Pupils and staff at Malvern College were thrilled to welcome Lily Owsley MBE, GB Hockey player and Rio Olympics Gold Medallist, to officially open their new international standard hockey pitch recently, which will further support the college’s highly successful competitive sports programme.
The new floodlit £800,000 water-based professional surface is part of the college’s ongoing multi-million pound investment in academic, creative and sporting excellence; it will also benefit the local school community, and club and district hockey teams.
The increased enthusiasm and participation in hockey at Malvern College has been inspired by the successes of the GB hockey team in the Olympics and on the world stage. The potential of individual hockey players at Malvern is being nurtured by the high level of coaching they receive from full-time staff.
Lily Owsley said: ‘I am delighted that Malvern College girls and boys, along with other local clubs, will benefit from this outstanding international standard pitch. They will continue to discover the benefits of being part of a team while learning new skills and gaining valuable life experiences.’
This new investment means there are now two artificial hockey pitches at Malvern College and it is a great reward to Malvern hockey players who now compete at national and international levels.
‘Sport plays a huge role in the life of Malvern College girls and boys and helps them to become balanced and well-rounded pupils. Hockey is taken very seriously by the girls and boys who play it because it combines physical and mental determination, self-confidence, team work, and the ability to think and act on your feet,’ said Chey West, Director of Sport at Malvern College.
Photo caption: Official opening of the new water-based pitch at Malvern College. Back: Lily Owsley (centre) with Antony Clark, Headmaster (centre).
Chey West, Director of Sport (far right); Mark Moss, Malvern’s Head Hockey Coach (far left), and Malvern’s girls and boys 1st XI Hockey teams.