TWO hot-shot hockey coaches have been tackling the King’s Ely Senior girls’ hockey teams this week to get them into shape for the new season.

Jon Belby (left), who boasts an impressive 95 caps for Great Britain during events such as the Beijing Olympics, Commonwealth Games and the World Cup, and Chris Marriott (centre), Director of Hockey at Cambridge University and head coach for two national teams in Wales, have been helping the first and second teams raise their game before the start of the new term.

The intensive training drills, which took place on the school’s astro field, included passing and receiving skills; lead runs and movement off of the ball; tackling and interceptions; goal shooting and general fitness. They also helped with team selection.

Head of Girls’ Games, Chanre Bond said: “Although the school has used other international coaches before, it is the first time that Jon and Chris have been in to coach for us, and we were really impressed. Despite some torrential rain during day one, they managed to keep the girls engaged and motivated throughout the training and really helped them to make the most of the experience, pushing them harder than they’ve ever been before.”

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