HWHC U16 players Raphael and Mathilde were nominated by the club to attend a Young Leaders Conference at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre during the recent Women's World Cup.
They were treated to a lunch, followed by inspiring presentations by BUCS (British Universities and College Sport), current GB and England ladies captain Alex Danson MBE and retired former GB and England player, Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE.
After networking and sharing ideas and opinions with different hockey departments - communications, umpiring, coaching and volunteering - the leaders worked in groups to look at the future of hockey with a Dragons’ Den style challenge. The groups then presented their ideas to the current Directors of England Hockey.
The conference was followed by complimentary tickets to watch Women's World Cup matches, Spain vs Belgium and Argentina vs Holland.