Friday, April 19, 2024

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

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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  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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