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Alderley Edge Hockey Club to welcome Welsh national squad

The Welsh women’s national hockey squad will be visiting Alderley Edge this week to train on a high performance facility constructed by Thornton Sports.

The squad who confirmed their place at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with a clean sweep of the EuroHockey Outdoor Nations Championship in July, winning five games on the trot to claim the gold medal, will be holding a training camp from 24th-25th August at The Edge Hockey Centre.

The full-size pitch facility installed at Alderley Edge Hockey Club in 2011 boasts a Thornton Sports Premier 10 sand-dressed synthetic grass surface meeting the FIH National Standard.

Amanda Partington, Senior Women’s Head Coach and Alderley Edge Men’s 1st Team Coach commented:

“The training camp at The Edge kick starts our programme early as we aim to peak and compete with the best sides in the Commonwealth and indeed the world in Glasgow 2014.”

Kelvin Briggs, Secretary of Alderley Edge Hockey Club is delighted the next Welsh camp will be held at The Edge commenting:

“The Alderley Edge club is so excited to welcome Amanda, the Welsh players and support team to The Edge. Our young players and coaches will be inspired by the opportunity to see just how an international team prepares. Whilst most of us will be cheering on England at The Commonwealth Games we will have a warm place in our hearts for Wales!”

He adds:

“There’s one Welsh squad member, Xenna Hughes, who attended junior coaching sessions at the Alderley Club as a child and I’m sure we all wish her well on the road to Glasgow”.

To find out more about Thornton Sports’ high performance synthetic grass hockey surfaces just follow the link or call us on 01282 777 345.

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