Teenage hockey sensation joins national talent camp

RISING STAR: Francesca Tew
RISING STAR: Francesca Tew

Rising hockey star Francesca Tew was put through her paces at the Youth Sport Trust’s National Talent Camp.

The 17-year-old from Edwardstone, who has played for England’s under-18s side, was one of only 90 athletes selected from across the country to learn what it takes to become an Olympic and Paralympic champion at the four-day camp in Loughborough University.

She said: “The National Talent Camp has really helped me to appreciate other sports besides hockey.

“I had a go at cycling and learnt that cyclists have a very different training environment – theirs is very intense, while in hockey it’s more technical and tactics focused.

“Hopefully I’ll pick up some of their habits, such as their incredible motivation, and take them away with me.”

The young athletes at the camp were supported by Hannah Cockcroft, London 2012 double Paralympic gold medallist, who said: “The National Talent Camp is a great opportunity to form new friendships and these talented young athletes have a great opportunity to get a taste of what it takes to be an elite sports performer.

“It’s been fantastic to see everyone learning from each other and trying different sports – I’ve especially enjoyed getting involved in wheelchair basketball and seeing some of my own friends here who I’ve competed alongside.”