Ben Fox battles back from injury to score at Copperbox, Olympic Park

Eastbourne College | 6 Feb 2019 | ISC Icon HMC Icon
One to watch, Eastbourne College's Ben Fox continues to impress as part of the England Hockey's U18 squad. One of the youngest competitors and having only recently recovered from a broken leg, he scores in semi-finals of Super Sixes at Olympic Park.
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England Hockey hosted the Jaffa Super-Sixes Men’s indoor hockey finals at the Olympic Park on Sunday and one of the youngest players in the tournament, Eastbourne College pupil Ben Fox (just 17 years old), played for Sevenoaks. The top eight teams had been playing off over the Christmas period to earn a place in the finals. Ben played superbly scoring one of the four goals against Surbiton in the semi-finals but alas it wasn’t quite enough to see them into the final.

Ben continues to feature prominently on the hockey scene, playing for his school’s 1st XI under the watchful and experienced eye of his coach, Director of Hockey and ex-Olympian Rob Hill. He also plays for Sevenoaks 1st XI in the highest division of domestic hockey (Premier National League) and often finds himself marking a GB player.

Rob Hill, who has 40 caps for Great Britain and helped the GB team place sixth at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, says that, ‘Ben has a great balance of positional awareness, skill, sportsmanship and teamwork. The College’s consistent record of hockey achievement is down to players like Ben and a strong, supportive coaching and pastoral framework.’

In Year 10, Ben was selected to the U16 England training squad and earned six caps at that level playing against Germany and Belgium. He continued to represent his country and now, after a year recovering from a broken leg, has retained his place again, making it into the final U18 England squad of just 25 players. He will be travelling to Lilleshall, the national sports centre over half term to play in a series against Ireland.

Selection for Sevenoaks at the Men’s Super-Sixes indoor hockey finals (and scoring under pressure) is one more step in the right direction for Ben as he balances school with elite sport commitments. We wish him all the best and give him and his family our full support.

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About Eastbourne College

Eastbourne College is fortunate to be stunningly situated on the edge of Eastbourne, yards from the sea and the glorious South Downs National Park. Students can flourish in this wonderful setting with access to a safe town centre that allows them to become more independent but without the concerns or restrictions of isolated rural or urban schools. With around 620 pupils in the school, it is very much a community rather than an institution, where every child is known extremely well. Boys and girls, brothers and sisters, day pupils and boarders are totally involved in a school that believes wholeheartedly in co-education and a flexible boarding offer. Recently, the College's learning environment has been enhanced enormously by the completion of a £33 million redevelopment called Project 150 (see below for more detail).

The headmaster, Tom Lawson, believes that the most important aim is to produce good people who other people want to be with. Furthermore, he is a proponent of the blue health that the school's location offers, adopting a healthy learning for the future approach. Since he began his headship, he has introduced a new boarding lodge which caters for day pupils with occasional boarding needs, an annual biathlon / steeplechase which encompasses the South Downs National Park, and has furthered the work of the Eastbourne Schools Partnership, a community outreach project that accounts for 14,000 local school-children in the maintained sector. In July 2018, Mr Lawson and Head of Partnerships, Linda Salway, received the Education Business Awards Community Award, on behalf of Eastbourne College, for outstanding community partnering work.

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