Thursday, February 22, 2024

Meet Chesterfield’s ‘heavy metal’ hockey style, via Tasmania and Mexico

Christian Battye is in charge of an international group of players at Chesterfield hockey club. The first team coach has two Australians and a Mexican playing for him this season as the club looks to bounce back from their relegation from the Yorkshire & North East Premier Division last year.

The team, which is made predominantly of 15 to 17 years olds, have won six out of seven matches this season – including racking up 16 goals in their last two matches – but Battye insists that the rebuild is all about taking it a game at a time.

That rebuild has been aided by a club ethos of inclusivity, which has helped his international stars settle in and for the youngsters to go out and express themselves on the pitch.

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