Sep 17 2021

This week Beaudesert Park School welcomed three members of the men’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Great British hockey team for a Q&A and hockey skills masterclass with their girls in Year 3 to 8.

Chris Griffiths (Forward), Liam Ansell (Forward), and Rupert Shipperley (Midfielder/Forward) spoke to the girls in Years 5 to 8 about their experiences at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

They explained what it was like to play at an international level, how they prepared, and how they felt about their final match against India in the quarter-finals.

The girls were eager to ask questions about what the Olympic Village was like and what the squad had been doing since they returned.

Each of the Olympic players then led hockey skills workshops with different age groups.

Chris and Liam, both bronze medallists at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, led sessions with the older girls focussing on attacking skills, shooting techniques and stick skills.

Rupert, captain of the Welsh hockey team, worked with the U9 girls on movement with passing, and one-on-one attacking and defending.

Headmaster Chris Searson said, “We are so grateful to be hosting sporting excellence once again at Beaudesert.

“Seeing sportsmen and women at the top of their field encourages and inspires the children to persist in their sporting endeavours and we hope the girls have gained new skills to take into the upcoming season.

“We are excited to welcome Chris, Liam and Rupert back in the spring.”

All of the girls had a wonderful afternoon and a few were lucky enough to get their sticks signed by the players.

Chris, Liam and Rupert are looking forward to the European World Cup and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022.