England aces put on Fareham Hockey Club coaching 'masterclass'
Fortunate Fareham Hockey Club players were recently put through their paces and provided the chance to pick the brains of England internationals past and present.
Both junior and senior club members were treated to a ‘masterclass’ coaching session led by England and Great Britain Olympic gold medalist Lily Owsley and recently retired international star Ollie Willars.
Fareham players worked on a variety of skills under the watchful eye of the England pair before being allowed the opportunity to quiz both Owsley and Willars in a Q & A session.
The masterclass proved incredibly popular with around 100 payers from both senior and junior sections taking on board tips from the pair who've enjoyed exceptional careers.
Owsley, who joined a Zoom call with Fareham's girls under-14s team in the first lockdown, was part of the GB Women's team who won gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
Defender Willars, who collected 138 England caps across a fine career, recently announced his retirement from the game and has now set up a coaching and mentorship programme 'Give & Go' offering personalised mentoring in the sport.
He won gold with his country Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and was a familiar face for Fareham having played against them for Beeston in the Tier Cup final.