Fareham teen Charlie Cook takes ‘first step on the international ladder’ with England hockey youth call-up

Fareham teenager Charlie Cook has been named in a 38-player England Under-16 squad for this season’s junior international age group matches.

By Mike Vimpany
Tuesday, 28th September 2021, 2:16 pm
Charlie Crook
Charlie Crook

His selection follows a successful England Hockey Futures Tournament for Saxton Pumas.

Hockey has been in Charlie’s blood almost since he began to walk and run – his father Nigel having been a prominent player for Fareham and, more recently, the team’s coach and manager.

He is also a decent promising all-round cricketer.

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Charlie attends Seaford College in West Sussex, where he is coached by former Great Britain Olympian Ben Barnes, who said: ‘He’s worked really hard, loves scoring goals and is a skilful and direct player.

‘He understands the game well and has a good range of passes too which makes him a dangerous forward, but he can play in the midfield too.

‘It’s the first step on the International ladder but I know he doesn’t want to stop there.”

Barnes, of course, coached Fareham for five seasons before becoming Seaford’s Director of Hockey.