Two decades ago, JON ROYCE was involved in systemic change at Surbiton Hockey Club. A small Sunday morning Colts section was relaunched mirroring a continental style model. Roger Hitch did the financial spade work, Karl Stagno was appointed as lead coach. SHC remains the leading club Junior programme, at present headed by Will Fulker: showing that inclusion and quality go hand in hand.
In the first of an exclusive series of short essays focusing on the state of play at junior and club level in England, Royce charts where the sport is heading.
A vastly experienced foreign correspondent and author, Tim Marshall’s The Power of Geography seeks to explain how geographical position and subsequent history both ancient and modern have a bearing on recent events, before laying out the dilemmas that face present governments.
And so, with the inspiration of Marshall’s style, I am setting out to chart English hockey’s route over the past half century, explain the modern day reality for the sport, and present a view of where we are and where we could be heading, following the launch of England Hockey’s future talent strategy, A New Way Forward.
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