‘Being the best isn’t always the end product’ - England hockey player joins a Norfolk school as their newest PE teacher

Hannah Godfrey, Hethersett Old Hall School's newest PE teacher.

Hannah Godfrey, Hethersett Old Hall School's newest PE teacher. - Credit: Archant

For the last few years she has competed for England. Now, a Norfolk sportswoman will pass on her experience to children in her new role as a teacher.

Hannah Godfrey, a former England hockey player and a Youth Olympics competitior, joined Hethersett Old Hall School last month as their newest PE teacher.

Miss Godfrey, who will teach students from nursery age up to year 13, said she loves the job, but added that it feels 'non stop' at the minute.

'I think if you are patient and you want to get the best out of them you will do well,' she said.

The 24-year-old started playing sport at the age of eight and, since then, has shown her talents in a number of fields, including county netball and national rounders.

After graduating from Brunel University with a degree in sports and exercise science, Miss Godfrey followed in her language teacher dad's footsteps and took a job at the independent Norwich School.

Although she said there are differences betwewen playing and teaching sport, Miss Godfrey, who was born in Ipswich but now lives in South Walsham, believes her experience enables her to better relate to her students.

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She said: 'It is so different but I think it is good because you can understand the kids so much more.

'I find it fun and exciting. I like the theory side, looking at the msucles in the body. It's funny - I'll show the kids an animated picture of a heart and they're disgusted by it!'

When Miss Godfrey turned 15 she joined the first team at Ipswich Hockey Club. She the went on to play for England for five years.

Miss Godfrey said she hopes her 'have a go' approach to sport will rub off on the pupils.

She said: 'Hopefully we will have more clubs and opportunities to play sport. I want to teach them that being the best isn't always the end product.'

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