Samuel Wash has been selected to represent the East of England at the Futures Cup; a six-team competition between four regional teams (East, West, South and North) and teams from Scotland and Wales, from which England selectors will choose the England U-16 squad. The tournament takes place from August 22nd in St Albans over 4 days. This selection for the Futures Cup puts Sam as one of the 72 best u-16 players in the whole of the country.
He has also been chosen by the Rotary Club of Felixstowe to receive a £500 sponsorship donation to help towards training and travelling expenses.
Andrew Rowdon from the Rotary Club of Felixstowe said: “We are thrilled to be able to support Sam in his quest to become the first Felixstowe based hockey player to represent England. Sam has achieved so much for his 15 years – and more than any other player in Felixstowe’s history. Sam is also bucking the trend in being state-school educated. He is a proud pupil of Felixstowe Academy and is one of the only players in the Future’s Cup squad who is not from a private school background so we know that this sponsorship will make a big difference to Sam and his family.”
Samuel has been a member of Felixstowe Hockey Club since he was old enough to play the sport. Early on, his parents Darren and Michelle, along with club coaches, spotted that he had a real skill and so particular effort has been put into Sam’s development.
At just 13 years old Sam was selected for the first time to play for the FHC men’s 1st team. He holds the record for the youngest ever player to play for the men’s 1st team He was selected to represent Suffolk and was chosen for a place in the England Hockey ‘elite’ training camps; the only male player from the club in its history.
Off the back his Futures Cup selection, Sam was also chosen as a key member of ‘Ball Patrol’ at the Women’s World Cup held last month at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Sam added: “Being on ball patrol at the Hockey World Cup recently was a highlight, it was brilliant to watch hockey of the highest class and also get to know some of the players I’ll be playing with and against at the Futures Cup. I love hockey, it’s my passion and I want to go as far as I possibly can. Representing Felixstowe and my club whilst playing for England would be a dream come true and I’ll do work as hard as I can to do everything possible to make it happen.”
Sam has recently been chosen by hockey brand Gray’s to be one of their sponsored players – for which he gets 35% off equipment. He is also sponsored by Chamrox Grips and received additional training at JK Hockey.