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Teams join up as Pumas

The Emmanuel Schools Foundation Pumas prior to setting off on tour to Scotland.

The Emmanuel Schools Foundation Pumas prior to setting off on tour to Scotland.

The best young hockey players from three sister schools have teamed up to take on rivals across the border.

Girls from Bede Academy in Blyth, and Emmanuel College in Gateshead, were joined by players from Trinity Academy near Doncaster, to form the Emmanuel Schools Foundation (ESF) Pumas.

Each year a fresh Pumas squad goes on tour to play independent schools around the country.

This year’s team headed to Edinburgh for two matches against Dunbar Grammar School and North Berwick High School.

Natalie Winchester, PE teacher at Bede Academy who organised the tour, said: “We had trials back in October with around 30 girls putting themselves forward.

“It was a good confidence boost for the girls.

“They will meet some stiff opposition in Scotland as both teams are from private schools and North Berwick has some Scottish national players. It will be a challenge but also a very good test for our girls.

“At Bede our Year 10 girls are one of the strongest teams we’ve had.”

 

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