Friday, July 1, 2022

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Should hockey follow rugby for ‘no winners’ coaching policy?

By Helen Richardson-Walsh | Opinion Here’s a question for you; given the choice, would you want to train with your club five times a week? The reason I ask is because I often get asked and hear a lot of chat...

England national Hockey League needs a Bowdon

Last weekend’s league results confirm that Bowdon Hightown will have to fight for their place in the Investec Women’s Premier League via the relegation play-offs for a second consecutive season. Buckingham have already qualified for the relegation play-offs. Wimbledon hold...

Alex Danson column: Karen and Craig are huge losses

We are losing Karen Brown and Craig Keegan – two key members of our England and Great Britain coaching staff – and although they have decided to leave the programme for the right reasons, I am still very sad...

Todd Williams column: Get players better, not the best players

Every edition of The Hockey Paper so far has seen plenty of thoughts on improving the health and future of the two Premier Leagues. Ian Jennings’ column on top players opting for the financial gain available from lower league teams...

Simon Orchard column: My long road back to my normal self

A little over a year ago, I was diagnosed with a generalised anxiety disorder. Roughly characterised, that means I have excessive, uncontrollable and often irrational worry. It can be about trivial things like what to have for dinner; or it...

Alex Danson column: I’m excited by what the future holds

We are coming towards the end of what has obviously been a momentous year for Great Britain hockey but it is time now to look forward to 2017 and start to get excited about what the future holds. I have been...

Ian Jennings column: We must make the stars want to stay

How can we make our best players want to stay and play in the Premier Division, rather than perhaps taking the easier option of dropping down leagues for likely financial reward? If they’ve played internationals, are current internationals or realise...

Helping our heroes find new challenges after sport

Let’s cast our minds back to the women’s Olympic qualifying event in Valencia last summer. Midway through the week, GB women had a day off and a recovery session at a local indoor pool. Buddy Holly was playing over the...

Todd Williams column: The best players chase the game

The upcoming men’s and women’s Junior World Cups will provide players with an important lesson about succeeding at the international level. Players from big hockey countries like England will realise that while a long, well-funded preparation provides an advantage,...

Alex Danson column: There’s no me in my idea of team

Life since Rio has been something of a whirlwind. We had planned methodically and done everything we could do to be ready physically and tactically. Internally every one of the squad of 31 thought we could win gold, we had...
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Women’s Hockey World Cup 2022: England search for front foot play and consistency

A theme has run through the England women’s team in recent years. It started with former coach Mark Hager,...
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