Twelve-year-old Moredon resident Michael Stratford is the only Swindon player to have been picked for England’s under 13s ice hockey squad and his family are seeking sponsorship to support his trip to the international Peewee tournament in Quebec in February.
Michael’s Dad, Mark Stratford is ‘chuffed to bits’ with his son’s success. “It’s going to be the biggest ever Peewee event, with 16 countries taking part. We’ve already bought our flights over there, but the trip is entirely self-funded and Michael still needs equipment.”
The family are working hard to raise £2,500, which included a charity curry night at the Bombay Lounge on 18 November, and a 24 hour puck shot challenge in Manchester on 27 November.
The young player, who has to keep up with school work at Nova Hreod, has a gruelling training regime between now and February, involving weekly travel to training rinks in Guildford, Coventry, Manchester and Sheffield, sometimes involving an eight hour round trip.
Training takes place on Friday nights, from 10.30pm to 12.30am, which is the only time that the rinks are available for squads to practice.
“This is Michael’s biggest ambition ever,” said proud dad Mark. “He’s a good lad who works hard in training and always listens to his coaches. It just goes to show what you can achieve if you just keep working.”
To sponsor Michael on his journey for England, mail Mark: email@example.com
Pictured: Michael with Hanif Robani at the charity curry night on 18 November