Another fine group of winners



Chris Proctor and sponsor Richard Higgins


The Higgins 18-and-Under Player-of-the-Year for Boys was awarded to CHRIS PROCTOR of England champions Beeston.

Only back from the Junior World Cup just in time for the presentation, Chris said: “I am very proud to have won this honour, and I would like to thank the Higgins Group and the Hockey Writers for this award and also Mark Wadsley, head of coaching at Trent College and a Beeston team-mate, as well as the Beeston head coach Matt Taylor and his MT13 coaching company which have helped my game a lot with lifestyle and philosophy. Also, of course, my Mum and Dad for all their support.” Chris is pictured having just received his award from sponsor Richard Higgins of the Higgins Group plc.



Rebekah Walker and Mr Higgins

The Higgins 18-and-Under Player-of-the-Year for Girls was awarded to REBEKAH WALKER of City of Bath College and Team Bath Buccaneers.

Becky thought the highlight of her year was taking part in the UK School Games. She said: “It probably sounds silly, but I absolutely loved it, going round the Olympic venues before the actual London Games, watching the athletics in the Olympic Stadium and using the new Olympic pitches at the Old Loughtonians' ground. I was in the England Pumas and we won silver and it was the first time I had experienced a multi-sport event.”

Becky was vice-captain at Bath Buccaneers. She is now studying Sport and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam University and is playing for premier division club Beeston. Becky is pictured with sponsor Richard Higgins.




Jack's father with Richard Higgins

The Higgins 16-and-Under Player-of-the-Year for Boys was awarded to JACK TURNER, a pupil at Sir William Borlase School studying Maths, Physics, Chemistry and History. Jack chose hockey as his game, over football, when he was 10, and joined Marlow Hockey Club who had a strong junior section. Top performances for Jack have been in winning the U-18 national indoor title with the school and of being named captain for England U-16s last year. He said: “Captaining the U-16s is probably my best memory team-wise. I couldn't quite believe it when I got the England kit. I tried it on straight away and never looked back.” Unfortunately, Jack was unwell for the awards function and unable to attend. His father stood in for him and received Jack's award from sponsor Richard Higgins (pictured).



Alice Wills and Richard Higgins

The Higgins 16-and-Under Player-of-the-Year for Girls was awarded to ALICE WILLS of the Queenswood School, Hatfield, Herts and Old Loughtonians HC. Alice started as an eight-year-old at Southgate under coach John Shaw and with a scholarship to Queenswood progressed to the Loughtonians' first team. Alice said: “My mentors at Queenswood were Jo Wakeley and Maria Merrigan who have been a big influence on my progress as well as the Loughts team, where I am loving it.” Alice was part of Old Loughts' team who were runners-up at the National Indoor finals and placed third in the National Outdoor finals.

An unusual fact about Alice: “I am related to Elizabeth Fry, who is on the back of the £5 note.”