The Queen's School hockey teams enjoyed the experience of a lifetime on a half-term trip to Holland, the winners of numerous world and Olympic hockey championship titles.

PE teacher Martine Green said: "How wonderful to turn up to Hockey Club Rotterdam - a facility that hosted seven Astro pitches, has 3500 playing members with 18 teams within each junior age range and a host of international stars playing hockey professionally.

"An amazing experience for our girls to see the culture, meet and play against their Dutch counterparts and make some great friends."

The two Queen's teams played two matches each, won three of the games and drew one 2-2 - a remarkable achievement! 

Mrs Green added: "If that's not enough, the girls also received coaching from Thijs van Dam, the current Dutch U21 captain, he bemused the girls with his intricate skills with stick and ball, his pace along with quickness of hands, what a talent.

"Simon Egerton, a senior England international, playing professionally for Rotterdam, also gave the girls a shooting masterclass. Then to top it all off we head off to watch the top ladies league to observe the current Dutch ladies captain, number 17, Maartje Pauman, She is a national hero and huge celebrity in her country yet she was happy to speak with us, sign memorabilia and have photos with our girls.

"What a fantastic group of girls and wonderful dedicated team of staff, thank you all. A truly inspiring trip!" 


Post date: 3rd November 2015