Hockey players are often asked to be ambassadors for projects and organisations. And that makes a lot of sense: sports people are frequently in the public eye, they embody the many values associated with a successful sports career, and international athletes can get across messages in a way that teachers, parents, managers and politicians often cannot.
In recent months the spotlight has turned fully onto sports and the part they play in racial discrimination. From the racist chanting on the football terraces to the lack of diversity in many sporting association boardrooms, there is a growing awareness that some sports are as complicit in institutionalised racism as other areas of society.
There may well be a distinctly Southern Hemisphere vibe to training around Bisham Abbey when Great Britain and England women’s head coach Mark Hager is joined by fellow Kiwi Katie Glynn.
Glynn has been appointed assistant coach to the women’s national team as they prepare for a return to FIH Pro League action, as well as an assault on the EuroHockey Championships (as England) and the...
Nick Pink had only been in the hot seat as chief executive of England Hockey for four months when Covid-19 struck. While acknowledging the traumatic, and often tragic, impact the pandemic has had upon households everywhere, Pink says the lockdown gave him and his staff a very rare moment when they could actually reflect and take stock.