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Two Holcs selected in England Women’s U21 Squad for 2024

By Lucas Ball

Congratulations to W1s’ players Lottie Bingham, 18, and Tilly Woodhead, 17, who have both been selected in the England Women’s U21 squad for 2024, alongside former Holcombe player Izzy Shelley.

Former Holcombe captain and coach Leigh Maasdorp is also one of the assistant coaches.

Players went through an assessment process in January after the under-21s, including Bingham, finished fourth at the Junior World Cup in Chile in December.

Bingham was the youngest member of that squad and has since been awarded the Hockey Writers’ Club Youth award.

Woodhead was originally confirmed in the under-18s’ squad in November, with fellow Holcombe goalkeeper Eddie Rowney also included in the under-18 boys’ squad.

The 2024 programme begins at Warwick University from 13th-15th February as a combined England under-21 and under-18 set up, forming part of a new approach which will see greater integration and fluidity between age groups as England Hockey looks to provide the best possible stretch and development opportunities for its most high-potential female players. 

The team will travel to Spain at Easter and then to France in May for a rare opportunity to play at the Olympic stadium alongside FIH Pro League matches, all part of the preparation for the EuroHockey Junior Championships in July. 

Commenting on the new squad Heather Williams, GB Head of Elite Talent Development, said: “Congratulations to all the players selected and my thanks to their coaches and families who support them day in day out to help them achieve their hockey aspirations.

“It is great to see a mix of experience and new squad members.

“Players like Georgina Gardens and Sofia Martin, both also part of the Great Britain Elite Development Programme have now experienced two Junior World Cups.

“As they look to build on those experiences progress themselves, the opportunity for younger players to train and learn alongside them on and off the pitch is invaluable too so we can develop a continuous pipeline for players.”

Full squad and staff:

Beth AlexanderLoughborough University
Alice AtkinsonUniversity of Birmingham
Lottie BinghamWeald of Kent GS/Holcombe HC
Olivia BreedBrighton College/East Grinstead HC
Tilly ButterworthRepton School/Repton HC
Hollie Dring-RichardsonLoughborough University
Sienna DunnUniversity of Nottingham
Issy FieldEast Grinstead HC
Georgie GardensUniversity of Exeter/Isca HC
Emily GilbertGodolphin and Latymer School/Wimbledon HC
Josie HippeSevenoaks School/Surbiton HC
Clemmie HouldenClifton Robinsons HC
Maddie LongUniversity of Nottingham
Sofia MartinHampstead and Westminster HC
Freya RobinsonSurbiton HC
Isobel ShelleyUniversity of Birmingham
Molly SmithLoughborough University
Ruby SpavinHaileybury School/Southgate HC/Old Loughtonians TA
Scarlett SpavinDurham University
Claudia SwainUniversity of Nottingham
Tilly WoodheadInvicta GS/Holcombe HC

* Please note that several players are still being assessed and may be added to the squad once their assessment is completed

Simon LetchfordHead Coach
Leigh MaasdorpAssistant Coach
Lisa LetchfordAssistant Coach
Charli RobertsonPhysiotherapist
Tom MillingtonGK Coach
Ellen DaviesS&C Coach
Hannah CuretonPerformance Analyst
Sarah EversfieldTeam Manager
Heather WilliamsHead of Elite Talent Development