An Advanced Level Sports Science student and Elite Athlete at Burnley College Sixth Form Centre is getting closer to her dream of representing the Great Britain team in hockey tournaments across the world.
Lucy Daye (16), a former pupil at Unity College, has been training and competing alongside some of the country's top young hockey players in national contests.and is on course to be one of the country's top players.
As a member of the Elite Athlete programme at College, Lucy receives additional support in strength and conditioning, as well as sports psychology and nutrition, making use of the state-of-the-art fitness testing lab and equipment at Fitness Evolution, the College's on-site fitness centre, alongside her studies.
Lucy has been playing hockey for 12 years and has represented teams in Clitheroe and Blackburn, as well as being a member of the Lancashire and North of England teams and selected for the England Hockey pathway. She also trains during the week with the Academy of Sport female football team at College, under the guidance of ex-Burnley FC player Gerry Harrison.
She said: "Being on the Elite Athlete programme at College has really helped my strength and endurance and I've noticed it's really made a difference to my game. My stamina has really improved and I'm able to give my best performance on the hockey pitch. The Elite Athlete programme works well as I get to use the specialist equipment at Fitness Evolution so I can really tailor my training to make it more effective and I get help and advice from former professional athletes who work there."
With her goal of representing Great Britain in hockey at the Olympics, Lucy is planning to study Sports Psychology at university after finishing her Advanced Level Sports Science course at Burnley College and is also considering a career in Sports Psychology.
Ashley Alderson, manager of Fitness Evolution and one of the UK's only Master Personal Trainers, said: "As a College, we're committed to ensuring that Lucy gets every opportunity to achieve her dream of representing Great Britain at the Olympics and are providing her with the expert support and guidance she needs.
"Our Elite Athlete programme is second to none and is tailored to each individual's needs, backed up by some of the very best facilities in the area and some of the top names in professional sport, each with their own specialism.
"It is the ideal way to combine your talent and passion for your chosen sport with your studies in a College that has been rated outstanding by Ofsted."