Great Britain and England Women look to the future with “youth and experience”

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 - Great Britain and England captain Kate Walsh at the Olympic Test Event (Photo Credit: Ady Kerry / GB Hockey)

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 →

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 →

England Hockey “delighted” with funding awards

England Hockey had received news of its funding outcomes from Sport England and UK Sport for the funding period 2013 –2017 in 3rd week of December (17th-18th Dec).

Young people Giving Hockey A Go on the mini smurf turfs at the Riverbank Arena.jpgYoung people Giving Hockey A Go on the mini smurf turfs at the Riverbank Arena (Courtesy England Hockey)

Young people Giving Hockey A Go on the mini smurf turfs at the Riverbank Arena.jpg Young people Giving Hockey A Go on the mini smurf turfs at the Riverbank Arena

Sport England – £12m to support growing participation, talent development and capital facility investment.

UK Sport – £15.5m to support the England and Great Britain international teams.

Sally Munday, England Hockey Chief Executive, states, “We are delighted that England Hockey will receive over £27.5m in funding from Sport England and UK Sport collectively over the next four years.  £12m of funding from Sport England is to support our shared ambitions of increasing participation in grassroots hockey and identifying and developing the next generation of talented hockey players.  This represents an increase of £1million in our revenue funding over the next four years.”  Continue reading →

Danny Kerry Appointed Hockey Performance Director of England Hockey

Wednesday, 12 December 2012: England Hockey is delighted to announce that Danny Kerry has been appointed to the role of Performance Director following an extensive recruitment process.

Danny Kerry

Danny Kerry (Photo Credit: Ady Kerry/England Hockey)

Kerry, 42, has been the Head Coach of the England and Great Britain women’s hockey teams since 2004 and has overseen the most successful period in the teams’ history, most recently leading Great Britain to the Olympic bronze medal at London 2012. He will succeed David Faulkner who stepped down after almost eight years in the role.

Speaking after being appointed, Kerry said: “My new role in performance sport represents significant but exciting challenges for me. Hockey has undergone a lengthy period of change since I began as Head Coach. The Single System player pathway has been implemented and our governance has evolved and is now seen as a model for others. The national teams have trained at a level of professionalism never before seen in our history and as a result we have won medals at world and Olympic level. We have seen significant progression in our standing internationally, not just in terms of the performances of our national teams but also in our ability to host world level events. Continue reading →

England Beat India 2-1 in their Opener of International Super Series Hockey 9s

England got off to a great start in the International Super Series Hockey 9’s with a victory over India at the Perth Hockey Stadium. India had initially gone one goal up early on, but over the shortened period of 40 minutes England were the more dominant side coming back to win 2-1. Hampstead and Westminster’s Dan Fox pulled the first goal back to draw level and Loughborough Students’ David Condon made sure of the three points. The win puts them second behind Australia, who had earlier seen off Pakistan 4-2.

2012 Perth International Super Series 9'sThe game saw Beeston’s Adam Dixon take up the captaincy as HGC’s (NED) Barry Middleton watched from the sidelines following a slight calf strain sustained during a league match last weekend.

England looked to have come out the blocks quicker than India, demonstrating their strength on the ball and grasping the tactical differences in the game well. However it was India, against the run of play, who found the target first. In the 4th minute Chandi picked up the ball in the circle and fired home from 12 yards out with pin point accuracy into the corner past Beeston goalkeeper George Pinner. The larger goals, which stand one metre wider than a normal hockey goal, left Pinner with little chance of saving. Continue reading →

England prepare for hockey’s Twenty20 down under

Wednesday, 21 November 2012: The England men’s hockey team has arrived in Perth, Australia, ahead of this week’s International Super Series Hockey 9s tournament, the warm up tournament for the forthcoming Champions Trophy in Melbourne. The tournaments will showcase some of the stars of the Olympic Games for the first time since Great Britain finished fourth in London three months ago.

Great Britain v Argentina at London 2012 Olympic Games - Barry Middleton celebrates after scoring two goals at the Riverbank Arena (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

File photo of England’s Captain Barry Middleton (Photo Credit: Great Britain Hockey / Ady Kerry Photography)

Starting on Thursday 22 November and running until Sunday, the innovative International Super Series Hockey 9s tournament is sure to draw comparisons with cricket’s game changing Twenty20. Now entering its second year, the Australian-devised format features a number of departures from standard hockey designed to add to the spectacle for fans. In a move to offer up even more goal scoring opportunities, the goals have been made one metre wider, prompting England goalkeeper George Pinner to admit he has had to re-think his childhood visions of playing football. Continue reading →