Talented teenager Josh Dent got his first taste of international experience as he represented Great Britain’s College squad.
The 17-year-old, of Coddington, played two matches against Wales under-18 and a match against England under-16.
He was one of 22 players who made it through national trials at Cannock.
The former Newark Hockey Club player, who is now with Boots Hockey Club, said it was an eye-opening experience.
“The atmosphere was good,” Dent said. “It gave an insight into how the international set-up operates.
“We played at the National Institute of Sport in Wales and at Loughborough University.
“Everything was so structured. It was a great experience and the first time I have played any kind of international fixture, which was a real step up.”
Dent was able to have a go in a new position.
“I played a different role to the one I would usually at my club,” he said.
“I play as a forward or on the left wing (at Boots), but I was a centre half in front of the defence, which gave me a different perspective on positions.
“I also enjoyed being on short corners. It was great to be in the team environment.”
Dent played his part in a 3-1 victory against Wales, which was followed by a 4-2 defeat.
The match against England saw the college struggle for players, with the team having the minimum 11 at the end. However, they ground out a creditable 1-1 draw.
Dent, who is taking a four-week break to recover from a knee injury, will next be in action against Scotland under-18 in Edinburgh in July.