England Hockey Performance Centre for BMS Players 15 October 2020

Three talented Bedford Modern School athletes have been selected to attend the England Hockey Performance Centre in Northwood for the 2020/21 season. Only players who consistently demonstrate strong skills are invited to Performance Centres, and these young women have done just that.

Mia Dunkley, in Year 10, has been playing in goal for Bedford Hockey Club and Bedfordshire County for the past three years and will now attend the U15 Northwood Performance Centre following her successful selection.

Sophia Warren, also in Year 10, continues her journey with England Hockey Performance Centres, having been selected from the pool of players from seven counties in the East Region to the U17 girls’ squad which is a significant achievement for a player of her age. Sophia plays for Southgate Hockey Club U16 Girls and Ladies 2nd and 3rd XI teams at Bedford Hockey Club.

Also selected for the U17 age group is Year 12 student Lucy Willis, who explained: “I have been playing hockey since I was three years old with the Juniors at Bedford Hockey Club. I was selected for the Bedfordshire County U13 squad when I was 11 and two of my proudest moments were captaining the County team to wins in the Eastern County Finals Day at U13 level in 2017 and U17 level in 2020.

“I was selected to attend the Northwood Regional Performance Centre in 2018 and again this year where I am proud to be representing my school, club and county in the squad again.”

Mr Benjamin, Head of Hockey said: “It is fantastic news to hear that three BMS students have successfully been selected for Performance Centre. Their commitment to hockey both in and out of school is second to none and I know they will benefit from the opportunity to train in a highly competitive environment. Good luck to the girls as they continue their hockey career.”