Two Rydal Penrhos pupils were invited to attend a national age-group hockey assessment day.
Rydal Penrhos has a rich and proud history of success in a sporting environment. Many of our pupils have achieved national success at regional and national events and squad selections, with some also going on to professional level in fields such as rugby, cycling, sailing and cricket.
Not only this, but the school has secured a wealth of national championships in swimming, hockey and skiing, further reflecting the diverse sporting opportunities offered to pupils in all year groups that promote positive wellbeing, mental health and enhances their development in key areas.
This has proved highly advantageous for pupils, with Rydal Penrhos benefitting from its own Sports Hall, stunning New Field sporting area and Performance Centre implemented to boost physical conditioning.
Eve Durrans and Lily Davies, who are Year 10 pupils at the school, have been part of the Hockey Wales 360˚ programme in Colwyn Bay in recent years, which is an essential component of the organisation’s talent development pathway, helping support and develop aspiring stars to achieve their potential.
Entering the 360˚ pathway is the first step within the performance pathway. Individuals playing at clubs and schools can enter the system, which focuses on technical, tactical, physical and psychological development.
Eve and Lily have both made a substantial impression within the programme and developed considerably as a result. This has not gone unnoticed by their head coach, who nominated the duo for a Wales National Age Group level squad thanks to their outstanding progress.
The pupils travelled to Malvern College on Sunday 23 May for an assessment day with the U16s, which saw Eve and Lily participate in drills along with the best talent in this particular age bracket from across the country.
This is the latest in a series of fine achievements from the pair, who have already represented North Wales at U13 standard during their time at Rydal Penrhos.
Both also play a significant role in the school’s age-grade sides, contributing significantly to some outstanding results for the school with strong performances and an ability to inspire others around them.
Everyone at Rydal Penrhos is incredibly proud of Eve and Lily, who will benefit greatly from this experience in pursuit of attaining bigger and better things in the future.