Great Britain Hockey vs Germany | USA | Spain

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Official digital matchday programme for Great Britain Hockey FIH matches versus Germany, USA and Spain.

12-13 May 2021

GB MEN V GERMANY

GB WOMEN V GERMANY

22-23 May 2021

GB WOMEN V USA

GB MEN V SPAIN

Lee Valley Hockey and

Tennis Centre


GREAT BRITAIN HOCKEY

welcome

I am absolutely delighted that we will be welcoming international hockey

back on home soil to Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre for the first time

since November 2019. The last 12 months have been challenging for us all

and I really hope the next three months of international hockey starting with

GB Men and Women against Germany springboard us positively through to

the Olympic Games.

We are all disappointed not to be opening up the gates to GB Hockey fans

over the next couple of weeks and are grateful to the FIH partners at BT Sport

for putting on the FIH Hockey Pro League matches. We are in for an exciting

series of matches against Germany, USA and Spain. We have also recently

announced the 2022 FIH Hockey Pro League fixture list so please keep your

eyes on these and for the home matches we will be hosting next summer.

Our next stop is to the Europeans in the Netherlands in June where you will

be able to see England, Wales and Scotland in action, before we re-group

as GB men and women leading into the Tokyo Olympic Games. The players,

coaches and support staff are excited to be back out there and let’s hope the

excitement inspires us all over the coming weeks as we get behind the teams.

In addition, we welcome our newest partner in Vitality who you will see

emblazoned on the front of the GB women’s shirts, as well as our recognition to

the NHS who have worked above and beyond in the pandemic and the Stick

it to Racism campaign. This campaign developed by the players underpins

the commitments we as an organisation are making to improve opportunities

for more people to take part in hockey at all levels and is a core part of our

work around Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Please do enjoy the next few weeks of international hockey, and for those of

you playing, coaching, umpiring, volunteering, it is great to see you all back

out there enjoying hockey,

All the best

Nick

NICK PINK | CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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MEN'S CAPTAIN

Adam Dixon

“Playing on home soil is always special. It’ll be slightly different without

spectators and it’s certainly not what we’re used to, but we’re looking

forward to these matches. It will feel very strange not having spectators here,

but we’ve all played in empty stadiums after the past year, so it won’t be

totally alien to us. There’s no doubt that when we’re playing at Lee Valley the

fans give us that extra bit of motivation and noise to really get us over the

finish line. I think we’ll sorely miss that in these matches.

We’ve got the Euros and Olympics

later this summer so the Pro League

is going to serve as a really good

tool for coaches to tinker with tactics

and selections. What better way to

do that than against a top-quality

side like Germany and an exciting

fast attacking team like Spain’s.

The more match play and exposure

we can get, the more we can gel as

a team. You learn so many valuable

lessons from playing matches

that you can’t get in a training

environment so the Pro League will

serve as a bit of a warm-up for those

big competitions coming up. There’s

going to be some bumps in the road

along the way but it’s great to be

playing, especially with grassroots

hockey not having had that luxury

of being able to play, so we’ve got

to take that and display ourselves in

the best way possible knowing that

other people are really struggling

with a lack of sport at the moment.

We all know the quality that

Germany possess so we’re looking

forward to that challenge. As for

Spain, they play a very attackminded

style of hockey that if you

match them toe-to-toe it ends up

being an incredibly exciting game,

like we proved many times in the

past, especially with that first ever

Pro League fixture that finished

6-5. I think they were quite a few

goals ahead, but we never gave

up and ended up coming back

in an incredible game. A lot of

our development over the past

few months has been looking at

solid team defence and avoiding

conceding cheap goals, so I think

we’re well placed to deal with

Spain’s threats and frustrate them

more than anything. I think with

what we’ve got in terms of goal

scoring abilities, it’s a game I’m

looking at with huge optimism to try

and get a result and hopefully start

building some momentum towards

the Europeans and Olympics.

It’s a strange one being in a team

sport as the team have qualified for

the Olmypics but we’ve got this very

tough decision in whittling it down

and picking just 16 players which

really does throw up some decisions

for Danny Kerry and the coaches.

