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Thursday, 19 September 2013
Bolton School Boys’ Division Year 11 pupil, Matthew Potts, has been selected to represent the North of England at Hockey, as the U17 goalkeeper.
Matthew was selected following trials at Weetwood in Leeds. The trials went well and he was the only keeper not to concede a goal.
Matthew’s interest in hockey began as a lunchtime activity in Year 8, having never played before. This led to a place as goalkeeper in the Bolton School team, and two months later he attended Lancashire Hockey Trials and was invited to play for the Preston U16 team. During his first season Matthew was awarded ‘Most Improved Player of the Year’ and in his second season was voted ‘Team Player of the Year and ‘City of Preston Hockey Club Player of the Year.’ During the 2012/2013 season, Preston U16s reached the Indoor and Outdoor National Finals.
Matthew has now progressed to play for one of the Senior Preston Hockey Teams as the second XI Mens’ senior goalkeeper, playing in the Northern Mens’ League Division One. He also represents Lancashire at County level.
Matthew said: “I have been invited to participate in the Tier 1 Cluster Competition days representing the North of England. If successful this will give me the opportunity to play at the England Hockey board High Performance Centre (HiPAC) where selection for England National Age Group Squad is decided. One of my ambitions is to play hockey for England.”
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