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School Sport: St Edwards make hockey progress

PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 May 2017

St Edwards Primary School pupils with GB hockey international Rose Thomas

St Edwards Primary School pupils with GB hockey international Rose Thomas

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Primary pupils edged out in London tournament final

St Edwards Primary School were narrowly edged out in the recent England Hockey London Schools Quicksticks tournament.

A total of 25 schools from across the capital took part in the event and the Romford-based school won five of their six games, before narrowly losing out in the final.

Over the course of the tournament, they scored over 20 goals and conceded just three, with their runners-up medals handed out by Wales and Great Britain internatinoal Rose Thomas.

That achievement came on the back of a semi-final penalty shoot-out defeat in the Havering Schools’ Quicksticks tournament held earlier this year and marks a rapid rise for the youngsters.

The school only started introducing lessons and after school clubs last year with years five and six, before putting the same programme in place for years three and four.

Matt Malby, hockey coach at St Edwards, said: “The progress and commitment that the kids have shown is truly amazing and it’s great to see how much the children enjoy their hockey sessions at the school.

“We have added more after school hockey for all year groups and hockey is really growing at the school.”

PE co-ordinator Chris Hall added: “I’m really pleased with the amazing progress the team has made over the last year.”

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