Sport-by-sport - Hockey
|Chairman||Richard Leman and Philip Kimberley|
|Chief Executive||Sally Munday|
|Performance Director||David Faulkner|
|Funding Award (2009-2013)||£15,013,200|
|London 2012 Performance||1 Bronze|
|Athletes on World Class Performance Programme||55|
|Press Officer||Lawrence West|
|Press Officer tel||01908 544 644 / 07525 987283|
|National governing body||England Hockey On behalf of Great Britain Hockey Ltd|
“I’ve been fortunate to have had Lottery funding for many years and it’s helped me to train full time and pay for training trips abroad, without that funding none of that would have been possible so thank you to the National Lottery for all the support they give us.”
GB player Helen Richardson
The GB hockey teams have gone from strength to strength since the Beijing Olympics, both rising to, and maintaining, fourth in the world rankings, with the women’s team medalling at every major tournament since 2010.
Close to £15 million of UK Sport funding has been invested in the sport over the London cycle (2009-13), the most of all the Olympic team sports.
As well as directly supporting the athletes, this funding has enabled the squads to be based full-time at the world class Bisham Abbey facility.
GB’s Sarah Thomas said: “The facilities are absolutely amazing and I don’t think other countries are as lucky as we are with all the equipment on site. It is phenomenal what we have been given here by UK Sport.”
GB Hockey has also benefitted from UK Sport support in a number of other areas, focused on strengthening the entire set-up.
Women’s coaches Karen Brown and Danny Kerry, and men’s coach Bobby Crutchley, are all Elite Coach alumni, having been selected for the three-year UK Sport led coaching programme.
Fellow women’s coach Craig Parnham was one of the first coaches to graduate from UK Sport’s Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Programme, which targets apprentice coaches already in the system, and aims to make them the elite coaches of the future.
UK Sport’s Research and Innovation team and the English Institute of Sport have worked closely with GB Hockey to optimise their recovery protocols during competition, as well as focusing on performance analysis, GPS equipment and measurement tools, keeping the sport at the cutting edge of technology.
UK Sport’s Major Events team backed the England Hockey Board’s successful bid for the women’s Champions Trophy in 2010. The event, which featured six of the world’s best sides, took place in Nottingham and was held in the UK for the first time.
The 2007 European Championships was also supported by UK Sport funding. These events ensured British hockey players were able to compete in vital world ranking tournaments on home soil ahead of the London Olympic Games.
Did You Know?
Members of the Great Britain hockey teams were joined by the Duchess of Cambridge in February 2012 as she picked up a hockey stick for the first time since playing at school, at Marlborough College. The teams presented the Duchess with a personalised Great Britain shirt.
*Accurate as of May 2012
Next major event
EuroHockey Championships 2015
- 21 - 30 August 2015
- Funding: Up to £500,000