Trent College and Beeston HC England age-group hockey prospect, Josh Pavis, has capped a memorable year by being named the national Higgins Group Hockey Writers’ Club Junior Boys (16 and Under) Player of the Year.
Despite being just 16 at the time, Josh featured in every game as Great Britain Under 21s won the prestigious Sultan of Johor International Tournament in Malaysia in October. He also captained England U16s and represented England U18s at the EuroHockey Youth Championships in Santander, Spain last July, shortly before receiving his shock GB U21 call up.
Josh received his award at the Hockey Writers’ Club Annual Awards Presentation Lunch at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knightsbridge on Wednesday (20 January) and follows in the footsteps of former Trent College schoolmate, Chris Proctor, who won the U18 Player of the Year Award in 2014.
Josh, who turned 17 earlier this month and is a Beeston HC’s 1st XI regular, was described as “a stand-out player” by judges, who also recognised his previous achievements in making his national league debut for Beeston at 15 and representing England at least a year young at each level. He was also part of the Trent College team that won the U16 National Schools indoor and outdoor hockey titles for the first time in the school’s history in 2014-15.
Reflecting on the award, Josh said: “It’s been a great year! It’s a huge honour to receive this award, both knowing the other contenders for the award and also the list of previous winners, I feel very privileged.
“This time last year I was preparing for the season with England U16s and I finished the year as a Sultan of Johor Cup champion with Great Britain U21s! Everything has happened so quickly.
“The final against India in Malaysia has got to be the best experience of my life. It was such a different side to hockey that I’d never seen before, from the crowds out there and the noise they made, to the different style of hockey the teams played. Playing with the U21s showed me how physical and fast the game is at that level. There is no time to stop until you’re sitting on the bench, and then before you know it you’re back out on the pitch again!
“Another highlight of the year was winning the National U16 Club Indoors title with Beeston; this national title meant that I was the current holder of all four National titles at U16 level, which was very special.”
Mark Wadsley, Head of Hockey at Trent College, added: “It is a great achievement for Josh and all at Trent College are very pleased for him. It is also an incredible accolade that two Trent College pupils have recently won this prestigious award and credit must go to all the coaching staff at the school.”
The Hockey Writers’ Club was founded in 1972 and consists of a group of writers, photographers, broadcasters and webmasters whose objective is to promote hockey.
Situated on the border of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire in Long Eaton, Trent College and its junior school, The Elms, are flourishing, forward-thinking co-educational schools that strive to prepare pupils for a future that lies in their imaginations. Pupils are integrated into vibrant communities and develop the skills, confidence and resilience to enable them to thrive as exceptional young people and in to adulthood.
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