13-year old Harry Gulliver has become the Okanagan Hockey Academy’s latest recruit, joining the programme after impressing Head Coach, Peter Russell.
The forward, who has gained club experience with the Romford U14’s and U16’s sides has also featured at South East Conference U11’s and U13’s levels as well as or the England U13’s and has his sights set on a crack at the professional game.
"My long term goals would be to play hockey for as long as I can and to make it as a professional and I’m hoping that Peter and his team will be able to help me achieve my aims," Harry said upon joining the Academy.
"I know the programme is going to be very demanding and I’ve been continuing with my club side and doing lots of swimming during the summer in order to help me prepare and I also have a hockey camp that I will be attending in order to keep my fitness levels up ahead of the programme starting.
"I want to develop into a fitter, more talented and skilful player and at present I train late into the evening which affects my schooling, so this programme is the best thing I’ve ever seen. It will allow me to train with the other players before school gets underway as well as at other beneficial times so that our schooling does not suffer. I’ve met some of the other players and can’t wait to begin."
Indeed, the enthusiasm of the hard-working youngster was among the stand out traits of the player that Peter Russell saw and the coach added: "I have watched Harry a few times at the Conference weekend and at the U16’s Nationals in Sheffield and he impressed me in many areas.
"His strong work ethic and his willingness to win battles in all situations stuck out for me and he plays with a big heart.
"During the OHA Open Day I got to work closely with him and I really liked what I saw as a player and a person. He mixes really well with his peers and he has strong communication skills for someone so young."
Concluding, the boss said: "I’m delighted to welcome Harry to the OHA programme, and will be excited to watch him develop to new highs throughout the course of the programme.
"He is hard working and puts the team first and the areas he will be covering with us will be great for his development."
To find out more about the OHA(UK) please call 01973 886 857 or go to the website www.hockeyschools.co.uk.