Stamford School hockey ace is making his mark on the big stage
Stamford School hockey star Eddie Harper is hoping to earn England selection for this summer’s international series.
Harper will be training with the England Under 18 squad over the summer with the aim of earning a place in their line-up for the matches against Scotland, Germany and Belgium.
He has also recently attended an Under 21 training camp, as an advance taster for the next stage of his England pathway, after appearing for the Under 18s in a three match international test series against the Netherlands.
This series was Harper’s second international tournament after competing against Ireland at Lilleshall in February.
England Hockey took a squad of 20 Under 18 players to compete in a series of three matches with Harper being selected for all three.
The team produced some strong results with the matches resulting in a draw, a defeat and then finally a well-deserved win for the England boys’ team against a very strong hockey nation.
Stamford Endowed Schools’ Director of Sport and Performance Mark Nasey commented: “It is such an incredible achievement to see Eddie competing on an international stage.
“It speaks volumes for his perseverance, commitment and drive for self-improvement.
“We are all very proud of him at Stamford and look forward to following the next step of his England hockey journey.”
Eddie’s parents added: “Since joining Stamford School as a sports scholar, the staff have continued to support Ed whilst he’s being playing club hockey for Cambridge City men’s first team and nurtured his development to the England Under 18 team.
“Their strength and conditioning programme has provided structured guidance giving Ed the physical resilience to manage the highs and lows of higher-level performance sport.”