AKS Year 12 pupils Grace W and Rebecca W are continuing to impress on the hockey scene as they have both once again been included in the England Hockey Performance Centre. The Performance Centre , which is held at Mill Farm , Kirkham with evening and day sessions throughout the season is the next step up the hockey talent pathway and both girls are working towards progressing their skills to ultimately gain selection for the Pennine Pumas squad next summer.
Following their performances at last year’s Performance Centre and Rebecca’ s selection for the Pennine Pumas in the summer both Grace and Rebecca have also been invited to join the prestigious England Hockey Diploma in Sporting Excellence Programme ( DiSE) run in conjunction with Loughborough College.
The year long programme certificated course involves regular residential camps held at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre, the first of which was over half term. During the camps the girls not only have training sessions on the pitch but also have lectures on a wide variety of topics surrounding elite performance and a performance lifestyle. Nutrition, lifestyle management, drugs in sports and training are some of the aspects of being and elite performer that the girls will cover and during the course they will complete a portfolio which will lead to the award of the diploma at the end with the culmination being a representative tournament in July.