Loughborough Students Hockey Club are celebrating the continued success of alumnus Ed Horler and current student Luke Taylor, as both received their first senior caps for Great Britain this week.
Luke’s appearance took place in the opening match of a three match test against Germany, where the GB boys secured one draw and two losses (5-3, 3-3, 5-2). Taylor certainly made his debut in style, scoring a goal in the opening match after a year riddled with injury. Horler then made his debut a day later in Tuesday’s 3-3 draw.
Both Horler and Taylor were selected to join the England Hockey centralised programme in January of this year after impressing the coaches at junior level. They have since been balancing their studies alongside their training programmes and it comes with great success. Whilst Horler graduated from Loughborough University in July, joining a long list of successful graduates from the club including Ian Sloan and Chris Griffiths, Taylor has continued to juggle a demanding programme with travel to and from Loughborough for his academic commitments.
Also flying the flag for Loughborough Students Hockey in Germany this week was alumnus Henry Weir who celebrated his 50th cap for Great Britain after a stellar career on the pitch.
Loughborough Students Head Coach Jerome Goudie was keen to share his delight in the boy’s achievements;
“It is fantastic news that Luke Taylor, of Surbiton, and Ed Horler, of Wimbledon, have gained their debut Great Britain Senior caps out in Germany this week. They have been key players for Loughborough over the last few seasons and, with their inclusion in to the Centralised programme, a step further forward in their development. For Luke, it comes after a tough year of injuries and to score on his debut is reward for some hard work. We wish them all the best and look forward to following their progress.”
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