There are a few jitters and a bit of

nerves around selection, but I think

that’s natural. The Olympics are the

pinnacle for a hockey player so

everyone is rightly wanting to get

their name on the team sheet for the

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The Olympics are

the pinnacle for a

hockey player so

everyone is rightly

wanting to get

their name on the

team sheet


Games. It’s been such a long time

coming, we’ve had a lot of time to

think about Tokyo in terms of how it’s

going to be and feel, how we want

to be when we’re there and it’s now

about making some good things

happen.

I think the disappointment of

Rio maybe does factor in on an

individual level. After Rio there

was a relatively decent overhaul

or coming and going of different

players, so what excites me most is

that we’re probably going to have a

lot of Olympic debutants who don’t

have any preconceived ideas about

how Rio was on the men’s side of

things. They’re coming in with no

disappointment, just full excitement

and wanting to do their best to get

the team on the podium. There’s no

doubt that amongst the leadership

group, there’s still some open

wounds about those Games and

they’ll serve as a bit of a compass

in guiding us in what we should and

shouldn’t be doing and giving us

those lessons. It didn’t go to plan but

there’s lots that we’ve learned from

that experience in Rio. Hopefully we

won’t have a repeat of that and

we can get on the podium this time

around.”

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OFFICIAL

PRESENTING PARTNER

WOMEN'S CAPTAIN

Hollie

Pearne-Webb

“I’m really excited for these matches. We had some matches against Ireland recently

but other than that the squad haven’t played a capped international match since

last November in the Pro League games against The Netherlands and Belgium. The

excitement is building ahead of the Euros and Olympics too, so it’ll be interesting to see

how we get on against Germany to see where we and some other countries are at.

It’ll feel really quiet without

fans at the matches,

we’re used to having an

incredible crowd behind

us so it will feel different but

it’s still an incredibly special

place where we’ve got

really special memories.

Hopefully we can carry

them forward with us

despite the empty stands

and people can watch at

home on BT Sport.

It was good facing Ireland

at Bisham. We had six

games, two of which

were with our EDP and

the other four were us as

a GB senior team, which

was great. Ireland is a

very good opposition, so

it was good to get some

high-quality international

matches going and knock

a bit of match rustiness

off. It was great that they

could come over, we had

four really exciting games

with lots of goals across

the week and the squad

improved match on match

which was great to see.

Looking ahead to these

matches, Germany

played Argentina relatively

recently in the Pro League

and looked very sharp.

With Germany, they’re a

quality opposition who are

always going to provide

a tough game. We’re

expecting a really tough

test in these matches,

they’ve been playing club

hockey recently too so

they’ll have a lot of match

play under their belts. It’ll

be exciting to see how we

match up against them

but we’re expecting two

extremely tough games.

I think The USA are on a

rebuilding phase which

we need to be really

cautious of because we

don’t necessarily know

how they’re going to play

and they’ll have some

really exciting youngsters

who just want to go out

and express themselves.

We can’t underestimate

them. Previous games

against them have always

been really tight and

competitive so we’re

expecting a similar feel,

albeit with a very new look

squad and coaching staff.

I’m really looking forward

to two more international

matches against them in

the Pro League.

Obviously it’s incredibly

exciting with only a couple

of months to go until the

Olympics. In our squad

everyone is excited, but

at the same time with

Olympic selection around

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WE’RE EXPECTING A

REALLY TOUGH TEST

IN THESE MATCHES...

IT’LL BE EXCITING TO

SEE HOW WE MATCH

UP AGAINST THEM BUT

WE’RE EXPECTING TWO

EXTREMELY TOUGH

GAMES


the corner everyone is

fighting for their place

in the team so there’s a

mixture of emotions right

now. I think Tokyo will

be an incredible event

and probably the most

unpredictable Games

there’s ever been. There

hasn’t been much

international hockey going

on, teams haven’t really

seen each other, there will

be new players and ways

of playing. Normally when

you go to an Olympics

you know so much about

what the opposition is like

and what to expect so it’ll

be incredibly exciting this

year as anyone can beat

anyone. It’ll be a matter

of who can be the most

consistent and turn up at

the right time, so I think it’s

there for the taking, which

is really exciting.

