England Hockey and Great Britain Hockey Performance Director David Faulkner to leave post

Following seven and a half years of dedicated service David Faulkner has decided to leave his position as Performance Director with England Hockey and Great Britain Hockey at the end of 2012.

David Faulkner, Performance Director, England Hockey and Great Britain Hockey

David Faulkner

David has given his all to the role since he joined England Hockey in 2005, leading the national teams through their most successful period in more than two decades.  During his time in charge, he has led England’s men’s and women’s teams from world rankings of 11th to their current positions of fourth and under his leadership Great Britain won its first Olympic medal in 20 years this summer.

During his tenure England and Great Britain have won medals at the World Cup, European Championships, Commonwealth Games, Champions Trophies and most recently the Olympic Games. Highlights have included the England men winning the European Championships for the first time in 2009 and silver at the Champions Trophy in 2010, and the Great Britain women winning silver at the Champions Trophy and bronze at the Olympic Games in 2012.  Continue reading →

England U-16 and U-18 Boys and Girls vs Belgium Results and Reports

England’s Under-16 and Under-18 Boys and Girls played three test match series against their Belgian counterparts. At Antwerp, Belgium Under-16 Girls won the series 2-1, while same age group Boys’ series was tied 1-1 with one draw game. At Canterbury, England, Under-18 home-sides won both Girls and Boys series 2-1.

England U-16 and U-18 Boys and Girls vs Belgium Fixtures and Results:

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Date Fixture and Results
Sunday 1 July England U16 Boys v Belgium 1-2
Sunday 1 July England U16 Girls v Belgium 0-3
Sunday 1 July England U18 Boys v Belgium 1-0
Sunday 1 July England U18 Girls v Belgium 6-0
Monday 2 July England U16 Boys v Belgium 1-1
Monday 2 July England U16 Girls v Belgium 2-3
Monday 2 July England U18 Boys v Belgium 4-7
Monday 2 July England U18 Girls v Belgium 3-0
Tuesday 3 July England U16 Girls v Belgium 4-1
Tuesday 3 July England U16 Boys v Belgium 4-1
Tuesday 3 July England U18 Girls v Belgium 0-2
Tuesday 3 July England U18 Boys v Belgium 3-0

Reports:

July 3: England U16 Girls v Belgium 4-1: ENGLAND Under-16 Girls secured a 4-1 victory over Belgium in the final clash of the three-match Test Series in Antwerp on Tuesday. Continue reading →

Team GB Men’s Hockey Squad Selected for London 2012 Olympics

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has announced today the 16 players who will represent Team GB in men’s hockey at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The men’s hockey squad has risen consistently up the world rankings since the Olympic Games were awarded to London back in 2005.  At the time, they were ranked 11th in the world. Since then the players have demonstrated huge progress to reach their current world ranking of fourth.

At the last Olympics in Beijing Team GB narrowly missed out on a place in the semi finals and finished the tournament in fifth position. At London 2012 they will have their sights firmly fixed on reaching the medal matches at the Riverbank Arena in the Olympic Park.

The selected athletes are: name (age; hometown; current club):
Nicholas Catlin (23; Marlow, Bucks; Reading)
Jonathan Clarke (31; Southend-on-Sea, Essex; Reading)
Matthew Daly (28; Surbiton, Greater London; Surbiton)
James Fair (31; Chester, Cheshire; Cannock)
Daniel Fox (29; Godalming, Surrey; Hampstead & Westminster)
Ben Hawes (31; Lewes, East Sussex; Wimbledon)
Ashley Jackson (24; Tunbridge Wells, Kent; East Grinstead)
Glenn Kirkham (29; Chelmsford; East Grinstead)
Iain Lewers (28; Belfast, Northern Ireland; East Grinstead)
Iain Mackay (27; Braintree, Essex; Reading)
Harry Martin (19; Ipswich, Suffolk; Old Loughtonians)
Barry Middleton (28; Doncaster, South Yorkshire; East Grinstead)
Robert Moore (31; Winchester, Hampshire; Surbiton)
Richard Smith (24; Portsmouth, Hampshire; Loughborough Students)
James Tindall (29; Virginia Water, Surrey; Surbiton)
Alastair Wilson (28; Sheffield, South Yorkshire; Beeston) Continue reading →

Hockey enjoys participation boost

Almost 27,000 more people playing hockey according to latest statistics

Friday, 22 June 2012: In an exciting year for hockey in England, the sport received a boost today as it was revealed that the number of adults playing hockey increased by almost 27,000 in the past six months.

The statistics form part of the Active People Survey released by Sport England and reflect the trend that the England Hockey Board has seen in its affiliation figures since 2007, in which adult affiliation has increased 14% and young people by 18%.

The increase is credited in part to the early impact of a host of programmes introduced by the England Hockey Board since the last quarter of 2011.  Rush Hockey, the sport’s casual 5-a-side format, and Back to Hockey sessions for women have been well received and well attended while the sport’s Hockey Nation Olympic engagement programme has seen hockey ‘out and about’ at public events across the country. A milder winter is also thought to have encouraged more people to play than in recent years. Continue reading →