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‘Ultimate club player’: Surbiton’s Emily Atkinson ends fine domestic career

30-year-old valued the 'hard work that goes with the commitment needed to play Premier Division hockey as well as forging a professional career outside of it'

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Rod Gilmour
The Hockey Paper's Editor. First covered international hockey at the 2010 Commonwealth Games - no better than a full house watching India play England - and has reported for the Daily Telegraph and other major newspapers ever since. Co-founded THP in 2016.

Surbiton’s Emily Atkinson has been hailed as the “ultimate club hockey player” after she ended a gilded career with the accolade of having won every league title during her eight-year tenure at Sugden Road.

Atkinson joined Surbiton women in 2013 as the club embarked on their second season in the top flight. She then scored in their first league Championship title win, with the club currently on seven domestic titles in a row and surely the undisputed current tag of most successful British women’s sports team.

Atkinson, 30, now leaves as she sets about getting married and admitted the “huge commitment” to train twice a week and play every Saturday in this amateur, semi-pro sport. Yet, one look at her statistics paints the picture: Out of 155 possible domestic and European games, she missed just two, through illness and a wedding.

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