Crutchley names England Squad for World Cup

13 May 2014:  Ahead of the 2014 Rabobank World Cup, which runs from 31 May – 15 June, England Men’s Head Coach Bobby Crutchley has named his squad of 18 athletes to travel out to The Hague in the Netherlands.

England & GB Captain Barry Middleton set to become most capped player (Credits: Ady Kerry/England Hockey)

England & GB Captain Barry Middleton set to become most capped player (Credits: Ady Kerry/England Hockey)

All of England’s matches will be shown live on Sky; the first game will be against Spain at 16:30 (UK time) on Saturday 31 May.

Returning to the 18 man squad is Wimbledon’s Henry Weir who has recovered from an ankle injury which kept him sidelined for several months; the defender made his return against the Netherlands last week. Reading’s Dan Shingles has also kept his place in the squad following an injury-free period which has seen him make good progress both in training and recent matches to impress Crutchley.

England captain Barry Middleton will make his 200th appearance for England on Thursday when his side faces the Netherlands in Dusseldorf at a Four Nations World Cup warm-up tournament. Following that game Middleton will only need three more caps to become the most capped England & GB men’s international player of all time with 308 appearances – surpassing Russell Garcia, who previously held the record at 307. Assuming he plays in England’s next four matches he will achieve this feat against Australia at Bisham Abbey on 24th May. Continue reading →

Terry Expects to show Improvement in Hero Hockey World League

9th January, 2014, New Delhi:  On the eve of Hero Hockey World League Final, India‘s Head Coach Terry Walsh said he would be expecting the team to show improvement in the tournament in terms of physiology, tactics, mental strength and sticking to basic skills in under pressure situations. As the visiting teams gear for year opener, while looking forward to use their off-time to explore Indian Heritage. (HWL Schedule Here)

Indian Hockey Team for Hero Hockey World League Final (2014) in New Delhi

Indian Hockey Team for Hero Hockey World League Final (2014) in New Delhi

He said “we will be evaluating the team on the improvement that they have shown in the League and how well the team handled the pressure during the tournament. We have put a training methodology in place which helps us evaluate the players psychologically keeping each ones individual performance as well as collective efforts as a team. This tournament will help us see if the boys will be applying the techniques that they have learnt over the training sessions with them”. Continue reading →

England men’s squad named for Hockey World League Semi Final in Johor Bahru

Friday 28 June: Ahead of their first game tomorrow England Men’s Head Coach Bobby Crutchley has named the final 18 athletes for the FIH World League Semi Final in Malaysia. The competition takes place from 29 June – 7 July 2013 and features eight top class international teams including Olympic gold medallists Germany.

Simon Mantell in action for England (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

Simon Mantell in action for England (Credits: Ady Kerry / England Hockey)

England have been drawn in Pool B and will face South Africa tomorrow – Saturday 29 June – at 14:00 (UK time). Ranked at number four in the FIH world rankings, England will be favourite on paper to top their group, but they will no doubt face tough opposition from Pakistan, South Africa and hosts Malaysia who sit at 5, 12 and 13 respectively.

There is plenty at stake for Crutchley’s side as a top three finish will guarantee England a place at next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague. Continue reading →

Coaching trio appointed to England Hockey performance team

Jon Bleby, Craig Keegan and David Ralph appointed as assistant coaches

Wednesday, 13 March 2013: Following a comprehensive external recruitment process, England Hockey is delighted to announce that Jon Bleby, Craig Keegan and David Ralph have been appointed to the role of assistant coaches to work with the England men’s and women’s squads.

England Hockey LogoIn a slight shift away from recent practice the three new appointments will see Bleby, Keegan and Ralph working across both the men’s and women’s squads for the 2013-2016 Olympic cycle. The trio will join Karen Brown to complete the assistant coach team and together they will support head coaches Jason Lee [women] and Bobby Crutchley [men]. Continue reading →

Bobby Crutchley Appointed Men’s Hockey Head Coach of England

Crutchley to step up after two Olympic campaigns as Assistant Coach

Tuesday, 27 February 2013: England Hockey is delighted to announce that, following a comprehensive external recruitment process, Bobby Crutchley has been appointed to the role of head coach of the England men’s team. Crutchley, 42, has been an assistant coach to the senior men’s programme since 2005 and was part of the Great Britain coaching staff at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. He succeeds Jason Lee who was recently appointed as head coach of the senior women’s squad.

Bobby Crutchley, Head Coach England Men's Hockey Team (Photo Credit: Treeby Images - Grant Treeby)

Bobby Crutchley, Head Coach England Men’s Hockey Team (Photo Credit: Treeby Images – Grant Treeby)

As Head Coach of the men’s programme, Crutchley will be responsible for the selection, preparation, coaching and performance of the England and GB teams and senior national squad, and the teams’ results in international competitions. The position will see the former Bath Buccaneers and University of Bath coach lead the programme for the 2013-2016 Olympic cycle taking in the 2013 and 2015 European Championships, the World Cup and Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. His first major tournament in charge will be the FIH Hockey World League semi final in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, from 29 June – 7 July. Continue reading →