England U16s call for James

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Princethorpe College hockey player James Simpson has been invited to play in the England U16 hockey squad.

The 16-year-old forward from Pailton has successfully come through the qualifying process to win the selectors over.

Simpson, who plays for Rugby and East Warwickshire Men’s 1st X1 demonstrated technical accuracy and control of the ball during tournaments held at the Junior Academy Centres and Regional Performance Centres. The English Hockey Futures Cup held at Connock Hockey Club last November led to the Year 11 student being selected to take part in a residential England selection camp held at Lilleshall.

News finally arrived in January that Simpson will be a part of a 29 strong Junior England Squad with a first fixture later this month in the British Colleges Championships.

Director of Sport at Princethorpe College, Neil McCollin said: James is a phenomenal talent. He has worked hard in the game since he arrived at Princethorpe in Year 7. He is a powerful cross country athlete and a general all rounder who always gives 100% to the College and his sports. We are so proud of this National achievement.’

Simpson is delighted to have been given the call up: “My dream is to play hockey in the Olympics one day and score the winning goal against Australia,” he said. “That’s what I want more than anything.”