GB star in school visit

Great Britain hockey star Sarah Thomas will be the guest of honour at Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth on Thursday.

The visit comes as part of a nationwide programme, the Hockey Nation, which will see British Olympic hockey players visit events involving more than 450 secondary schools over the next two months.

The Come and Meet sessions will give thousands of youngsters across the country the chance to try In2Hockey, a version of hockey for 10 to 14 year olds, ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer.

Sarah Thomas, a member of the Great Britain hockey team preparing for the Olympic Games, will host an In2Hockey coaching session before answering questions in a specially arranged Question and Answer session at Anthony Gell School. She explained: “I started playing hockey at school so it’s fantastic to be able to return to the playground, to meet the kids and speak to them about their sporting ambitions.

“The Olympic Games was always a massive inspiration to me growing up and if I can help inspire the next generation and recruit some new fans of hockey in the process then that would be great!”

Sally Munday, chief operating officer of Great Britain Hockey, which is behind the Hockey Nation programme, said: “The vast majority of people who play hockey took it up at school and we recognise the vital role school sport plays in children’s development.”