The Clifton College U16 Girls Hockey team competed in the Investec Schools Championships National Finals and came a brilliant fifth out of hundreds of schools across the country.
Their journey started in September 2017, where they competed in the county and west finals, which lead them to a national play-off match against Sevenoaks. The team won this match which secured their place in the finals as one of the top eight in the country.
It was an incredible achievement to get to the National Finals and the girls played with pride, determination and skill, finishing third in their pool after beating Wakefield Girls’ High School 2-1.
Playing at Lee Valley Olympic Park was a great experience for the team and the encouragement from the crowd of parents and fellow students created an amazing atmosphere.
The team had been training hard in the lead up to the championships and support came from across the College.
Louise Catchpole, Director of Hockey, said: “Thanks to Gary Catchpole, Stuart Loughrey, Kirsty Parnell, Amanada Ferebee and Tam Pascoe for all their coaching, support and technical advice during the build up to the Nationals. Also, Mrs Newman, Head Mistress of the Pre-Prep and Spinning Instructor, who gave the girls a spin session every Friday to help improve their fitness and stamina in the build up.”