Becky training with National Age Group Squad Academy
Talented Princethorpe College midfield hockey player Becky Redmile has been selected onto the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence Programme as part of the National Age Group Squad (NAGS) Academy.
The dedicated 17-year-old, who has been playing the game since the age of nine, sees this as a future stepping stone for potential U18 England selection next year.
“My game has improved so much since I have started training with the Academy. High intensity training sessions involving a high skill level means that my overall game has advanced recognisably.”
Weekly trips to Oxford for two-hour training sessions along with residential camps held over the school holidays demand a lot from the LVI A Level student.
“I’ve always been very organised with my school life and sport,” she added. “Hockey takes priority because I love it so much and that’s where I want my future to be.”
Studying Biology, Geography and Physical Education with a view to reading Sports Science at university entails a lot of sacrifices along the way. “I couldn’t do what I do without my mum and dad who give me so much support. I never feel as if I am missing out on anything because this is what I’m focused on.”
Also a player for Leicester Ladies, Becky recently enjoyed a taste of international competition in January where she played in Barcelona against French International and the Spanish U21 squad. “This experience gave me a real confidence boost. I loved it and it’s proven how much I’d love to represent my country at the sport.”
Princethorpe College Hockey Coach and former England Junior Marc Edwards added: “This is a great opportunity for Becky to take advantage of the training opportunities provided by NAGS and make her mark in a talented pool of athletes with real England selection potential.”