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King’s School Chester PE teacher Simon Egerton earns return to England hockey team

A KING’S School PE teacher is celebrating after being picked to return to the England hockey squad.

Simon Egerton, who has been in scintillating form this season for Beeston Hockey Club, has been selected to play for the national team in the International Super Series Hockey 9s tournament, which begins today (Thursday) in Perth, Australia, before competing in the upcoming Men’s Champions Trophy in Melbourne.

He said: “I am extremely proud to play for my country again, but more importantly to be back in the fold after a few years out with injuries and getting my teaching qualifications.

“To come in to a squad that is fourth in the world rankings after an Olympic cycle will be tough, but it is something I cannot wait to do.

“I played professionally in Australia for a year, so I am also looking forward to getting back over there and hopefully carrying on the same form that I have shown in the league this season.”

Over the October half term, King’s School pupils had the opportunity to take part in a two-day coaching course run by Simon Egerton and fellow PE teacher Russell Hornby.

Adam Dixon, England and Great Britain international player, and his brother Sam Dixon, a junior international player, also came along on the day to help with the coaching.

Adam has also been selected for the England squad in the upcoming Champions Trophy, while Simon, Adam and Sam all play for Beeston Hockey Club who are currently top of the National Premier League and compete in the European Hockey League (EHL).

The Champions Trophy will be televised by the BBC in December.

Simon has scored 17 league goals for Beeston Hockey Club this season, 10 more than anyone else.

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