Hansford celebrates England debut

Courtney Hansford
Courtney Hansford

FELPHAM’S Courtney Hansford is celebrating after making her international hockey debut.

She played a series of matches against an Ireland under-17 team at the national sports centre in Lilleshall.

Hansford has been training with the England under-16 squad since Christmas and was delighted to get a run-out for the national team.

She started playing hockey at Westbourne House School, Chichester, and spent several years at Chichester Hockey Club. More recently, she has been training and playing at East Grinstead.

Later in the summer, she hopes to be picked to play in Germany and Belgium and will start training with East Grinstead’s ladies first team, who recently were promoted into the national league.