First ever residential GDST U14 Hockey Rally held at the Royal High School, Bath

At the end of November, The Royal High School, Bath, played host to Under 14 hockey teams from 16 GDST schools for a Trust tournament. There were so many girls, games were played across Bath in a competition that lasted for three days.

The 260 girls in attendance were also lucky to welcome Alex Danson, part of the Gold Medal winning GB Hockey team at Rio last summer. She spent time coaching the teams during the day on Saturday and then spoke to the girls as a whole group in the evening.

hockey pitch at dusk

Alex is a truly inspirational speaker, and talked at length about the importance of hard work and her own journey to success as well as her experiences of Rio 2016, and the incredible achievements she made with her Gold Medal winning team this summer.

The very awe-inspired girls queued up for photos and autographs at the end of her talk!

A wonderful weekend was had by all. Our thanks go to Sarah Penny and the Sports Department at the Royal High School for organising a superb tournament, and to all the staff at the school being such brilliant hosts and looking after all the girls so well.