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GB Olympic heroine set to visit RGS

GB Olympic heroine set to visit RGS

The first week of term will see us welcome a very special guest to the school as Olympic gold medallist Kate Richardson-Walsh comes to the North East.

Olympian Kate won a place in the nation’s hearts last summer as she guided her GB Hockey team to a magnificent gold medal at the Rio Olympics. After a stellar career of 375 caps and 13 years of captaining her country, Kate remains a great ambassador for hockey and women in sport, touring the nation to deliver a number of inspiring sessions to encourage youngsters to get active. Kate will spend the afternoon here at RGS where she’ll host a masterclass skills session with Year 8 students and oversee the inaugural FlickFest, a joint venture between RGS, Newcastle PE and School Sport Service and England Hockey. The event will see five state primary schools (Wingrove Primary, Ravenswood Primary, Walkergate Community Primary, St. John Primary and St. Charles RC Primary) from the Newcastle city borough take part in the festival; learning new skills, meeting Kate and taking part in fun activity-based games.

Ian Kendall, School Games Organiser in Newcastle, believes this is a fantastic opportunity for all those lucky enough to be involved. He said,

“Hockey is currently thriving in our primary schools, with participant numbers at our competitions increasing year on year and the quality on display is both impressive and encouraging.

“Kate visiting the city and spending time with some of our young hockey enthusiasts will only enhance their interest and be something they remember for a long time. After all, it’s not every day you get to spend time with an Olympic Gold medallist and legend of the sport.”

Director of Sport at RGS, Angela Ponton is eagerly anticipating Kate’s visit to the school. She said,

“I’m delighted that Kate is visiting the RGS this September and delivering some invaluable workshops to our staff and students as well as students from five primary schools taking part in FlickFest.

“It’s a real honour to have her visit and a credit to the work the Sports department has put in with England Hockey and the Newcastle School Sport’s Partnership to organise this event.”

Hockey is a leading sport at RGS with both the under 13 and under 11 girls’ teams reaching national finals and competitive weekly fixtures taking place throughout the autumn term. A number of students have transitioned into the England Hockey performance pathway, with 12 currently in regular training at the high performance centre in Durham. 

New RGS Headmaster, John Fern is looking forward to see Kate inspire the next generation of hockey stars. He said,

“Kate’s visit will be one of my first as new Head of the RGS and I’m delighted to be welcoming her to the school.

“I hope Kate’s visit inspires our students, and those from the local primary schools attending, to pick up their sticks and take part in the sport on a more regular basis.

“It’s a tremendous way to start the term and I am extremely proud of the work of the sports department in securing this visit.”

Kate will remain in the North East that evening, delivering One Hockey’s Golden Masterclass from 6pm at RGS. For more information and to book places on this, please visit