28 Nov 2014

On Monday 17 November Prior Park College welcomed Karen Brown, England and Great Britain Women’s Hockey player and coach, to lead girls across all year groups in a Hockey Masterclass.

Karen won a Bronze Medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and is the most capped female hockey player in the world. She is a role model to all hockey players, especially women looking to forge careers as coaches in sport beyond their careers as players. Karen is currently the Team GB Women’s Assistant Coach and won a Bronze Medal as a coach at London 2012.

The Prior Park senior and junior girls enjoyed the coaching sessions immensely and they made real progress in a short period of time. First XI Girls Hockey Captain Katie Braithwaite commented: “I feel inspired by the Masterclass and it has definitely given me the drive to develop my skills as a player further.” The Masterclass was a great experience for the Prior Park Hockey players. “The girls really benefitted from the words of wisdom that Karen offered regarding all sport being a fun experience from which the desire for self-improvement through increased fitness and refinement of skills can spring” said Head of Academic and Curricular PE, Mrs Lori Redman.

Karen’s coaching commitments mean she works a demanding schedule, and she will soon be accompanying the GB Women’s Hockey Team on tour in Argentina. Headmaster Mr James Murphy O’Connor said, “We would like to thank Karen for her time and her support of the hockey players at Prior Park College. We are immensely proud of our Sports teams and their future prospects look very bright indeed.”