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Proud Pippa earns North East call-up

Proud Pippa Lucas was left beaming after she was selected for Team North East at the UK Regional Hockey Championships 2022.

The 11-year-old, who plays for Driffield Hockey Club, has been chosen in a squad of 18 players for the Under 13s, meaning she will be playing alongside and against players a year older than her.

Pippa, who lives in West Lutton, attended North East trials recently and made it through two rounds of selection to make the final cut.

She will meet up with her teammates on Saturday 26th February for the first of five training sessions between now and the championships which will be held in Nottingham over the weekend of Friday 15th to Sunday 17th July.

UK Regional Hockey Championships see the best junior players come together, including from all four UK countries, to earn regional supremacy.

From there, those who shine will be picked for the UK Lions team.

Pippa comes from good hockey stock, with her mum also representing Driffield Hockey Club, as well as her brother, Jack, who last year captained the boys Under 13s to the semi-finals of the same championships.

Dad Colin said that his daughter was in disbelief when she received confirmation and added that it was a fantastic opportunity for her.

He said: “Having got through the initial trial, she attended the second session of 28 players.

“Being a year younger than the rest, as she isn’t 12 until July, we thought that would go against her since she is eligible next year too.

“She received a letter with confirmation through the post, which I thought was fantastic in this day and age.

“A text or email could easily have been sent out, but instead a letter was addressed to Pippa and we were waiting anxiously all day for her to come home from school to open it.

“Kids don’t receive letters these days, so she was excited to open it and almost in disbelief when it read that she had been selected for Team North East.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for her and something which probably wasn’t available 20 years ago.

“Girls and women’s sport is thriving right now and Pippa also had a trial for Yorkshire Cricket Club having played for the Under 12 girls team at Driffield Town Cricket Club.

“The whole family is so proud of her and we will be going down to Nottingham to cheer her on in July.”

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