Mill Hill hosts South African hockey aces

The London independent school offered the side training facilities and accommodation before they headed to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games

A London independent school has been playing host to the South African men’s hockey team ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

Mill Hill School welcomed the team on 14 July, where they remained in training for 10 days before heading to Birmingham to take up residence in the Commonwealth Games village for the remainder of their stay.

The team begin their quest for gold with an opening game tomorrow (30 July) against New Zealand.

“We cannot thank the school and its amazing staff enough for accommodating us and providing a tremendous facility for our training camp,” said a spokesperson for the South African hockey team.

“They have gone out of their way to make sure our needs are provided for. The team has been provided full room and board in Collinson boarding house [and] given access to the hockey training facilities, as well as the gym for conditioning and recovery sessions.”

The South African team’s relationship with Mill Hill did not end when they began heading north. Instead, an ongoing collaboration will see the school’s hockey players, coaches, players, goalkeepers and video analysts offered coaching clinics by their international-standard guests.

Pic: The South African men’s hockey team take time out from preparing for the Commonwealth Games

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