Top hockey international Giselle Ansley is set for a return visit to the University later this summer.
Devon’s Ansley was the star attraction at Plymouth Marjon Hockey Club’s youth and junior awards evening which filled the 250-seat Desmond Tutu Theatre with more than 120 youngsters and their families.
University of St Mark & St John lecturer in Physical and Coach education Jamie Oxley said: “Giselle actually made two visits to the University.
“She presented awards and signed autographs at the awards evening after an hour-long fun coaching session on the hockey pitch.
“Then she came back to play in a summer league game with our mixed development team on the following evening. She was very popular and a great ambassador and we can’t wait to see her back here later in the year.”
Jamie is head coach at the University-based Plymouth Marjon Hockey Club, where 22-year-old Giselle began playing as a 12-year-old before a meteoric rise to the England and Great Britain women’s international stage.
Giselle is due to return to the University along with England centre forward Tom Carson – currently at hockey’s World Cup in Holland - for specialist junior hockey coaching camps in late August.
Meanwhile Jamie is busy preparing for the next BIG hockey event at the University, next week’s Primary Schools Hockey Festival.
The annual festival – featuring teams from West Devon and East Cornwall - is widely recognised as the biggest primary schools hockey event in the country and will be staged at the University’s purpose-built hockey pitch next Thursday June 5 and Friday June 6.
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