The England Hockey Masters fields a number of different teams for men and women over the age of 40 and beyond.
To get into the England Masters teams Emma had to successfully pass several trials. She said: “I play for a club called Trojans in Southampton, and one of the players there was playing for the Masters team. She said I should go for it, and hence my old age, I did. I went to the trials, got selected into the squad of 16, and now I’ve got lots of tournaments lined up.”
She played in her first tournament in the Channel Islands, and she has just got back from the Home Nations tournament in Wakefield. She and the England team won the tournament, defeating Ireland 4-1, drawing with Scotland 0-0 and beating Wales by the impressive margin of 8-0. In August she will compete in the Euro Nations tournament in Essex, playing Italy, Wales, Spain, Holland, Scotland and Ireland.
Next year, Emma will have the opportunity to go on tour to Australia, and she is also excited at the prospect of playing at Lee Valley, the Olympic hockey pitch, this summer.
Commenting on what it’s like to be playing for England, Emma said: “It’s like being twelve again. The first tournament I was really apprehensive, but I soon got into it. I was one of the two or three new members of the squad, and I’m really settling in now. This is usually my R&R time but now I’m very glad to be busy with lots of training.”