The Hockey Writers’ Club recently announced the Higgins Group Youth and Junior UK Players of the Year for 2015, with Cranleigh’s Charlotte Calnan taking the award for the U18 Youth Girls. Presentations will be made at the Annual Awards Presentation Lunch on Wednesday 20th January 2016 at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knightsbridge.
Mr Richard Higgins, Chairman of the Higgins Group plc, will make the presentations and Leandro Negre, President of the world body, the FIH, will also be in attendance at the function. The judging panel could find very little between the nominations and were very impressed with the high quality of the players on show at the clubs, the schools championships at Lee Valley and the Futures Cup at Cannock where potential winners were seen playing.
Charlotte is in the upper sixth and has had a consistent career so far; she was selected for the England U-21 squad last November and she has been a double winner with the Surbiton club for two years running, having won the Investec Premier Division and the Investec England Hockey National Cup. She also won an U-18s bronze medal with England in the European Championships at Santander in August last year.
Harry Gough (UVth) completed a fine Cranleigh showing by being awarded 3rd place in the Boys’ U16 category.