With girls and boys competition, each and every squad is bursting with young talent; with School Games alumni such as Ian Sloan, Georgie Twigg and Lily Owsley, there is no doubt some of the hockey stars of the future will be taking to the field next weekend.

For England White, 17-year-olds Becky Hadfield and Rachel Drayton-Chana will compete for the girl’s team. Becky, who plays for Ben Rhydding Hockey Club varying between centre half, inside forward and halfback; she has an impressive sporting record having captained her team to second place in the Hockey National Finals, both indoor and outdoor. Rachel, a forward and midfielder, trains with Repton Hockey Club and recently became a national champion, winning the U18 Indoor Nationals with her team.

For England Boys White, 17-year-olds Isaac Farrant will compete. Isaac is a member of Old Georgians Hockey Club and can be found either upfront or midfield; he is a starting member in his National League team and in the Future’s Cup, and recently u18 Indoor Nationals Club (captaining them to their success).

Of the Blue boys’ team, 17-year-old Ollie Harper is one to watch out for. Ollie, of Cheltenham Hockey Club, is a central midfielder and made 15 caps for England U16s in 2017, including at the Six Nations. He has also played in the West National League and captained his Cheltenham U16 side to become national champions in 2017.

England Blue boys Dan Marshall and Stevie Doolan, both 17, will also take to the field. Dan, a centre back, trains at Cheltenham Hockey Club with Ollie Harper, becoming U16 national champion alongside Ollie last year. Stevie, a goal keeper, is a member of Chichester Hockey Club, but has been earning national caps for England U16s; he has also been invited to train with the England U18 team this year. Matthew Belin, also 17, is another teammate with an impressive track record; the midfield and half-back received a cap for England when he played in the U16 Six Nations last year. Matthew was selected for the England U18 Boys programme 2017/18.

For the England Blue girls’ team, Maya Yien and Sally Sime, both 17, will compete. Maya, who plays in defence for Surbiton Hockey Club, has a long history of sporting success having won the National Club finals for four consecutive years. Barnes Hockey Club’s midfielder Sally currently plays National League hockey and was also selected into the England U16 squad, where she was vice-captain.

Providing stiff competition are England Red girls Maddie James, Katherine Carr and Jika Nyienda, who are all 17 years old. Maddie, a goal keeper at ISCA hockey club, is a 2016 Futures Cup winner; she is also a runner-up at the 2017 U18 Indoor National Club Championships and U16 Outdoor National Club Championships. Repton Hockey Club’s Katherine, also a goal keeper, won both the U16 Indoor and Outdoor School Championships, saving four flicks in the outdoor final. Jika, a forward or midfielder, recently made her debut for Beeston Ladies 1s in the National League; she also has international caps, playing for England U16 girls against Germany and Ulster. Jika was top goal scorer at Futures Cup 2016.

Fred Newbold, 17, represents the Red boys. The Reading Hockey Club centre half has also represented England at U16 level, playing in the European Six Nations. Fred scored a goal against Germany at the Six Nations, which allowed England to equalise in the last quarter. Fred’s Red teammate, 17-year-old Joshua Redstone, competes for Surbiton Hockey Club; the forward came second in the Future’s Cup, playing the age group above his own, and has previously won both the Indoor and Outdoor National Club Championships.

Ulster’s team is strong, with Laura Chestnutt, 17, and Niamh McIvor, 15, competing. Laura, who is a goal keeper at Ballyclare Hockey Club, has represented her country internationally with both Ireland U16 and Ulster U18. She was player of the match against Germany at the U16 Six Nations 2016. Niamh, a forward or midfielder for Belfast Hockey Club, was chosen to captain her country for the U16 Six Nations tournament in Cork 2018. She has represented Ulster since U14.

The Ulster boys’ team boasts Oliver Kidd and Troy Chambers; the 16-year-olds both play for Lisnagavey Hockey Club, where Oliver is a forward and Troy a midfielder. Oliver recently earned an international cap with Ireland Under 18’s in the European A Division earlier this year. He also won the 2018 Burney Cup (Senior School’s Cup) with his school team. Troy, who has played for both Ulster U18 and Ireland U16 teams, will no doubt be a threat on the pitch after being named top goal scorer in the recent 2018 U16 Six Nations Tournament.

Team Scotland will be fierce competition, with seven of the boy’s squad having recently won silver on the international stage at the U18 European Championships in Cardiff. Matthew Taylor, Duncan Gladwin, Robbie Croll, John Stephen, Jacob Tweedie and Fraser Heigh (all 17 years old) gained promotion to the European A division with the Scotland U18 team, after their silver success. On the back of a fantastic season, Fraser, a forward, was selected for the Scotland Men Development Squad. Jacob also won the European Club Trophy with his team at Grange Hockey Club.

Scotland’s girls are sure to impress too. Amber Murray, 17, who plays for Watsonians Hockey Club as a goalkeeper, won gold at the Eurohockey U18 Championships II this summer with the Scotland U18 squad. 18-year-old Margery Justice captained that side, the midfielder and defender for Clydesdale Western Hockey Club also an Indoor National Club champion.

With such talent on display from each and every competitor in this year’s Hockey competition, don’t miss your chance to see the UK’s future stars go for gold; get your tickets here.