Jacob Heaton-Rue enjoys success as part of UK Lions squad
3rd September 2016

A talented Hockey star at Rydal Penrhos has boosted his credentials as part of a national squad this summer.

Jacob Heaton-Rue, a Year 10 pupil at the school, was awarded a call-up to the UK Lions squad after impressing during a trial as part of the North Wales U13 side.

It has been a busy summer for the 14-year-old with the squad, where he has been part of a tour of Sardinia and Scotland, which was used as part of the U16 NAG selection process, in addition to contests in Belfast where Leinster.  

The pupil is following in the footsteps of some big names, with Barry Middleton and Harry Martin amongst the players who have gone on to represent Team GB following their experience with the Lions.

Father Derrick Heaton-Rue, said: “Jacob has had an amazing year, hopefully this will inspire the next generation to try and do the same in the same way it has inspired him to work towards representing Wales this year.”

The Lions were founded in 2003 from the UK U13 Boys Regional Festival of Hockey Championships, where these talented boys and their parents from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

The objectives of the UK Lions is to offer great opportunities, to develop hockey skills, to play high quality hockey and offer their hand of friendship to everyone at home and abroad.

Director of Sport Allen Boyd, added: “This is a fantastic achievement for Jacob and one that is sure to propel him on to new heights in the future.

“We are confident he is going to be a huge asset to us here at Rydal Penrhos, and we look forward to developing his skills considerably during his time here.”


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