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Dereham hockey duo for British squad

PUBLISHED: 10:41 04 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:39 07 July 2010

Jessica Shand, one of two Dereham choices for the British College Hockey squad.

Jessica Shand, one of two Dereham choices for the British College Hockey squad.

TWO teenage hockey stars from City College Norwich who play for Dereham have been selected to play for the British College Hockey Women's team this year.

TWO teenage hockey stars from City College Norwich who play for Dereham have been selected to play for the British College Hockey Women's team this year.

Jessica Shand from Stibbard and Chloe Hobson from Thorpe St Andrew, both 18, have been included in the final squad of 20, which was selected from 80 players who attended the national trials last year.

The pair will now compete in two games every month, with Hobson playing sweeper and Shand centre forward, and they will have the opportunity to play overseas when the team starts international matches in July.

Shand, who is studying a BTEC National Diploma Level Three in sport and exercise, said: “I was really shocked when they told me I had made the final team and I still can't believe it.”

She hopes to develop the coaching skills that are vital for her course by learning and taking ideas from her coaches at British Colleges Hockey.

Hobson is taking a BTEC National Diploma Level Three in public services. She has been playing alongside Shand at Dereham for three seasons and last September travelled to Wales to play for England U18s in the UK School Games. She said: “I'm really excited I made the final team, I take hockey really seriously and I think this will be fun.”


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