Around 60 Jersey youngsters are to take part in hockey Masterclass coaching sessions next week, thanks to one of the Island’s leading sports stars.

Jersey-born England hockey player Beckie Herbert is returning to the Island to lead the sessions, which take place on 8th September at Les Quennevais from 6.30pm and which form part of the Deutsche Bank Hockey Development Programme.

The Masterclass will involve junior boys and girls who play for teams that compete in the Hockey Development Division, including Eagles HC, the club formed for the Development Programme, Crusaders Colts, Beckie’s Jersey club Quackers and the Jersey Ladies Hockey Club. The sessions will involve a number of drills designed to focus on helping youngsters improve their core hockey skills.

As well as having been involved in club hockey in Holland this year, Beckie has established herself on the international scene gaining 53 England caps and representing Great Britain 13 times in various tournaments. She has recently returned from Australia where she was playing for England in the Champions Trophy and was selected to represent Great Britain in European competition in Spain last month. She is currently training with the international squad in the UK and returns to play club hockey for Leicester this season.

She said: ‘I am looking forward to the chance to train some of Jersey's up-and-coming hockey talent. I was very lucky to start playing the game in such a fun, family atmosphere in Jersey and have since experienced playing in some amazing places and gained new skills. Hopefully I can pass some of these experiences on during the coaching sessions. It should be fun!’

Coinciding with the Masterclass, the Jersey Hockey Association has also announced that Deutsche Bank is to renew its sponsorship of the Development Programme, which it has supported since 2003. The deal will enable the JHA to meet its rising costs and maintain a busy schedule of development events throughout the coming season.

Ian Cuming, President of the Jersey Hockey Association, added:
‘This Masterclass is a fantastic and rare opportunity for youngsters in Jersey to get advice and coaching support from such a talented local hockey player as Beckie. We are extremely grateful to her for taking time out of her incredibly hectic schedule to lead these sessions. We also thank Deutsche Bank for their commitment to hockey development in Jersey and ongoing help in facilitating exciting opportunities for young people to further their skills.’

Andreas Tautscher, Chief Country Officer for Deutsche Bank in the Channel Islands, commented:
‘It is really rewarding to see local players such as Beckie return to the Island to pass on their enthusiasm, knowledge and expert advice. These Masterclass sessions are an exciting element of the Development Programme and I am delighted that Deutsche Bank is able to announce its continued, long-term support of hockey development in the Island.’

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