Lee names England Women’s squad for Hockey World Cup

Thursday 8 May 2014:  With just 23 days to go England Women’s Head Coach Jason Lee has named his squad of 18 athletes to travel out to The Hague in the Netherlands for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup, taking place from 31 May-15 June 2014.

England will face tough opposition in Pool B including European Champions Germany (Credits: Ady Kerry/England Hockey)

England will face tough opposition in Pool B including European Champions Germany (Credits: Ady Kerry/England Hockey)

The squad remains largely unchanged from that which won a silver and bronze medal during 2013 at the European Championships and World League Final respectively. However Lee has named two relative newcomers in his 18; Beeston’s Ellie Watton and Buckingham’s Zoe Shipperley.

All of England’s matches will be shown live on Sky; the first game will be against the USA at 12:00 (UK time) on Sunday 1 June.

With three World Cups under her belt and a bronze medal from 2010 [Rosario, Argentina] England Captain Kate Richardson-Walsh will be hoping her side can improve on third this time around.

England are in Pool B with Argentina, China, Germany, South Africa and the USA. Of the six teams in the pool, England (3) is the second-highest ranked in the FIH World Rankings after Argentina (2), while the rest of the sides are sixth or lower. Continue reading →

England ready for Investec Hockey World League challenge

12 June 2013: England Women’s Head Coach Jason Lee has selected the 18 athletes who will contest the Investec Hockey World League Semi Final in London from 22-30 June. Among the athletes selected there are eight London Olympic bronze medallists who will be playing back on home turf in front of thousands of supporters at the University of Westminster Sports Ground in Chiswick.

Alex Danson faces Investec Hockey World League opponents Spain (Credits: Ady Kerry / GB & England Hockey)

Alex Danson faces Investec Hockey World League opponents Spain (Credits: Ady Kerry / GB & England Hockey)

Commenting on the squad he has selected for the six day tournament, which is also a World Cup qualifier, Lee said, “Choosing the final 18 athletes for this tournament was difficult because we have a whole training squad who are challenging for a place. I think the selected athletes have a great mix of experience and youth and they’ve gelled really well in a short space of time. We had some training games against New Zealand [FIH world #3] last week and the way we played in those fixtures has definitely given us a good confidence boost going into the tournament. However, with the likes of South Africa and Australia in our Pool we are under no illusions how challenging the week will be.” Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

Jason Lee moves from England men’s Head Coach to lead women’s team

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)

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 →