Olympic medallist passes on her skills to club players

STAR ATTRACTION: Laura Bartlett (back centre), wearing her Olympic bronze medal, with Sudbury Hockey Club youngsters
STAR ATTRACTION: Laura Bartlett (back centre), wearing her Olympic bronze medal, with Sudbury Hockey Club youngsters
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Sudbury’s budding hockey players were put through their paces by Great Britain’s Olympic bronze medallist Laura Bartlett on Sunday.

The club’s season-starting registration day took on special significance as the player who has more than 50 caps for her country, including playing in both the Beijing and London Olympics, gave youngsters a coaching masterclass at Great Cornard Sports Centre.

More than 100 children were in attendance to have their photograph taken with the special guest who had made the journey over to Suffolk from London.

As well as joining in with the coaching teams to give the youngsters some tips from the top, Bartlett spent time signing autographs for club players young and old, as well as allowing many to don her London 2012 bronze medal for pictures with her.

The club’s junior organiser, Katie Clark, said: “Sudbury Hockey Club are massively indebted to Laura for giving up her Sunday to come and make the day so special for the junior section and having listened to many of the children and parents leaving at the end of the morning it would appear they will all be talking about the day for some time to come.”

The club wished to add their thanks to Henderson Global Investment for 
helping to arrange Bartlett’s special appearance.

The day was led by 
Sarah Wordley and featured sides from under-10s up to under-14s with additional coaching from Alastair Ward, Paul King and Mark Dudley.

Junior coaching for both boys and girls will now run on Sunday mornings until the end of March.

n Sudbury Hockey Club ladies section recently held their second annual open day with a great mix of new, old and current players.

The day featured fun matches and a barbecue.