I was six when I started at Belper Hockey Club. I have Irish parents and my Mum was a hockey player too, coaching me at my primary school where she was a volunteer. But it was at Belper where the sport took off for me.
I played all my junior hockey there and I also owe a lot of my career to the club coach Tim Barlow. He took loads of different camps and the amount of detail that was instilled in us at a very young age was incredible. He almost fed us into the senior teams. And that was a vital process for me as I was playing against adults from the age of 14 at weekends. A lot of girls who go to private schools simply don’t get that.
It meant that I wasn’t just a big fish in a small pond at our school.
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