Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Opinion

England Hockey governance: Time to end the committee culture

David Lloyd-Williams, chairman of the London League, voices his opinion ahead of England Hockey's AGM in March My light bulb moment was in the middle of a club committee, years ago, when I realised that one of my colleagues never...

25 years on, it’s time we had discussions on reverse stick hits in hockey

There have always been some head-scratching rules in our game that have made it, at times, a little more dangerous than it should be, writes Todd Williams Going as far back as my father’s playing days, I recall stories of...

Inside Coaching: The new hockey coach

With new seasons well under way, columnist Todd Williams hands out advice to those starting in a new role overseeing players It doesn’t matter what the level, it’s always exciting to start coaching a new team. Being asked to guide...

Tess Howard: ‘We all want the same thing, for GB to defend Olympic hockey title’

GB international Tess Howard speaks to The Hockey Paper on her whirlwind six months since debut I guess I truly didn't know what the senior programme was about until I broke into it. You learn more about its uniqueness the...

India vs Pakistan and the off-field hockey stick battle

By Shahbaz M | Global columnist For more than a decade, India and Pakistan have cut off their bilateral hockey relations. The reasons are varying - from the obvious political tensions to egoistic officials who govern the sport. Yet, rather...

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

By Helen Richardson-Walsh | Opinion I’m saddened when I see and hear stories of youngsters, at school level in particular, where the competition isn’t as strong, and who are encouraged to pass to the ‘best’ player, whose job is to...

Todd Williams: It’s time to come in from the cold

In the 1930s, the playwright and composer Noël Coward wrote the famous lyric “Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun”. With the hats, gloves, base layers, ski socks and heavy coats now out of the cupboard...

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...

Nick Irvine: Can football learn from hockey rules?

As we look forward to a packed hockey calendar in 2017 it is good to know that for once rule changes are going to be few and far between. In recent years my routine preparation for commentary has usually...

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...
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