The England U18 and U16 squads presented REPS awards for the final phase of the 2022-23 season, recognizing players who have exemplified the core values of the programme.
The squads came together at the end of the season to celebrate the awards and the progress that all the young players have made.
THE TALENT SYSTEM FRAMEWORK HIGHLIGHTS FOUR KEY QUALITIES THAT FUTURE GREAT BRITAIN INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY PLAYERS NEED TO THRIVE AND SUCCEED. WE’RE EXCITED TO BRING THESE VALUES TO LIFE AND CELEBRATE THEM IN OUR PROGRAMMES.
MARK BATEMAN – LEAD TALENT COACH
#RelentlessSpirit, #EmbraceDiversity, #PursuitOfExcellence & #SupportAndChallenge
The #RelentlessSpirit award celebrates behaviour on and off the field of play. On the field, these players show constant effort. In possession, that looks like lead-throughs, getting ahead of the ball, hard sprinting leading for the ball or to create space for others, quickly getting into shape and structure. Out of possession, that looks like tackle-backs, setting structure quickly, positioning and moving quickly when we lose the ball. Off the pitch, we notice the effort they are giving to their training, their nutrition, hydration and video work – all aspects that allow them to perform tirelessly for the team.
Winners: Olivia Breed (U18 Girls), Will DiBiaise (U18 Boys), Martha Wong (U16 Girls), Marco Riley (U16 Boys)
The #EmbraceDiversity award is a recognition of the diversity of players’ superstrengths. Our highest-performing GB squads have been forged from efficiently and effectively utilising the best assets of all individuals. This award is for a player who has a unique superstrength and can deliver on it consistently for the benefit of the team. They recognise the strengths in others and utilise their game to bring out the best in others in the squad.
Winners: Josefina Hippe (U18 Girls), Tom Spreckley (U18 Boys), Emily Barrett (U16 Girls), Ollie Stone (U16 Boys)
The #PursuitOfExcellence award is for players who constantly push themselves outside of their comfort zone to achieve progression. It takes courage to consistently strive to be better. These players have courage and commitment.
Winners: Emily Gilbert (U18 Girls), Monty Neave (U18 Boys), Summer Knight-Thompson (U16 Girls), Conor Yap (U16 Boys)
The #SupportAndChallenge award is awarded to a player who has the capability and personality to both support and challenge their teammates, their coaches and also accept being challenged and supported by others. It is about their give and take from the team, giving energy to others whilst also recognising they can positively challenge those that take energy from the group in order for the group to move forward together.
Winners: Molly Smith (U18 Girls), Jake Edwards (U18 Boys), Georgia Carroll (U16 Girls), Ollie Foot (U16 Boys)