GHC Under 14 Girls were presented with Specsavers Award for Sport Development on Friday night in Godalming at the Wilfrid Joyce Centre. The girls were nominated for the Youth Sports Team of the Year but were instead chosed for this special award. Well done to all invovled!
Nomination for Youth Sports Team of the Year
Guildford Hockey Club Under 14 Girls Performance Section
The Under 14 Girls squad at Guildford HC provides training and competitive matches for 80 thirteen-and fourteen-year-old girls. Some prefer to play socially, while at the top end of the skill range a group of girls play more competitively.
The GHC GU14 Girls A team played in the Premier League West of the Home Counties Girls Hockey League – one of the strongest leagues in the country and came top of their league table. They also won the League Finals Day which paired the top four teams from two Premier Divisions against each other. The team won Bronze in one of Europe’s largest and most competitive youth hockey tournaments hosted by the esteemed Club de Polo de Barcelona. And to finish off a hugely successful season, the team won the England Hockey Under 14 National Championships, having won their Local and Regional Qualifiers:
- HCGL Premier League West Winners (finished at top of the league table)
- HCGL Premier League Finals Day Gold
- England Hockey Tier 1 (Local Championship Pool) Winners
- England Hockey Tier 2 (Regional Championship Pool) Winners
- England Hockey Tier 3 (National Championships) Gold
- Barcelona Inmaculada (International) Bronze
The B team at Guildford play at the level of most clubs’ A teams and also had great success, winning their HCGL league table not only undefeated but by winning all of their matches. They won several rounds of play-offs to get to League Finals Day against other club A teams and won silver medals in League Finals Day.
To put theses wins in perspective, the Home Counites Girls Hockey League comprises more than 100 teams from a large region stretching from Oxford to Canterbury, Hampshire to Northeast London. The Barcelona tournament included teams from Spain, UK, Belgium, Russia, Holland and more. The England Hockey National Championships start with more than 80 teams from across the country.
The England Hockey National Finals were held at the London 2012 legacy site, the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where top level international hockey tournaments are hosted.