Felsted make history in hockey nationals

PUBLISHED: 15:37 24 May 2007 | UPDATED: 21:42 29 May 2010

The under 11 team

The under 11 team

Felsted Preparatory School made history in Nottingham last weekend as both the under 11 and under 13 hockey teams were crowned National Girls Hockey champions. This is the first time any school has achieved this in the history of this competition and it i

The under 13s

Felsted Preparatory School made history in Nottingham last weekend as both the under 11 and under 13 hockey teams were crowned National Girls Hockey champions.

This is the first time any school has achieved this in the history of this competition and it is a fantastic achievement for the small, but particularly sporty school.

For the second consecutive year the under 13 mini hockey team captained by Elizabeth Holmes represented the East of England at the National finals.

They won their first three matches of the tournament and drew their last match putting them in first place.

They beat the West of England represented by Millfield Prep 2-0, the North of England represented by Arnold School 3-1, The South of England represented by Kingston Grammar 2-0, and drew with the Midlands' team Lichfield Hockey Club to take the title.

The under 13 team was Lucy Stuchfield, Sophie Kelly, Eleanor Mott-Brown, Imogen Hargreaves, Anna Stonham, Elizabeth Holmes (capt), Katherine Moore, Megan Powell and Ariminta Jerram.

The under 11s, captained by Elizabeth's sister Hattie, won three of their four matches and scored more goals than anyone else as they were also declared National Champions.

They beat the North of England represented by Wakefield Grammar 2-0, the South of England represented by Reading Hockey Club 3-0 and the Midlands represented by Bedford High School 4-1.

They lost to Paragon School representing the West of England 1-0, but had done enough to take the title.

Headmistress Jenny Burrett said: "We are delighted that the girls have achieved their goal. As a traditional prep school with long hours (8.30am-6pm) and Saturday School, I believe we are able to give our pupils the time and opportunity to develop skills, whether they are in sports, arts, academia or elsewhere.

"You can really see that the time we give to teaching and practising key skills has paid off.

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