YEAR 13 student, Emily Pluck, is our Captain of Girls’ Hockey.

We had a quick catch-up with Emily to find out how she has been keeping fit during lockdown and what she is looking forward to most about returning to school…

Are you proud to be Captain of Girls’ Hockey, Emily?

“I am very proud to be Captain of Girls’ Hockey! I have been playing hockey at King’s since I joined in Year 6, and have been playing at club level from the age of 7. Ever since then I have fallen in love with the sport and have always wanted to captain our First Team. I am very grateful I got the opportunity to do so.”

In what ways have you been able to fulfil this role during lockdown – despite not being in school, have you been doing anything online?

“Although there is not much we can do as a team while in lockdown, I am looking forward to organising the mixed hockey sessions on a Friday and attending them when we get back to school.”

What do you enjoy most about hockey and sport at King’s Ely?

“There are so many opportunities at King’s, not just to play hockey but to be involved with all of the other diverse sports on offer. This is great for me as I love to be out on the pitch! There is a real sense of family and community within the hockey team, which motivates you to want to work hard for each other. When we are not playing hockey I also enjoy using the school gym, the aerobics classes and swimming. We are really privileged to have such diverse facilities. I can’t wait to get back to it!”

How have you been keeping active and fit during lockdown?

“I have been able to maintain some fitness during lockdown but it is hard when you are limited to not being able to exercise with other people. I have been going on runs and bike rides for a bit of cardio, and have been practising my stick skills in the garden just to keep up my fitness levels. Before lockdown, I was really busy and playing hockey for both club and school, which was quite intense so it was also important for me to have a break.”

What are you most looking forward to about returning to school when it comes to hockey and sport?

“Unfortunately, the official hockey season will have finished so I am most looking forward to the mixed hockey sessions after school which allows me to play with my friends, as well as the girls’ team which is really fun. I also hope that we get to play a few friendly matches and show off how fantastic the team is! We haven’t had much of an opportunity to do so yet. I think it would be a great way to finish school knowing I got to play the sport I love with my friends around me.”

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