Thursday, November 30, 2023

‘Tired and frustrated’: Surbiton coach speaks out over English domestic hockey structure

Surbiton have joined the European Hockey Clubs Organisation (EHCO) which aims to protect European domestic hockey

Surbiton men’s coach Mark Pearn says that hockey in England will “fade away” if the governing body doesn’t address concerns over the club game taking second fiddle to the international arena.

Pearn spoke out on social media this week in a series of Twitter posts – retweeted by a number of players – which centred upon scheduling issues, Surbiton missing top players to this weekend’s FIH Pro League matches in Argentina and calling for changes to when the domestic game is played.

“I feel compelled to raise awareness of the low regard England Hockey currently holds for the club game and the integrity of our domestic leagues,” wrote Pearn. “It is not a new story, but it is tiring and frustrating to go through the same process every season.”

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