With the first of the 2015 (KUGB) Grand Slam Competitions this Saturday, Chelmsford's England Squad members are clear on the expectations of their Coaches both at Club and International level.
Emma Burke, Eric Austin-Coskry, Jack Hillsden, Jamie Lottering and Teah Pope will all travel to Chesterfield ready to compete for England against teams from Eire, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. They are fully aware of the standard of competition and opposition they will face as a number of both current World and European Champion will be taking part.
Photo: Five for Fighting - Chelmsford's England Squad Members (L-R) Jamie Lottering, Jack Hillsden, Teah Pope, Eric Austin-Coskry and Emma Burke
Yesterday, they were in the Chelmsford Dojo working hard with Sensei Jane and Richard Naylor-Jones as they prepare for Saturday. They were also joined by their England colleague Jack Somers. Jack who is now with Ipswich Higashi is both a European and World Gold medalist and, as a former member of Chelmsford, regularly travels from Ipswich to train with us. The final preparation for the event will take place just prior to Saturday’s competition when they will meet up for England Squad Training with the England Coaches.
Sensei Jane, a former KUGB British Team member for many years said “To be selected for the England Squad is an honour. However, this is only a first step, you then need to consistently demonstrate a high level of determination to reach the high standards expected to compete successfully internationally. Each and everyone of our Squad members has the potential to reach this standard and we will support them along their journey. They will all be keen to perform to their best on Saturday and impress the England Coaches as they bid to gain selection for both the World and European Championships later this year.
Photo: Grand Slam - Some of Chelmsford's Young Tigers show the Flags of the Teams for the KUGB Grand Slam - England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
We wish all of them the very best not only for Saturday's competition but throughout 2015.