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Well done to Alex Hicks, 7E for receiving his School Colours tie after representing Gloucestershire with his hockey team and for his success at entering the England Hockey Single System.

Normally at the end of the hockey season in March/April, clubs and schools are requested to identify young players who would benefit from further coaching. This normally happens for the first time in Year 8. These players receive further coaching and development at Junior Development Centres at the end of which they play matches and are assessed formally - each receiving specific written feedback. The most talented (roughly 50%) are then invited to attend then next level in the system, Junior Academy Centres. The format is pretty similar, coaching sessions followed by assessment and reporting. However, the matches played are against other local county JAC groups which provide more competitive competition.

In Alex's case, he was identified as suitable to attend U13 JDC a year early. Following his JDC assessment at U13 he was invited, with 2 others from his U13 group, to attend the remaining U14 training and assessment sessions. This resulted in him being invited to attend U14 JAC training. This puts him 2 years ahead of where he would normally be expected to be performing for his age.

With his JAC squad he travelled to Brecon recently to represent Gloucestershire in matches against South Wales. He played in 4 matches, scoring once and his team won all 4 matches - not bad for his first outing in a county shirt! 

We wish Alex luck in his future matches.


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