HOCKEY: Thurrock Hockey Club’s recent club day saw 18-year-old Nikhol Chapman presented with a Jack Petchey Achievement Award.

The first team member has only been playing for the club for a short time but already has shown total committment, being available for all matches and always attending training.

Using her own initiative she has enrolled on coaching and first aid courses. During the summer she hopes to qualify as a Level 1 hockey coach and be awarded a ‘Proud to Coach - Children Award’.

Any Level 1 hockey coach who completes the ‘Proud to Coach - Children Award’ will be certified by England Hockey to coach 5 to 12 -years-olds independently.

Nikhol’s coaching courses have been fully funded by Thurrock Sports Council.