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State school hockey tournament organisers aim to go national

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Plans are in place for a national state school hockey tournament, The Hockey Paper can reveal. The East region will act as the template before organisers hope to roll the tournament out nationwide and hold a regional finals day. The tournament's aims are to connect all current hockey-playing schools and to...

State School hockey issue needs us all to be working together

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In our current world, the rise to public prominence of Marcus Rashford and Barnard Castle - respectively, the highly impressive footballer and the Durham town made famous by Dominic Cummings - have understandably been part of an increased level of awareness and tension about the haves and have nots in our society and, of course, the...

Go West! Gloucester state school rise maintains hockey legacy

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There has been no let up in hockey success at Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School, writes Richard Bright. In a piece written for The Hockey Paper before the pandemic, student numbers continued to follow an upward trajectory, as did the west country school's win ratio. But what seems most important for this state school...

Club contact with state school hockey is pivotal

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I have watched and listened with interest in recent months as England Hockey look to revise the Player Pathway and make it a more of a level playing field for those players at state schools, writes Ruth Sealey. Our three boys aged 14 (U16), 13 (U14) and 10 (U12) all attend either our local...

Hockey debate: There are state school facilities for entire communities to prosper

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A speculative approach resulted in a Lancashire hockey club finally returning to its hometown after 24 years and a high school being able to offer a year-round outdoor multi-sporting curriculum, including hockey, writes Sarah Skelton. Over five years ago, Garstang HC joined forces with the town’s Academy to deliver a brand new astroturf pitch, the only one in the Borough’s...

East Hockey league to develop state school access after landing sponsor

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The East Region Hockey League says it will invest in the development of state school hockey in the region after landing a multi-year title sponsor. Sports retailer MR Cricket Hockey has been announced as the new official title sponsor until at least the end of the 2022/23 campaign. Around 550...

Grassroots hockey given green light to resume

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Outdoor hockey in England can return when national lockdown measures are lifted next month following Boris Johnson's statement on Monday. Hockey and other grassroots sports will be able to restart from December 2, with the first weekend of potential league fixtures set for three days later. You can head to betting markets on the...

Meet Izzy Gardiner: Hockey’s voice for more state school inclusion

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In a normal, pre-Covid week, 17-year-old goalkeeper Izzy Gardiner would have a training session before preparing for match day with Broxbourne HC. But as an English state school pupil in lockdown 2.0 she currently has no hockey provision and so Izzy took to Twitter to express her feelings for what she perceives as a lack of...

England Hockey ‘must listen’ to state school voice over accessibility

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The Lee Valley hockey and tennis centre with its 'Union Jack' pitch

Current and former internationals have resolutely backed young Izzy Gardiner's stance on calling for more state school hockey provision in England. Gardiner, 17, took to Twitter this month to highlight the plight of state school players during lockdown and was 'overwhelmed' to see her post go viral. Her comments sparked a...

GB Hockey Olympian Helen Morgan passes away, aged 54

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Great Britain Olympian Helen Morgan (Grandon), who as a goalkeeper won bronze in 1992, has lost her battle against cancer. She was 54. Nicknamed 'Budgie', Morgan was part of the first ever GB women’s squad to win an Olympic medal, securing silverware at Barcelona ’92. The Welsh keeper was also an...