Norwich High School’s Amy Campbell called up to England hockey squad

Norwich City Hockey Club junior Amy Campbell has been called up for the England Under-16s.

Amy, a pupil at Norwich School, will be in the squad that faces Wales, in Cardiff, during the half-term holiday this month.

She was selected to attend the Under-15 Hi Performance Assessment Centre (HiPAC), but the coaches were so impressed with her level of ability that she was invited to attend the trials for the Under-16 National Age Group (NAG) Squad – despite being only 14 years old. The process involves a rigorous training schedule which began last year. She attended several training sessions at Lilleshall, and Bisham Abbey. On the cards is a week's tour to Germany this year while she will also compete in training matches against Scotland, Belgium and the German national sides.

'My training at the HiPAC camp was with the captain of the Irish ladies team who has won 208 caps for her country,' said Amy. 'It was a real honour to be coached by her. The experience of playing in this type of environment and at such a high standard is definitely one I will never forget. As intense as the training is, I am thoroughly enjoying the experience.'

Fellow Norwich City Hockey Club junior George Anthony has also been selected for England trials and assessment.

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George – who lives in Attleborough and attends Wymondham College – was one of 60 of the country's top under-17 boys who recently attended a training weekend at Leeds University. He was selected from match trials at a Junior Regional Performance Centre (JRPCs). The trials offer a combination of training and competition, allowing players to develop in a variety of situations and ensures that they are assessed in more than just the competition environment.

JRPCs provide regular training sessions where players receive high level coaching on the core skills of hockey from JRPC coaches, and, with additional input from England Hockey?s Centrally Contracted Coaches.

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Although George has not, as yet, progressed to the second stage, he has been identified as a ?talented? player and will be working hard at club, school and Junior Academy Centre training sessions with the aim of progressing through to the JRPC activities again later this year.

Starting in the minis section, both Amy and George played a significant part in the successful junior teams in their age groups, and both currently play for the men' and ladies senior first teams.

With the training they receive from the Norwich City coaches, coupled with their own hard work and determination to succeed, they have the potential to compete in hockey at international level. Their recent training sessions with Norfolk County coaches at the Junior Development Centres (JDCs) and Junior Academy Centres (JACs) have enhanced their skills, fitness and teamwork.

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