Fifth Form pupil Ellis Robson has been acknowledged by the Hockey Writers’ Club for his performances in the sport and has subsequently been awarded the Higgins Junior Award for the 2018-19 Season. This is a huge honour for Ellis, with previous winners including; Maddie Hinch, Alex Danson and Liam Sanford to name but a few. The awards ceremony was held at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in Knightsbridge, with accolades ranging from Services to Hockey to Junior and Senior Players of the Year, so Ellis was certainly in good company.
The Higgins Junior Award recognises not only the exceptional hockey talents on show for U16 players, but also considers the player’s personal qualities and the potential for future development. Ellis has been exceptionally committed to his ambitions in hockey and this award is further justification of the sacrifices and decisions that he has made over the years.
Ellis has been a valuable player through both the Preparatory School and the Senior School, has played for both the indoor and outdoor squads; frequently representing teams well beyond his age group, such is the strength of his game and the impact that he has on his team around him.
As a key member of strong squads throughout his time at Dean Close, Ellis has played in many National Finals and these experiences, alongside playing men’s hockey for his club Cardiff Met (previously Cheltenham Hockey Club) in the National League, have certainly supported his aspirations to play for England. Ellis has represented both the England U16 and U18 England Hockey teams and as a fifth former, he is playing for the U18 team two years young.
Director of Sport, Greg Baber-Williams said, “Ellis works exceptionally hard to balance all of his commitments with the club, school and representative hockey, as well his academics in what is a very important year for him. He is exceptionally well supported by his family and the coaches and staff at school and we are extremely proud of his recognition for a hugely competitive award. I am sure that he will use this reinforcement to further challenge himself over the coming years.”