Students get first chance to try out new hockey surface
AT the start of the new school year, students at Wells Cathedral School christened the newly installed hockey Astroturf pitch at Mundy’s Meadow with a lively pre-season training session led by England and Great Britain hockey international Tom Carson.
A hard working striker with an eye for a goal, Tom has a total of 75 caps and has scored 20 international goals, including the one that saw England through to a bronze medal at the Hero Hockey World League Final in 2014.
Wells hockey is enjoying an impressive renaissance under the guidance of head of hockey, James Mayes, with a record number of Wells girl and boy hockey players chosen to represent Somerset in the Junior Academy Centres over the last season. Twenty-six hockey players from the school have represented the county at training and regional matches across the region, playing at inter-county tournaments against teams representing Cornwall, Devon and Dorset. Additionally, two girls and two boys have been selected for the prestigious West Performance Centre, the final stage of selection before the elite Futures Cup squads.
James said: “Hockey at Wells is going from strength to strength and we are delighted with the results and county selections from last year. Our new state-of-the-art Astro pitch is going to provide the teams with a much improved playing surface for training and for matches and we look forward to welcoming teams from across the region to play here.”
The Wells girls’ teams have already enjoyed a successful start to the new season with wins over St Mary’s Shaftesbury and KES Bath on the new Astro in the past couple of weeks.