Coaching

What hockey can learn from cricket’s protection

By Angus Porter Cricket and hockey are sports in which a hard ball can travel on an unpredictable path, at speeds in excess of 80mph. So whilst fatalities are …

Alex Danson: ‘It was unusual to see a young kid so willing’

In our last print issue, we produced an 8-page special on Alex Danson’s fine field hockey career. Here, we speak to one of her first coaches I first saw …

Getting safety ready for the new hockey season

Published before the pandemic, England Hockey were keen to respond to questions posed by The Hockey Paper’s readers around safety in our sport. Are …

The Mental Game: Motivate your field hockey pre-season

Pre-season training is upon us and with it the thought of no end of pain from various parts of the body that have not been used for several months. Cries of …

Hockey coaching: Tips from the top

We bring you the best tips and hockey advice from the stars and leading coaches Lizzie Neal’s defence Initially, I struggled coming into the Great Britain …

How GB Hockey coaching hub has inspired during lockdown

The sight of empty pitches during lockdown and the hundreds of coaches across the UK unable to deliver sessions to eager players has clearly left a void. But …

How do I become a better hockey defender?

Our resident coaching expert Todd Williams has been giving the best advice for budding juniors since 2017 Q: My favourite player is Hollie Pearne-Webb. How do …

No one wants to be in hospital on Monday morning, says top hockey coach

By Richard Bright Jon Royce, the former GB coach, says that ‘mismatches’ in junior hockey skills are accounting for the current dangers at grass …

Why the whistle should be mandatory for all hockey players

As a coach at school and club level, much of my preparation for a season would be focused on drills, cones, bounce boards, enough practice and match balls and …

Coaching: The Top Trumps for hockey

Jack Rolfe explains why his MatchPlay Cards make hockey fun to understand The concept They say every idea starts with a problem and I suppose the first concept …