Hockey is played all over the UK but concentration of talent impacts game’s image to detriment of all, writes ALASTAIR WHATLEY
With upwards of a thousand members split across mens, womens and juniors, club communications, as secretary, is an important and often daunting job.
Over lockdown I tried to re-energise our club newsletter which, in search of material, sent me combing through archives of newsletters of old. I was amazed to see not just the success of the club but also the incredible array of sponsors, press coverage and acclaim that came not just the way of Southgate but to the sport in general. Regular features on the back pages of the broadsheets, proper coverage of the league, and headline sponsors to match. It feels a million miles from where we are at here in 2022.
I’ve become quite the evangelist for the sport in the interim and the cameras which we are installing here at Southgate exemplify the ambition here for more people to watch not just Southgate games but more hockey in general. Perhaps through my own inadequate efforts at playing the sport, I have come to appreciate the remarkable skills, strength and agility players need to survive and thrive at the higher levels.
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Alastair Whatley is Southgate’s club secretary. You can read more of his columns here