The biggest governance change in two decades is upon us – once the Game Management System issues are ironed out
A new club season yields new hope. For English domestic hockey, 2021/22 – which kicks off this weekend when the Premier Division returns after 11 months – represents one of the biggest shake-ups in the sport and the way it is run. A ‘once in a generation’ shift as England Hockey put it when clubs voted on ‘A Structure Fit for the Future’ proposals.
From five regions to eight areas, 50 fewer organisations, 100 fewer committees across England and one streamlined set of league rules. Proposals met the green light from the off and stiff resistance from some sectors, but the vote was passed unanimously at England Hockey’s AGM. Change was rubber-stamped.
“I’m astonished to get where we are without the budgets,” England Hockey chief executive Nick Pink told The Hockey Paper last week.
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