From left to right: Team GB hockey players Helen Richardson Walsh, Kate Richardson Walsh, Brett Garrard and Ben Hawes.

Young hockey players from across the Island have been getting the chance to learn from the very best today (Saturday).

Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh, who famously helped lead Team GB to a first ever ladies hockey gold medal in the summer Olympics in 2016, have been teaching youngsters at Smallbrook Stadium in Ryde.

Former Team GB men’s hockey captain Brett Garrard, and international teammate Ben Hawes have also been sharing their skills and coaching tips with the players.

Credit: England Hockey
Kate Richardson-Walsh with her gold medal. Credit: England Hockey.

All four have been taking part in aid of the Phil Selby Memorial Day, which is held in memory of the former Isle of Wight Hockey Club player who passed away in 2015.

The event is also raising money for Cancer Research.

Speaking to Isle of Wight Radio yesterday (21), Leeya Roovis, from the Isle of Wight Hockey Club said she’s been looking forward to it:

“EVERYONE IS SO EXCITED. WE’VE GOT A LOT OF FANS IN THE TEAM, ESPECIALLY OF KATE AND HELEN [RICHARDSON-WALSH]. WE’RE EXCITED TO SEE THEM COACH OUR JUNIORS BUT WE’RE HOPING THAT THEY MIGHT GET INVOLVED IN THE AFTERNOON AS WELL FOR THE ADULT GAMES.”

Young players have had the chance to showcase their talent in games this morning with a friendly senior players tournament also taking place in the afternoon from 12.30pm.

You can see photos of the Team GB stars coaching below.

1. Team GB stars coaching young islanders

2. Team GB stars coaching young islanders

3. Team GB stars coaching young islanders

From left to right: Team GB hockey players Helen Richardson Walsh, Kate Richardson Walsh, Brett Garrard and Ben Hawes.

4. Team GB stars coaching young islanders

5. Team GB stars coaching young islanders

6. Team GB stars coaching young islanders

Images courtesy of hockey player, Jason Heaven-Gandy.

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