Charlotte’s an inspiration

Hockey star Charlotte Hartley with pupils from West Craven
Hockey star Charlotte Hartley with pupils from West Craven
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Former international hockey star turned mentor Charlotte Hartley gave an inspiring and motivational speech to Year 10 and 11 PE students.

Charlotte worked with a group of Year 10 and 11 girls who are studying GCSE PE at West Craven.

She focused on team and confidence building skills with a strong focus on communication within a team; achieving this through a variety of team building sporting activities in the school gymnasium.

The students then went into the classroom to learn about mental toughness, performing under pressure, a hunger to achieve, people skills, sport life knowledge, breaking barriers and planning for success; before going back into the gym to complete a challenge set by Charlotte which put their newly acquired skills into practise.

Charlotte also presented a special assembly to Year 7 and 8 students to which Charlotte’s former PE teacher, Lil Dykes from Mansfield High and her sports injury therapist Ginny Wilson were invited.

Charlotte was one of the youngest players selected to represent England in the 2006 Commonwealth Games where the team won Bronze on penalty flicks.

The following year, Charlotte won Gold at the Junior Olympics as a member of the Great Britain Youth team.

Other international tournaments that Charlotte has participated in include the Junior World Cup and the KT Cup. Charlotte now works as an athlete mentor for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, working on a wide range of programmes.