Higgins Group Youth and Junior Awards winners

Charlotte Calnan in Surbiton action

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.

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 one of the England and Great Britain U-21 goalkeepers 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.

Girls, Youth (18 and under)
Charlotte Calnan who 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 Women’s Cup. She has also won an U-18s bronze medal with England in the Europeans in Santander in August this year.

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 Santander and was in the U-21 team which won the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia.

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."

Roll of Honour

UK YOUTH AND JUNIOR AWARDS 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 Higgins 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

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

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