From our point of view

there isn’t any additional

pressure from Rio.

Obviously I think it’s

incredible that we won

gold in 2016, but this

squad that’s been training

together for the past five

years is very different to

the one that was here

leading up to Rio. We’ve

got a lot of new players,

a lot of youngsters, and a

new coaching team, so

the look and feel of the

squad is very different. With

this squad our aim is to go

to the Tokyo Olympics and

win our first gold medal

together. I guess that we

look at it in terms of we’re

trying to retain our Olympic

title, but we’re going there

the same as everyone else

which is to win our first gold

medal as this squad. I think

there might be external

pressure put on us as the

Olympic champions but

internally we don’t view

it that way and we’re just

trying to create our own

dreams and memories as

this squad, which is a really

exciting place to be in.”

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MATCH ACTION

GB 5-3 GER

International hockey

makes thrilling return

to London as GB men

triumph 5-3

Five different goal

scorers with Liam Ansell,

Phil Roper, Chris Griffiths

and Harry Martin all on

target

Brendan Creed also on

the score board with his

first ever international

goal

GB 3-1 GER

GB’s men make it two

from two with second

impressive victory over

Germany

Chris Griffiths, Alan

Forsyth and Rupert

Shipperley net as all

three home nations get

on the scoresheet

Strike makes it goals in

five consecutive home

matches for Griffiths

Phil Roper secures 150 th

combined cap

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MATCH ACTION

GB 2-3 GER

Great Britain’s women

suffer late defeat in

home international

return

Sarah Robertson and

Susannah Townsend

both on target

Maddie Hinch and

Robertson earn 150 th

combined cap

Ellie Rayer wins 50 th

combined cap

GB 2-0 GER

Anna Toman and

Susannah Townsend

strike as GB get revenge

with dominant display.

Townsend: “My Mum

messaged me this

morning as it’s her

birthday and said

‘Susannah, please score

me a goal.’ So that

one’s for her.”

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Behind-the-scenes

footage from our women's

first official photoshoot in

their new Vitality kit!

OFFICIAL

PRESENTING PARTNER

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GREAT BRITAIN HOCKEY

PLAYERS TO LOOK OUT FOR...

OPPOSITION

OVERVIEW

USA

WOMEN

A team in transition at

the moment, the US

squad is packed full of

exciting young players

raring to make their

mark at the highest level

of the game.

So far in the current FIH

Hockey Pro League

season, only three

players above the age

of 25 have featured

for the Americans after

several of their key

figures stepped away

from international

hockey following their

agonising loss to India

in the 2019 FIH Olympic

Qualifiers. While their

inexperience has been

evident so far – they lost

all of their first five games

in the current season –

they have consistently

played with a smile on

their face and shown

plenty of character. With

their sights now set firmly

on reaching Paris 2024,

Great Britain should

expect a tough battle.

ASHLEY HOFFMAN

Despite being just 24-yearsold,

the defender has

already amassed an

impressive 73 caps to her

name and was named

captain of her country

ahead of the latest FIH

Hockey Pro League season.

A tough tackler with a

knack of scoring useful

goals too, she’ll lead her

side from the front with

pride and passion.

LAUREN MOYER

Alongside Hoffman and

Magadan, 26-year-old

Moyer played a crucial

role in the USA taking gold

at the 2017 Hockey World

League Semi-Finals. The trio

will be hoping to lead their

country to similar heights

once again before too long

and the tenacity and goals

that Moyer provides will

be crucial to helping the

USA rise up the FIH rankings

once again.

AMANDA MAGADAN

Currently the USA’s most

capped player with

82 appearances, the

midfielder will be utilising

all that experience to

galvanise her young

team-mates. Her two goals

against India in the second

leg of their FIH Olympic

Qualifier set up what

was almost a sensational

comeback and expect

plenty more of the same

against Great Britain.

