College Hockey Player Joined by Sir Chris Hoy at Elite Sports Event

liam-hockeyHenley College student and hockey player Liam Sanford recently attended an event for elite athletes hosted by Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Ambassador and six-time Olympic gold medal winner Sir Chris Hoy.

Forty two of the fifty SportsAid athletes on SSE’s Next Generation programme had the chance to meet Sir Chris at a training and mentoring workshop held in Loughborough. He commented: ‘I think it’s great that SSE are getting behind future champions and not just looking for a quick fix but creating a genuine relationship, following their journey and taking pride in seeing all these young athletes develop right through to 2018, 2020 and beyond.’

Over the next four years energy giant SSE has committed to support the development of 50 SportsAid athletes on the SSE Next Generation programme. Each athlete will receive funding and mentoring in a bid to help fulfill their full sporting potential and create a living legacy for sport. The commitment underpins SSE’s partnership with Glasgow 2014.

The athletes attended the workshop with their parents or coaches and received expert advice on nutrition, anti-doping, media interviews and how to use social media. They also attended a mentoring session hosted by Olympic silver medalist Leon Taylor with SSE Home Nation Ambassador for Northern Ireland Sally Brown, who competed at the London 2012 Paralympics.

To-date Liam’s achievements include representing England at U18 level and being named player of the tournament in the Four Nations competition and winning the U18 Futures Cup at club level. He added: ‘Receiving this award was amazing as it is not just the monetary gain that is special but also the investment in me over the next year that could help ‘realise’ my ambitions to excel further in a sport that I love.’

This year Liam hopes to successfully complete his College course, win the BCS National Final, continue to represent England U18 and start playing for Bath Buccaneers (National League First Team).