Futures Cup all set for action!

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From Thursday of this week, the crème de la crème of up and coming talent will gather at Chase Park, Cannock for this year’s Futures Cup Competition. With 16 teams of both male and female players across the under 16 and under 18 age groups all ready to do battle, it promises to be a great showcase of what the future holds and a fantastic spectacle for the supporters and players alike.

Futures Cup is the chance for players to put themselves on show with all the best players in the country for their age group. With the national coaches keeping a beady eye on proceedings, it’s a great chance for the stars of the future to stake their claim for a place in one of the National Age group squads, and from there, who knows? The sky’s the limit!

Part of what Futures Cup is about is preparing the players for what senior international level might be like. With so many games in a short amount of time it’s a step up in intensity and a glimpse into the punishing schedule the likes of Kate Richardson-Walsh and Ashley Jackson face in the senior squads.

The games give rise to some unbelievable skills, some incredible team play, fine goalkeeping and plenty more besides. The competitive nature does not take away from the camaraderie and friendships a lot of these players forge during the weekend’s games. The Saxon Tigers are defending their Boys’ U16 title and both boys’ and girls’ U18 trophies whilst the Mercia Lynx come in to try and keep hold of the girls’ U16 crown it’s all to play in this action-packed tournament.

Sally Mapley, England Hockey’s Single System National Manager said:

“The Futures Cup is a really exciting tournament for all of us at England Hockey and for the players, coaches, umpires and supporters. I hope the competition provides all the players with some great lessons and experiences and who knows? We could be looking at some of our future stars this very weekend. I’d like to send thanks to all those that help make this event so special and good luck to all competing.”

With the stage now set, it is time for the stars of the future to step up and take their chance to shine, maybe even taking another step on the path to being the next Barry Middleton or Sophie Bray.

Now entering its seventh year, the Futures Cup will once again be held at Cannock Hockey Club in Staffordshire from Thursday 29th October – Sunday 1st November. There is no entry fee to watch the tournament but spectators should be aware that there is a parking charge of £2 per day or £5 for the tournament.

Click here to view the players who will be on show at the Futures Cup.