Sports Scholar selected for North of England Hockey training!

Posted by nats2 at Jan 19, 2017 10:35 AM |
Find out about Hockey player, and Silver Sports Scholar, Abigail McLindon's success so far this academic year

Sports Scholar Abigail McLindon running

With Leicester recently being named the UK’s Greatest Sporting City of 2016 by ESPN; it is no surprise that the University of Leicester’s own sports programme has enjoyed a fantastic start to this academic year. Team Leicester, the collaborative name for the University of Leicester sports clubs, is currently sitting in its highest ever BUCS position as we await the restart of the season following a well-deserved winter break. However, it is not only team success that we can celebrate so far this year but also individual success. Silver Sports Scholar, and member of the University of Leicester Ladies Hockey Club, has recently been selected for the North of England U21 Hockey training.

Sports Scholar Abigail McLindon and opposition

We took some time to speak to find out a bit more about Abigail’s playing history and get some insight on her recent success:

‘I’ve been playing hockey since I was about 6 years old. My love for the sport developed through my school who taught us how to play the sport from a young age. My school, Liverpool College, had close connections with a team called Liverpool Sefton who helped me to progress as a player from the age of 6 to leaving the club at the age of 18. With the connections that my school and my club had I got selected to play for Lancashire at the age of 11-17 which lead to me playing for the North West in JRPC tournaments. As I reached open age I was also selected to play for Lancashire ladies, and developed with my club to play in the Investec league (2nd highest league you can play in). Through the Lancashire set ups I was selected to train in the North of England development squads at the age of 14 however due to insurance I couldn’t train with the squad, however, once I was old enough to be insured I was invited to train for selection in the North of England squad for the past two years, with last year being my first year of playing for the squad against Scotland.’

How did you get selected for the North of England U21 training?

‘Selection for North of England occurs through the county setup with counties from across the North playing against each other, it’s a gruelling tournament playing with and against age groups from 16-21. The section process is tough and out of 100 girls only 40 get put through to the training set up Due to playing in the North of England squad against Scotland last year I was automatically put through the programme this year to start training in the hope of being selected for the playing squad again.’

What is the next stage of the selection process?

‘The next stage of the process is the playing squad, after 8 weekends of tough 6 hour day trainings, the squad of 40 gets narrowed down to 20 who train together for another 3 weekends. After this process team selection is chosen with only 16 girls being allowed to travel to play against Scotland and Wales.’

What are your playing aims for 2017?

‘My playing aims for 2017 are to continue captaining the University team and continue our run in the cup and hold our positon in the league. Looking at the North of England programme I hope to be selected for the playing squad again and travel to Wales and Scotland to play against their teams. Through the university I also help to progress into the English Universities set up and progress into the English Universities playing squad.’

How has the scholarship programme helped you to achieve success?

‘The scholarship has helped me by giving me the access to the gym facilities allowing me to push and improve my own personal fitness. A further aspect of the scholarship programme I have extremely benefited from is the link to physio therapy, I am prone to injuries therefore the funding the scholarship has given me to meet with physios has prevented injuries so far this season allowing me to have more game and training time this year compared to other years when I have suffered from injury.’

We wish Abigail all the best of luck with the selection process and hope she can continue to pay credit to the University's exclusive Sports Scholarship programme.

Sports Scholar Abigail Mclindon back

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