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Olympian Visit Inspires Hill House Pupils

Olympic gold medal winner Hollie Pearne-Webb visited Hill House School last week to offer training and advice to students.

Hollie, who famously netted the winning penalty for the GB Team at the 2016 Olympic Hockey Finals, brought along her medal to inspire and motivate the Hill House pupils.

After conducting a training session with the Year 7 boys and girls, Hollie took the time to talk to our promising and enthusiastic hockey players. She talked about the hard work that went in to achieving her life long ambition as well as the importance of studying for a career alongside her training, Hollie has a degree in Economics from the University of Sheffield and is a qualified accountant. The pupils were delighted to get the opportunity to get up close and personal with Hollie’s gold medal, a huge inspiration for those wanting to take their sport to the next level.

GCSE and A Level pupils enjoyed a question and answer session with Hollie, discussing training programmes, how to avoid injury and what impact winning an Olympic gold medal has had on her life.

Hollie was then back out on the pitch for a skills session with more of our elite hockey players, who relished the chance to learn from the best.

The younger generation were also delighted to meet an Olympian when Hollie opened the afternoon session of the In2Hockey tournament that was being hosted at Hill House School. Year 5 pupils from schools across the South Yorkshire area had their photo taken and hockey sticks signed.

Hollie said, “‘I had a fantastic day at Hill House School last week on a Squadkit ambassador visit meeting lots of enthusiastic students, teachers and coaches that are clearly passionate about sport. It’s great that Squadkit provides such opportunity to their partner schools, not only focusing on providing high performance sportswear to schools but also supporting and inspiring the next generation of athletes. School sport is so important for the development of any youngster and it was fantastic to see the facilities and programme Hill House run.’

Director of Hockey, Mr Ross, said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for our young players to learn from someone who knows what it takes to achieve their dream. We are so thankful to Squadkit for arranging this visit with Hollie. They share our passion for encouraging students to achieve their sporting goals and I know that today has been a real inspiration for our pupils.”