Kimbolton hockey star Francesca Wilson signs up for first team action at Leicester

14:26 02 February 2014

Francesca Wilson is about to break into the Leicester first team.

Francesca Wilson is about to break into the Leicester first team.

Archant

Francesca Wilson, a student at Kimbolton School, has been registered to play for one of England’s top hockey teams.

Following two successful seasons turning out for Leicester’s under-18s and seconds, the 16-year-old centre half and right inner who lives in Brampton has signed first team forms for the National Premier League club and hopes to make her debut soon. And she has loftier ambitions, too.

“I’d love to progress towards an England trial this season, or maybe next,” she said. “And I am aiming for a British university that plays in the national league or a US university with a sports scholarship.”

Ben Mills, Kimbolton School’s professional hockey coach, said: “Francesca has been an integral member of our first team this season at Kimbolton. She is clearly an outstanding athlete and has consistently put in excellent performances.

“Perhaps, most significantly though, is she is a fine role model for the other girls. She displays an exemplary attitude to training and matches and she really represents what can be achieved by dedicating yourself to a task.”

Wilson, who started playing hockey in Year 3, was selected for the east region’s Junior Regional Performance Tier 1 squad last year and has since played a key role in Leicester’s progression to the quarter finals of the National Under-18s Cup.

Away from hockey she has also represented her school at netball, athletics, cross-country running and tennis. She gained seven A*s and two As in her GSCEs and is now studying English literature, 
geography, government and politics and mathematics at AS Level.

In the Leicester first team Wilson will play alongside Hannah MacLeod, the former St Ives hockey player, who won a bronze medal playing for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.


0 comments

More news stories

Cheetahs at Hamerton Zoo Park

Hamerton Zoo Park has issued a warning to visitors, after a member of the public climbed a barrier to get closer to the cheetah enclosure.

10:30
Medway Centre, in Huntingdon.

After years of negotiations, Huntingdon Town Council has voted to agree a deal between the authority and Huntingdonshire District Council for the exchange of buildings that will allow for redevelopment of key sites.

Dr Nik Johnson has announced he will stand for the role of mayor of the devolved authority for Cambridgeshire.

A doctor from Hinchingbrooke Hospital has announced his candidacy for the newly created position of mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Firefighters rescued a dog that was stuck in a rabbit warren in St Neots

Reports of people calling the emergency services to help animals are increasing, according to figures from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Get your skates on this winter and enjoy one of the UK's most stylish open-air ice rinks nestled amongst the trees in Parkers Piece Park in the heart of Cambridge

Set in the heart of vibrant Cambridge, The North Pole Cambridge Ice Rink is back throughout the festive season; come and join us as we open from the 18th November through to 4th January.

Read more

Most read stories

Local business directory

Cambridgeshire's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hunts Post e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up