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PLAYERS TO LOOK OUT FOR...

OPPOSITION

OVERVIEW

SPAIN

MEN

Whenever Spain play,

you can expect to be

entertained.

Despite having recorded

just two wins so far in

the current FIH Hockey

Pro League season,

they have put up

impressive performances

against Germany,

The Netherlands and

Belgium and were

unlucky not to come

away with all three

points. With the ability to

score goals from pretty

much any scenario,

the 2019 EuroHockey

runners-up pose a

serious threat whenever

they’re on the ball. They

love a shootout too,

winning all five of the

ones they were involved

in during the inaugural

FIH Hockey Pro League

season.

QUICO CORTES

With a staggering 303 caps

to his name, goalkeeper

Cortes is a true Spanish

hockey legend. A member

of the side that won

Olympic silver in 2008, he

will be hoping to appear

at his fourth Games

and eighth EuroHockey

Championships this summer.

He may be 38 but Cortes

is repeatedly showing that

age is no barrier, pulling off

some incredible shootout

heroics in the 2019 FIH

Hockey Pro League that

played a key role in his

nomination for the FIH

Goalkeeper Of The Year

award that year.

XAVI LLEONART

Having played more

than 200 times for Spain

already, Lleonart is another

player boasting plenty of

experience and attacking

threat that would worry

any international defence.

Injuries have so far restricted

his appearances in this

season’s FIH Hockey Pro

League but when he’s

on top form, it takes a

lot to stop the two time

Olympian who is capable

of producing the most

outrageous pieces of skill.

PAU QUEMADA

The third highest male

international goalscorer

currently playing the game,

Quemada is another

player proving that you

can excel in elite hockey

no matter your age. With

his total of 137 goals only

bettered by Tom Boon and

Gonzalo Peillat, the forward

continues to be lethal

in front of goal and has

already notched six strikes

in this season’s FIH Hockey

Pro League to add to his

tally of 10 from 2019.

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HENRY WEIR

The return of the FIH Hockey Pro League will be special for Henry Weir.

Like most people around the country, the past year has been a

challenge beyond many of his 31 years.

We caught up with the

defender ahead of

what could be his first

international cap since

the November 2019 FIH

Olympic Qualifiers to

discuss his lengthy injury

return, fatherhood, and

recent Malaysia trip:

“My partner Racheal

gave birth just before the

Olympics were scheduled

for in 2020. She had a

very difficult pregnancy,

being diagnosed with

pre-eclampsia, and was

rushed into hospital for an

emergency C-Section,

which was all quite scary.

“I think at the time, had

the Olympics gone ahead

I probably would have

had to withdraw. Then it

did get postponed, we

started training with social

distancing at Bisham and

in the very first team session

back I broke my ankle.

“I had that long period

of quarantine followed

by another nine months

of not doing anything, so

the postponement of the

Olympics was a bit of a

silver lining for me because

I just wouldn’t have been

able to go.

“It’s been up and down,

so now I’m trying to view

it more day to day rather

than having an amazing

thing that I want to do, but

I know I can attack each

hurdle as it comes.”

Having spent a long period

of time of the side-lines

through injury, Weir recently

made his first international

appearance in over a

year, albeit in uncapped

matches, as the GB squad

went on tour to face Japan

and hosts Malaysia.

Speaking of his return to

international hockey, Weir

described the uncertainty

of the past year and

recited his future ambitions:

“There was a long time

when I wasn’t sure if I’d be

able to put my name in the

hat for Olympic selection.

I’m very grateful for the

opportunity that I’ve been

given, bearing in mind that

I’d only done two training

sessions before flying out to

Malaysia.

“When I stepped out on

the pitch at the stadium

in Kuala Lumpa I just got

that familiar feeling of big

tournament, big match

play, which is the reason

why we play. It gives you

those tingles again. To be

able to play again has

been so great and has

made all the tough nine

months of rehab worth it.

