A 14 year old Felixstowe based hockey player has been recognised by national governing body England Hockey for his selfless contribution to the club and his dedication to hockey.
Kyle Beckett, who attends Felixstowe Academy, has been shortlisted in the ‘Rising Star’ category at this weekend’s England Hockey Awards which will be held on Saturday 20th May in Leicester.
Kyle was also given the Kyle Donnelly Award at the Felixstowe Hockey Club end of season awards which were held last week at the Orwell Hotel. This award is given to someone who ‘encapsulates the spirit of the club both on and off the pitch’ in memory of local player Kyle Donnelly who passed away in 2011.
Kyle played a huge part in the men’s 3rd team gaining promotion this season, but also stands out due to his willingness to coach the youth players on a Saturday morning, umpire both senior and youth games, train three times a week, undertake coaching courses, represent Suffolk at u-16 level and he also led his u-14 team to top the England Hockey youth development league too this season.
FHC Chairman Jeremy Rennie said: “Kyle thoroughly deserved to be given the award of his namesake – they both represented the true spirit of our club and were loved and respected by all members of all ages and abilities. Kyle Beckett dedicates his life to hockey and it is so heart-warming to see someone so young so passionate about not only playing, but coaching and umpiring and giving something back. To be shortlisted on a national stage is a huge achievement and we are very proud of and excited for Kyle this weekend.”