Team GB Olympic gold medallist comes to St Albans primary school

Olympic women's hockey team player Hannah McLeod and coach John Hurst with Skyswood pupils and keen

Olympic women's hockey team player Hannah McLeod and coach John Hurst with Skyswood pupils and keen hockey players Ben Fingland, 9, Chloe Salisbury, 5, Hannah Gould, 8 and Emily Salisbury, 8. - Credit: Archant

Two quick-thinking pupils, who suggested inviting their grandad into school with one of his pupils, struck gold with their school mates.

For Emily and Chloe’s grandad is John Hurst, the current manager and goalkeeping coach of the Gold Medal-winning Olympic GB women’s hockey team.

And when he arrived at Skyswood JMI in Marshalswick where his granddaughters are pupils, he was accompanied by hockey star Hannah MacLeod.

The pair gave the children an insight into life in the Olympic village as well as the chance to get their hands on a real Olympic medal.

Year Five pupil Emily had made wristbands for all the GB hockey team in Rio and they kept them throughout the Olympic tournament which they won with a penalty win over Holland.


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Emily and Chloe, along with many other Skyswood pupils, are members of the St Albans Hockey Club which provides training on Sunday mornings at Oaklands College.

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