‘Resilience is what we want to see’ – GB international guest stars at Prep School Festival

Great Britain and England hockey player Grace Balsdon was a guest coach at our annual Prep School Hockey Festival, and gave an inspiring talk on resilience afterwards.

Over 100 pupils from eight local prep schools attended the event on Wednesday (September 25), with masterclass stations on offer throughout the day before a mini tournament, a question-and-answer session and an autograph opportunity with Grace. 

Speaking in Birley’s Pavillion at the end of the day, Grace said: “I wish I could have had the opportunity to come to something like this when I was a child. 

“It was great to see the way you all performed out there in the tournament. The tournament says a lot about your character as a person. Are you willing to do the tough stuff, when your team is in a bad situation, that makes you a resilient person?

“That’s what your teachers and coaches are looking for. That’s what I’m still doing today, and those are important values that will make you successful.”