Macclesfield hockey player receives England call

Billy Hedley in action

Macclesfield hockey player Billy Hedley has been called up to represent England at under-18 level.

The Manchester Grammar School pupil will attend a training camp  at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, which gives players their first taste of international training camps and tournaments.

Involvement on the programme will include exposure to a series of training days, training camps and international competition.

In addition, players will also have access to a series of regionally delivered training and competition dates via their allocated Performance Centres, both environments bringing together talent from across the nation and regions respectively.

Billy could then be selected to represent the England Under-18s at the Biennial Six Nations Tournament and training camps and matches against Holland, Ulster, Scotland, Germany and Belgium.

Billy was called up to the camp after outstanding performances in the Futures Cup and School Games.

Futures Cup is an exclusive hockey event taking place at St Albans Hockey Club, while the School Games is a multi-sport event at Loughborough University where the hockey teams are split into three England sides. Billy was one of four captains for England and ultimately helped his side win the competition.