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No goals or astro: How a state school hockey team was set up and won first match

East Grinstead's Hannah Cozens wanted to join a state school and give children without immediate access to hockey a chance to thrive

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Jamie Jubert
Jamie Jubert
Worked as a regional journalist for the past three years, having previously reported on rugby and cricket.

The divide between provision of hockey in state and independent schools is stark, making the achievement of Thamesmead’s Geography teacher, Hannah Cozens, even more remarkable. 

Having only joined the Surrey school in September, the teacher and Wales international set her sights on creating a hockey club from scratch. 

Within six months, the newly-formed team dispatched a side put out by Salesians, a school where hockey has long been well-established. 

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