Helen Richardson-Walsh inspiring the next generation in Norwich

Helen Richardson-Walsh Norwich School
Rio gold medallist Helen Richardson-Walsh visited Norwich on Wednesday where she shared her hockey wisdom to over 100 students across the area at an inter-school tournament. 

Hewett Academy played hosts to schools Jane Austen College, Cromer Academy, Wayland Academy and East Point Academy. The pupils started the day meeting Helen and getting a pep talk from the Olympian before battling it out on the school’s pitch, which they share with Norwich Dragons hockey club. 

Helen Richardson-Walsh students

Helen said to the pupils: “We can’t all be good at everything, but we’re all good at something. You have to work out what it is that you’re good at, and follow it to the best of your ability.”

John Vincent, vice principal at The Hewett Academy, said: “It was a huge privilege to welcome such a distinguished guest to our school and to see so many students from across the region making the most of our fantastic facilities.

“The students found training with Helen really inspiring and have picked up lots of pro tips to improve their game.”

The visit was part of our free teacher workshops scheme we ran post the Rio Olympics. Over the last year we have trained over 750 primary and secondary school teachers across England. 

We will be looking to host most of these free workshops for teachers over the coming year in the build up to the Women’s World Cup being held in London next summer. 

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