Higgins Group, Hockey Writers' Club youth and junior awards

Presentations to be made at gala lunch in London
Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
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The Hockey Writers’ Club is pleased to announce the 2015 winners of the Higgins Group  plc Youth  and  Junior Awards with the presentations to be made at the Annual Awards Presentation Lunch on Wednesday 20th January 2016 at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knightsbridge. 

Mr Richard Higgins, Chairman of the  Higgins Group  plc, will  make the presentations. Leandro Negre, President of the world  body, the FIH, will be in attendance at the function.

The UK Players of the Year for 2015 will also be announced at the lunch.

There has been a terrific standard of entry and the judging panel could find very little between the nominations. They were very impressed with the high quality of the players on show at the clubs, the schools championships at Lee Valley and the Futures Cup at Cannock which augurs well for the future of the game in this country.


Youth, Boys  18 and Under

1 – Toby Reynolds-Cotterill; 2 – Euan Gilmour; 3 – Peter Scott

Youth, Girls  18 and Under

1 – Charlotte Calnan;  2 – Holly Munro;  3 – Holly Hunt

Junior, Boys  16 and Under

1 – Josh Pavis;  2 – Lucas Ward; 3 – Harry Gough

Junior, Girls  16 and Under

1 – Ellie de Heer; 2 – Lottie Ross;  3 – Nicole Bowen

Boys, Youth (18 and under)
Toby  Reynolds-Cotterill,who made  his  mark  with  the England U-18 side, is now the England and Great Britain U-21 goalkeeper as well as a member of the senior England indoor squad. Toby, now at Loughborough  University, was part  of the GB side  that  won gold  out in Malaysia at the televised Sultan of Johor Cup. In last year's U-18s, he was the highest capped goalkeeper playing a total of 11 internationals. In the European Championships  in  Santander  in  July, he  was  awarded  Goalkeeper  of  the Tournament. He is from Bath, attending Colston's Collegiate (Bristol), King Edward's School, Bath, and Millfield  School in Somerset. He was part of the Bath Buccaneers squad that won the West Conference and came third at the premier league play-offs. When he was 15 he was offered a place at the then premier league football club, Cardiff City, in the summer of 2013. He turned it down due to hockey and commitments to his eduction.

Euan Gilmour: At the other end of the pitch Euan is scoring goals. He plays for Cambridge City first team under the guidance of coach Nicky Thompson. He has been their leading goalscorer for the last two seasons. He has 17 caps for England U-16, 11 caps for England U-18 and two caps for England U-21.

Peter Scott: Another delightful player to watch. He played for Reading Men's 1st team for two years, winning the England Cup with them. He is in Team Bath Buccaneers' first team and the University of Bath's first team. He has played for England U-18s for two years and also won gold with the GB U-21s at the Sultan of Johor Cup.

Girls, Youth (18 and under)

Charlotte Calnan is in the upper sixth  form at Cranleigh School,  has  had  a consistent  career  so  far  and  was  selected  for  the England U-21 squad in November. She has been a Double winner with the Surbiton club for two years running, having won the Investec Premier Division and the Investec  England Hockey National  Cup. She has also won an U-18s bronze medal with England in the Europeans in Santander in August this year.

Holly  Munro is at Kingston  Grammar School and another fine member of the Surbiton club. She wants to captain the England U-18s at the Euros in Ireland next July and to play in the U-21 Junior World Cup in November.

Holly  Hunt: Our winner last year, again a player of the highest calibre. Holly switched from Bowdon to the University  of Birmingham this year. Holly had a good start to the 2015/16 season, scoring for UoB in each of her first four league games. After having been part of the U-21 England squad that won bronze at the 2014 European Championships, Holly was made England U-18 captain for 2015 and led the squad to bronze  in  the  2015 U-18 European  Championships  in  Santander. For  2015/16 Holly  is  part  of the Development Programme and GB U-21 squads and has been selected for GB U-21 to play against USA in the USA this month.

Boys, Junior (16 and under)

Josh Pavis is a stand-out player. In 2013 he joined the England U-15 camp a year young. In 2014 he played in all the U-16 tournaments a year young. He helped win the U-16 national outdoor championship. He made his national league debut for Beeston at 15 years old. Last year the Trent College pupil captained England against Holland, went to the Euros with England to San- tander and was in the U-21 team which won the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia.

Lucas Ward: Another fine player. He played for national league Sheffield Hallam in 2014 and at Oakham School joined up with Beeston 1st in the 2015-16 season. He was England U-16's most capped player in 2014-15, joint top scorer and shared the captaincy. He also played with three generations of his family in the 60th Hathersage  v Sheffield  Boxing  Day fixture. Paternal grandfather  played and his parents  met through playing hockey. Brother and sister play hockey as do most of his cousins. Uncle played for England over 50s.

Harry Gough: Another player from the Cranleigh and Surbiton stable. Harry made England U-16s a year early and Surbiton say he was the youngest registered Premier League player. He was a national champion at U-14 level.

Girls, Junior (16 and under)

Ellie  de Heer started at Sunbury HC when she was 10 and moved on to play for Surbiton where she made her first team debut in November 2014. She counts her highlights as going on tour to South Africa, with her school, Kingston Grammar in 2014, and playing with the England U-16 squad this season. "I'd have to say playing in Holland at Easter was the best," she said. "I got Players' Player at the Six Nations which was a great way to end the season."

Kingston  Grammar School's Charlotte Ross also has a superb record with Surbiton. She has captained England and played in all the 2014/15 internationals. She now has a total of 22 caps.

Nicole  Bowen of Shrewsbury High School, then Repton and at the Beeston club has the 2020 Olympics driving her forward. Again another fine player who has had a great year with England.

These Youth and Junior awards are sponsored by Higgins Group plc.

For more information  on the HIGGINS awards please contact: Rod Gilmour,
+44 7779 784 883  rod@gilmourmedia.com

Roll of Honour

sponsored by Higgins

2004 Rebecca Herbert Darren Cheesman 
2005 Nikki Kidd Ashley Jackson
2006 Maddie Hinch Dan Barstow
2007 Sophie Bray Liam Doidge
2008 Alice Sharp Ben Arnold
2009 Sarah Haycroft David Condon
2010 Alice Sharp Andy Bull Harry Martin

From 2011 onwards the Higins sponsorship was increased to allow a Junior (16-and-under Award to be added.)

(Age 18-and-Under)

2011 Martha Baker Joe Sharp
2012 Emily Defroand Luke Taylor
2013 Rebekah Walker Chris Proctor
2014 Holly Hunt Liam Sanford
2015 Charlotte Calnan Toby Reynolds-Cotterill

(Age 16-and-Under)

2011 Joanna Leigh James Albery
2012 Charlotte Daly Conor Caplan
2013 Alice Wills Jack Turner
2014 Lizzie Neal Jack Whelan
2015 Ellie de Heer Josh Pavis