Saturday, July 20, 2024

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.

State of Play: New-look England men in strong position to make next step

We are on the verge of several weeks of international hockey and, although different nations take vastly varied approaches to the Pro League, we...

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

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

An England Hockey season of relegation, walkovers and frustration

What do you think? Join our forum for free and keep the discussion going For some, the end of season spells ecstasy as they have...

Club hockey coaching feels lethargic in post-Covid world

It feels like the pandemic has had a severe impact on hockey in the smaller clubs. Following on from the original hiatus and uncertainty...

Do we need to implement a low tolerance policy for unsportsmanlike conduct?

One of the joys of hockey's amateur status is that, barring the top echelons of the sport, the players are involved in the sport...

Results-driven school hockey is holding us back

If school coaches are allowed to prioritise long-term goals, hockey in the Britain will strengthen There is without doubt some incredibly high-quality hockey coaching at...

Lop-sided leagues? No play-offs? The side effects of England Hockey restructure

If just one team is promoted or relegated there is potential for a side to spend several seasons languishing in an unsuitable league The England...

School of hard knocks? Why it’s time to protect our youngsters on the hockey pitch

Potentially our most vulnerable and most valuable team-mates are not being protected on the field of play Teenagers trudging off the pitch at the end...