Olympic hockey champion runs training sessions

Winchester House School welcomed Olympic champion hockey player, Alastair Wilson who ran training sessions for all boys from Year 3 to Year 8 on the new full-size artificial pitch. NNL-150203-103312001
Winchester House School welcomed Olympic champion hockey player, Alastair Wilson who ran training sessions for all boys from Year 3 to Year 8 on the new full-size artificial pitch. NNL-150203-103312001

A Brackley school welcomed an Olympic champion to train with pupils last week.

The British field hockey Olympic champion Alastair Wilson ran training sessions for all boys from Year 3 to Year 8 on Winchester House School’s new full-size astro turf.

Thirty-one-year-old Alastair has competed in the European and World Championships 
and in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

He first played for England in January 2005 on a tour of South Africa and has since played for England 45 times and for Great Britain over 20 times, including three appearances in the EuroHockey Nations Championship.

He was also in the 2006 World Cup squad and played at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic games.

The main focus of the sessions were dribbling, beating defenders and shooting and as part of the school’s ‘sport for all’ approach, all the boys took part in the training and benefited from his expertise and enthusiasm.

Sam Stoop, the school’s director of sport, said: “It was a perfect way to start the second half of term. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and learnt a huge amount. My sincere thanks to Alastair for taking time out of his busy schedule to come down and coach.”

Alastair said: “Winchester House is a great school with amazing facilities.

“The boys were a delight to coach and I was most impressed with the standard of hockey. I thought the sport for all approach was very evident and it was lovely to get the opportunity to coach every child.”

Winchester House School is a prep and preparatory school based in Brackley High Street.

For more information about the school, visit www.winchester-house.org or call 01280 702 483.