Pre-Season Hockey Training

2018_sport_hockey_IMG_0335Day 1

We welcomed twenty one Middle Fifth to Upper Sixth pupils at preseason hockey today, starting with a training session at school to blow away those summer holiday cobwebs. After a fish and chip lunch we set off for The Bank of England’s sports ground near Kingston. Here, we were made very welcome by staff and pupils from Ibstock School and played five match play sessions using various combinations of players to ease the pupils back into a competitive situation.

Once recovered we sampled the culinary delights of Kingston … mainly Pizza Express, before heading back to the hotel for a well earned sleep. Tomorrow sees the exciting 7k mud run!

Day 2

Excitement and anticipation were at breakfast amongst us all this morning, along with some rather stiff legs from yesterday’s exertions! No time for wallowing as we made our journey to Dorking for the long awaited mud run.

Luck was definitely on our side as the weather was glorious, just what was needed for several hours in the mud and water. Our wonderful girls did not disappoint in their courage, team spirit, resilience and good humour, with all 21 (plus Mr Stubbings and Mrs Lea) making it around the course in one piece. How lovely it was to hear members of the public congratulate the pupils on their positive attitudes and sensitivity to the needs of others also completing the course.

There were some challenging moments of course, but these were overcome in true St Edmund’s style. The girls ate a well earned dinner in Richmond this evening followed by a good sleep in preparation for tomorrow’s training session at the Olympic Stadium.

Day 3

Another beautiful day dawned in London as we set off for Lee Valley Hockey stadium at the Olympic Park. The morning was spent fitness training and refining skills. Lunch at Westfield was followed  by an afternoon of conditioned games before the journey back to school.

A wonderful time has been had by all. Huge thanks to Mr Stubbings for organising a fun filled weekend.