Friday, May 27, 2022

England Hockey needs to monitor strength of smaller clubs and offer support

'On balance the change in structure was a sensible move by the governing body'

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Rupert Barker
Rupert Barker
Rupert Barker is a former premier league player with University of Edinburgh and has player coached at several clubs across the south of England. He is currently Wallingford 1s player-coach and founder of Hockey21, bringing hockey into the 21st century by creating hockey computer games.

Season in Review Our columnist reflects on a season of restructure and a GMS yet to go live, but says the league transition has its positives

When England Hockey decided to restructure the leagues, there was no doubt that this was the right time. Covid disruptions have hampered the restructure in many ways as they have impacted other facets of life. 

However, the choice to shuffle the clubs came out of an abandoned season where there was no controversy regarding the relevance of promotion or relegation. 

It remains a very sensible one. 

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  1. GMS is not a faulty concept, but the specification and procurement were badly botched

    They did not need to launch GMS nationally without a pilot programme and choosing to do so was reckless

    It remains user unfriendly and whoever signed off a system without a functioning mobile app needs their head examined

    No one has taken responsibility for this catalogue of incompetence. Where is the accountability?

  2. Sensible move 🤣…. Yes…. To pander to universities, make super clubs and increase the north south divide….. Ooo and “monitor strength of smaller clubs and offer support” 🤣


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