A PAIR of hockey heroines are urging other females to get stuck in as the Tele highlights 'women in sport' week.

Talented teen Raichael Foley is coached by Lauren McInnes at Greenock Morton's Hockey team and the pair hope that by sharing their sporting stories they will encourage other girls and women in the area to get active.

Raichael, 14, took up the sport in primary five and since then she's gone from strength to strength - now being the youngest person play in the team, which competes in the Women's District West Division.

St Columba's pupil Raichael said: "When I was in primary school we got to try hockey with the Active Schools team and I realised I really liked it so I joined the local team.

"I really love it and playing with the women's team has given me real confidence in not just the sport, but other elements of my life.

"I've met lifelong friends and it's a real team game, so the greatest thing is we all help and encourage each other.

"I now also coach the younger players too and it's great seeing how into it they are."

Lauren, 30, has been involved in the sport for most of her life, playing professionally before taking on the coaching position with Ton's team.

She wants young women to know that hockey is much more than just a sport.

Lauren told the Tele: "I've been to job interviews and have been able to mention lots of skills I've learned while playing hockey.

"The sport has not only allowed me to pursue a professional career, but I've been able to coach young people and ladies in the area for the past year, which I love.

"Like Raichael, I've met lifelong friends - when I got married my whole team came to the wedding.

"For anyone considering joining the sport I'd say give it a go, it opens up doors and is an opportunity to have good fun."

*The team train at Clydeview Academy every Thursday and Sunday and you can get more information by emailing lauren@mortoncommunity.net