour obtainable for a junior hockey player, NAGS entails attending England Hockey Performance Centres for specialist training, advice on nutrition, and strength and conditioning, as well as playing international matches.
Well done to Upper Sixth Form pupil, Zach Wallace, for his inclusion in the England U21 Development Programme, a fantastic achievement for a 17-year-old.
The following students were recommended to the U18 squad: Max Denniff, Adam Buckle (both Upper Sixth Form), Max Lowrey, Josh Gravestock (both Lower Sixth Form) and Matt Blood (Upper Fifth Form). Finally, Upper Fifth Formers Dylan Holland, Alex Findlater, Jake Phillips and Steven Rich were selected for the U16 squad.
Dr Karl Stagno, Whitgift’s Director of Hockey, commented on the news, “We wish to congratulate the boys, all of whom contributed to last year’s five national outdoor titles. We always put boys at the centre of all our decisions and are delighted when their dedication pays off. The Department is proud of them and will continue to work hard to support all of our boys.”