Hat’s off to Izzy Gardiner and getting hockey talking about inclusion. However, as someone involved in delivering club and state school hockey, the barriers to creating this are as much cultural as well as financial.
There are a number of nuanced intertwined issues.
Before we get to the crux, it is important not to make this into a private vs state school egalitarian class war. Let’s recognise that private schools such as Repton, Whitgift et al offer a world-class sporting education and the culture they create in terms of committing to excellence. This cultural expectation is something that clubs and state schools should be looking to emulate.
The three main barriers are facilities, coaches and mindset.
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Richard Temple is Bishop’s Stortford HC club captain and women’s coach