Top tournament display earns hockey starlet Rebecca place in England squad

Rebecca Daniel.

Rebecca Daniel. - Credit: Archant

Talented student Rebecca Daniel has seen her hard work and determination on the hockey pitch rewarded with a place in the England Hockey Under 16 National Age Group squad.

The 15-year-old King’s Ely student starred in the Futures Cup at St Albans during the half term having been chosen to represent the South and East of England Saxon Tigers at Under 16 level, helping them to finish second overall.

The Futures Cup involves four days of training and competition between the Saxon Tigers, Pennine Pumas, Wessex Leopards and Mercian Lynx from England, along with the Caledonian Cougars from Scotland and Celtic Jaguars from Wales.

The Saxon Tigers lost 4-1 to the Wessex Leopards, hammered the Pennine Pumas 6-1, before losing 1-0 to Scotland.

From this tournament, Rebecca, who is from Gazeley, near Newmarket, has been selected for the England Under 16 NAGS and will now attend training and assessments, starting later this month with a camp at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire.

Chanre Bond, head of girls’ games at King’s Ely Senior, said: “Rebecca’s talent was recognised quite early on at school level. With a lot of hard work, Rebecca has worked her way up through school, county and regional hockey teams to help get her to this stage of her sporting career.

“Along with playing hockey for King’s Ely 1st team, she also plays national league for Cambridge City Ladies 1s. To be selected for the NAGS means that she is currently amongst the top 34 players in the country for her age group. This is a fantastic and very well-deserved achievement for Rebecca. We wish her all the best in the upcoming training camps and selection for England U16.”