Thursday, October 28, 2021

‘We need better joined-up thinking for English hockey to find success’

INTERVIEW: Brett Garrard speaks to The Hockey Paper as Surbiton pass 150 Premier Division matches and a standout set of statistics

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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.

UHC Hamburg was buzzing with activity last weekend. Not only were the Bundesliga side hosting the Women’s EHL Ranking Cup, but the German under-16 north finals were also taking place.

On days like these, the sport comes alive. “This is what hockey is all about,” Surbiton women’s coach Brett Garrard thought to himself as he sat on the balcony, having a beer and taking in the atmosphere at Hamburg.

“The place was rammed with families,” Garrard tells The Hockey Paper.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. We can not work out the fundamentals of pitches, and the quality of them let alone infrastructure and development of clubs.

  2. With the dominance of football it is tough to get a club hockey facility. Kelburne in Paisley have the same dream as Surbiton – a facility where families can stay all day and watch and play hockey. However, football gets in the way.

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