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SPORT: Maidstone hockey player Izzy, 15, gets an England call-up

Friday 6th December 2019

AN INVICTA Grammar School student has been celebrating her call up to international hockey.

Izzy Shelley (15), who is in year 11 at the Huntsman Lane school, has been selected for the England under 16s girls' squad.

Izzy, who lives in Bearsted, plays for Holcombe Hockey Club, near Rochester Airport, but also helps out at Invicta as a coach to other students. Her school is more noted for its achievements on the netball court.

Izzy, who can play up front and in midfield, underwent several trials for emerging talent in the sport before getting her call-up recently.

Mum Tracey said: "She's very pleased to have been selected for the squad and there are training sessions up until February before she knows if she'll be picked to play competitively."

She has already caught the eye in the sport at elite club level having broken into the women's national league with Holcombe's first team.

The player is thought to be the youngest to have reached that level aged 15.

The Hockey Paper newspaper described her as a "rising teenage star" and deemed good enough at the end of last season to debut in the Euro Club Trophy.

“It was a rollercoaster, there were a few ups and downs but it has been the best,” Shelley said. “It’s what I always wanted to do and to do it one season aged just 15 was amazing.”

A spokesman for Invicta said:"We are delighted to share with you that Izzy in 11V, has taken part in a number of Hockey Trials and has been notified by England Hockey that she has been selected for the England U16 Girls’ squad. A fantastic achievement!"

At Holcombe, she is in good company as the women's roster includes England international Nicola White, Wales internationals Beth Bingham, Sarah Jones, Rose Thomas, Jo Westwood and Leah Wilkinson, and Scoland international Lorna Cruickshank.