Head Coach Lee has selected 29 athletes for the GB centralised training squad.
18 April 2013: As both the men’s and women’s squad settle into their new centralised training programmes this week, Great Britain and England Hockey are delighted to announce the athletes involved in the senior international women’s programme.
Looking to the future – GB and England captain Kate Walsh at the Olympic Test Event (Photo Credit: Ady Kerry / GB Hockey)
Jason Lee, appointed as the new Head Coach of the England and Great Britain women’s team back in February, has named 29 athletes in his squad. With the continued and invaluable support of Investec, specialist bank and asset manager, and National Lottery funding , the coaching team and athletes will spend the next four years preparing for and building up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
After winning bronze at the London 2012 Olympics, 10 medallists return to the side with their sights firmly set on an exciting summer of tournaments and the road ahead. Reading’s Kate Walsh, Alex Danson, Emily Maguire and Helen Richardson; Leicester’s Hannah Macleod and Nicola White; Slough’s Ashleigh Ball; Surbiton’s Georgie Twigg; Loughborough Students’ Laura Unsworth and Bowdon Hightown’s Sally Walton all return to the fold. Continue reading
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.
In 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
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)
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
Tuesday, 19 February 2013: Five members of the England and Great Britain hockey squads have today announced their retirements from international hockey. From the women’s squad, goalkeeper Beth Storry and penalty corner specialist Crista Cullen, both of whom won Olympic bronze at London 2012, have ended their international careers. And from the men’s squad, triple Olympian Ben Hawes, double Olympian Mark Pearn and Ken Forbes have announced their retirements from the very top level of the sport.
Crista Cullen in action for Great Britain (Photo Credits Ady Kerry, England Hockey)
Thanking all five athletes for their contributions to the national team, England Hockey Performance Director Danny Kerry said: “Each of these athletes has in their own ways contributed massively to the national teams. The commitment they have each shown is testimony to their characters. We are very grateful for all they have given to the national teams and hockey in this country. I would personally like to wish them well with their future directions in life and I hope they will retain their links with us and the sport.” Continue reading
Monday, 4 February 2013: England Hockey is delighted to announce that Jason Lee has been appointed to the role of Head Coach of the England women’s team. Lee, 42, has led the England and Great Britain men’s hockey teams as Head Coach for three Olympic cycles.
Jason Lee (Photo Credit Ady Kerry/England Hockey)
After nearly a decade in the role, England Hockey felt that the men’s programme needed fresh leadership and made the decision not to reappoint Lee for the 2013-2016 cycle.
Having applied for the position of women’s Head Coach, and following an extensive recruitment process that drew interest from applicants from across the globe, he was identified as the best candidate.
Sally Munday, England Hockey Chief Executive, explained: “Jason’s wealth of experience is extremely valuable to England Hockey and whilst we feel that the men’s programme needs a change of leadership I was delighted that he applied for the role of women’s Head Coach. There was a strong field of candidates and the appointment panel felt that Jason was uniquely placed with his extensive international experience to take the women to the next level in our quest for higher podium finishes.” Continue reading
Men’s Hockey: Australia 5 defeat Great Britain 4
Goals: Australia – Jack Elliott (10m PC / 68 m FG), Cameron Joyce (13m PC), Tom Craig (23m FG), Will Gilmour (Golden Goal – 72m FG)
Great Britain – Ross Gilham-Jones (38m FG), Phil Roper (47m PC), Andrew Bull (57m PS), Sam Fench (64m PC)
Australia has come from the brink of defeat to reverse a late one goal deficit and beat Great Britain in epic men’s hockey gold medal match on Sunday afternoon.
Jay Stacey’s side let a three goal lead slip late in the second half but produced an equaliser and a golden goal winner to claim the Australian Youth Olympic Festival gold medal. Continue reading