Seaford leaver Mats Grambusch has been awarded his first international cap. Seaford College student and European hockey ace Mats Grambusch is celebrating gaining his first senior cap after playing his first full international match at the age of only 18.
Mats, who played regularly for East Grinstead 1st XI – one of Britain’s top clubs – while he was a student at Seaford College, played for Germany against teams from Pakistan, England and The Netherlands in the Four Nations Tournament in The Netherlands, where he was named the most promising young player in the tournament.
Mats, who found himself playing opposite some of his former team mates at East Grinstead in the tournament, played well against Pakistan and was credited with setting up the German goal when the team played against The Netherlands.However, despite Germany being the reigning Olympic champions, they were beaten into third place 3-2 by England, the current European champions, with The Netherlands taking top slot and the winless Pakistani team coming in fourth.
The tournament, which took place in Amstelveen in June, meant Mats missed Seaford’s annual Speech Day and prize giving when he was awarded the Proops Cup for Outstanding Achievement in his absence.
Seaford College Headmaster Toby Mullins said: “Mats is an outstanding hockey player, with not only talent but an agility and ambition which makes him a delight to watch in action.”
Mats, 18, joined Seaford College in September 2009 on a two-year subsidised hockey scholarship and immediately began making headlines in the region. Only a month after joining Seaford, he played for the East Grinstead Indoor Team 1st XI in the English Hockey Premier League where he was awarded a national gold medal when the club won the Premier League for the fourth year in succession.
Whilst still in the Lower Sixth, he played for the German U21 team in the European Nations Tournament – a great achievement for one so young. Earlier this year, he was instrumental in helping East Grinstead reach the finals of the Super Sixes contest, before a crowd of 5000 at the iconic Wembley Arena, being beaten by Beeston only on penalty strokes.
The Grambusch family talent was spotted when Mats’ elder sister Pia came to play on Seaford’s stunning pitches during an Exsportise summer camp in 2005.
Mr Mullins said: “Both Mats and his sister Pia before him demonstrated a remarkable talent for hockey at a very young age. Here at Seaford, we have some of the best hockey facilities in the country and, working alongside East Grinstead, we have been able to offer both Mats and Pia assisted scholarships which allowed them to develop their talent and gain an excellent education in an English boarding school at the same time.”
Pia, who now plays for Germany U21s and her home team of Rot Weiss Koln, is in the German Senior Squad and, come 2012, could well be the first Old Seafordian to participate in the Olympics. Mats is now hoping to attend a German University.