Jersey Hockey player Jenna Volpert has been selected into the Wessex Leopards squad of the England Hockey Futures Cup for the second year.
Following a Coaching and Assessment weekend in May arranged by the Jersey Hockey Association for the Deutsche Bank Development Programme, 17 year old Jenna Volpert will be playing for the Under 18s Wessex Leopards team for her second England Hockey Futures Cup. The event saw English coaches assess the young players with a view to some of them progressing to further sessions in the UK that could eventually lead to an England assessment.
Locally Jenna plays for the Jersey College for Girls First Team, Quackers Hockey Club and represents the Island Ladies 1X1. She also participated in last year’s Irish and English National Championships. Jenna trains with the One Foundation on their strength and conditioning programme and is also helping to coach youngsters on the Deutsche Bank Development Programme.
The Futures Cup competition, which takes place from 31st October to the 3rd November, aims to give younger players first hand experience of an international tournament environment. The Under 18s age group will play a round robin competition over the three days followed by classification matches in the fourth day.
Andreas Tautscher, Chief Country Officer from Deutsche Bank, said:
‘The Deutsche Bank Development Programme is all about encouraging budding young players like Jenna to develop their skills and gives them the opportunity to progress to the next level. To have been selected to play in the Futures Cup two years in a row is a tremendous achievement and really highlights the success that can be realised through participation in a structured programme. ’
Shelagh Herbert, for the Jersey Hockey Association, commented:
‘The Coaching and Assessment weekend in May provided a pathway for talent identification and has helped with this opportunity for Jenna for the second year in a row. She is a talented and very dedicated player who is constantly improving through training and her attention to detail. Jenna is a great role model for all our players within the Development Programme.’