Latest England Hockey News!

The 2009-2010 outdoor hockey season may be over but the summer is packed full of exciting hockey events to appeal to the entire Hockey Family. To get the ball rolling, please find below information on our brand new Hockey’s Got Talent activity plus how you can book your place at Hockey’s Biggest Weekend – the three day European and EHL Premier Divsion play off extravaganza taking place in May. Plus don’t forget our series of Question Time roadshows – a reminder of where they are and how to reserve your place are included at the bottom of this email.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to send an email to: info@englandhockey.org

Hockey’s Got Talent
The search for hockey’s most exciting free style talent has arrived! As part of the activities supporting the forthcoming Samsung FIH Women’s Champions Trophy in Nottingham in July, we are searching to find England’s most gifted free style hockey stars. We want to see what amazing skills you or your team / club members can display with a hockey stick and ball – the coolest tricks, best juggles, fastest spins and more.

It would be great to have a vibrant mix of talents on our YouTube channel (see URL below) and to do this we would really appreciate your help in getting the message out to all your club’s juniors, team members etc… basically we’re inviting everyone who can pick up a hockey stick to show them what they can do!

To do this, we have set up a Hockey’s Got Talent You Tube Channel http://www.youtube.com/HockeysGotTalent where we will display the best of the best. Take a look on the channel and see some other performers showing what they can do, including England stars Barry Middleton, Helen Richardson and Gemma Darrington plus the amazing University of Birmingham guys showing off their tricks!

We bet there are some real hockey stars out there and we want to see those moves…
How to do it – Steps to show off your hockey talent:

1.) Take a look on the Hockey’s Got Talent You Tube channel to see some cool examples of what can be done http://www.youtube.com/HockeysGotTalent
2.) Start practicing your moves and shaping your 60 second video clip
3.) Once you’ve perfected your moves, record your 60 second clip and upload it to the channel before 31 May 2010
4.) Wait to hear from us to see if you are judged to be one of the winners! You or your players could be in with a chance of showing off in front of a packed house at the 2010 Women’s Champions Trophy in Nottingham in July!

Winners

We are looking for 2 overall winners in 2 categories:

– U18
– Aged 18 or over (as at the 31st May 2010).The individual winners in each of these categories will receive a signed England replica shirt and a brand new adidas hockey stick!

(Please note terms and conditions apply for U18s)

So before you put your stick away for the summer – get practicing and show us that Hockey’s Got Talent!

Hockey’s Biggest Weekend 1st – 3rd May
Cannock Hockey Club. The first Bank Holiday of May 2010. Between 12 and 14 passionate teams fighting for those all important places in Europe or in the Premier Division. It’s got to be Hockey’s Biggest Weekend of the year when passions are high, the game is fast and everyone has a great time. Passion. Speed.Respect – see it in the flesh at Cannock Hockey Club. To book your ticket to see four of the top five Men’s and Women’s EHL Premier Division teams battle it out for those precious places in Europe and to see the top Conference teams from the East, West and North battle it out with the ninth placed Premier League team for promotion to the Premier Division simply click here https://kiosk.iristickets.co.uk/k?EnglandHockey. Ticket costs are as follows:

  • Seat – £6 per day Season ticket £15 (NUS & U18s £4/£10)
  • Stand – £4 per day Season ticket £10 (NUS & U18s £3/£8)

There is a £2 transaction / booking fee so, to save yourself some money, get your friends and supporters together and book a lot of tickets at the same time!

Question Time 2010
The England Hockey Board are going on the road again and this time the Roadshows are following the well known Question Time format. This will give every member of the Hockey Family the opportunity to meet the Executive Board “face-to-face” and to ask them questions about anything to do with the Sport or the National Governing Body. Each Question Time starts at 7.30pm and lasts for about two hours. Refreshments will be available from 7.00pm – on arrival.

Registration
Registration to attend is free and easy. Please give us your name and contact details in case we need to get in touch with you due to changes. You can also propose a question for the Board if you like.

You can register in advance either:

Or:

  • By emailing: info@englandhockey.org. Please put Question Time Roadshow 2010 and then the venue of your choice in the subject header.

The Venues are (hyperlinks are to Google Maps of the venue)

Monday 19th April Ramada Jarvis,
Wetherby, Leeds Road, Collingham, Wetherby, West Yorkshire LS22 5AA

Tuesday 20th April Warrington Sports Club
Walton Lea Road, Higher Walton, Warrington, Cheshire, WA4 6SJ

Thursday 22nd April Trojans Hockey Club
Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh, Hants, SO50 9HT

Tuesday 27th April Culford School

Culford, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6TX

Wednesday 28 April Lichfield Hockey Club
Collins Field Eastern Avenue Lichfield, Staffordshire

Tuesday 4th May Holiday Inn Taunton
Holiday Inn Taunton M5 (Jn 25), Deane Gate Avenue, Taunton, Somerset TA1 2UA

Wednesday 5th May Bisham Abbey NSC
Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 1RR