“It would be absolutely

amazing to make the

Olympics. I’ve gone

through so much self-doubt

and wondering if it’s even

possible, or if it’s even worth

the pain and the struggle

and ultimately my response

is always the same. I give

it a good crack, I try to

work as hard as I can and

see what comes out the

other side. It would mean

everything to go to Tokyo.”

As the FIH Hockey Pro

League returns to the

UK after a near two-year

absence, Weir spoke of his

excitement ahead of the

visit of Germany and Spain:

“The Pro League is brilliant,

I absolutely love it and

am glad it’s back. The Pro

League seems to be a

competition for the fans

that brings more highquality

international hockey

to our home venues.

“It’s such a shame there

won’t be any fans for the

matches, we were all really

hoping for another Stoop

match where we can pack

out the stands. Hopefully

the fans remember, and

when we get back to being

allowed spectators, people

will be hungry for it and

want to come and support

us again.”

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It gives you those

tingles again. To

be able to play

again has been

so great and

has made all

the tough nine

months of rehab

worth it


“These games are big for us

because we want to peak.

The players from all teams

are going to be playing for

their Olympic spots as well

as for their country so these

are going to be some tasty

matchups.

“These are going to be two

very difficult opponents.

Going from facing the

Asian styles of Malaysia and

Japan to the German’s,

then to the Spanish,

these are all completely

different styles and entities.

It’s absolutely brilliant

preparation for us and

provides a great challenge

that will really test our

systems and styles of play.

What better preparation for

the Olympics!”

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GREAT BRITAIN HOCKEY

Whether it's re-arranging

slightly awkward room-sharing

scenarios, running the subs

bench or making sure all the

players are back on the field

after half-time, there's seemingly

no end to the list of jobs

a team manager undertakes.

Joining us for the first episode

in a two-part special is GB

men's team manager Andy

Halliday as, alongside George

Pinner and Adam Dixon, he

recalls just some of his favourite

memories from 15 years in

the role.

With a mixture of hilarious

tales combined with some

truly touching testimonies from

George and Adam about

how important Andy is to the

team, this is an episode you

really won't want to miss.

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GREAT BRITAIN HOCKEY

“The Stick It To Racism campaign kickstarted before our

Pro League games in October/November last year. Both

squads released a joint statement on social media where

we outlined our commitment to raising support to tackle

discrimination and racism in our sport and show our

dedication to helping make a change.

That initial statement was

just something in terms of

outwardly showing our

support to the issue around

racism, not only within our

sport but within society.

For us as a squad, this is

about creating meaningful

change and really building

on that movement for

change that started last

summer after the death of

George Floyd and building

on that within our sport.

As a squad we feel very

strongly about this. We

think it’s really important

to recognise what’s

happening within society

and that we need to do

more.

Through the Stick It To

Racism campaign, as a

squad we’ve continued

our education through

numerous workshops with

many different people such

as Maggie Alphonsi, the

England Rugby legend,

and Rosie Sykes, England

and GB’s first ever black

hockey player. Just having

those really engaging

conversations was

important for us because

we needed to listen first

and foremost and continue

that learning. I think Stick

It To Racism is a really

powerful campaign and

us as a squad and wider

hockey family can build on

that and help make a real

difference.

In our Pro League matches

this May you’ll see the

Stick It To Racism and NHS

logos on both the men’s

and women’s playing

shirts, it’ll also be on some

sticks too which are really

simple things that we’re

doing to show our support.

Moving forward we want

to move with purpose

and really commit to the

change we want to make.

Whether that be shining

a light on many diverse

stories within our hockey

family and celebrating all

“We think it’s

really important to

recognise what’s

happening within

society and that we

need to do more”

backgrounds, ethnicities,

and sexualities across the

board within our sport.

Primarily, we want to

make our sport even more

inclusive and celebrate the

diversity within it and make

our sport something which

every single member of our

hockey family is proud to

be part of.”

Emily Defroand

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Sam Ward...

Thank you NHS

“Through these Pro League matches

in May we’ll be wearing a logo on

our kit thanking the NHS for all that

they’ve done. For me and everyone

else in the squad, the NHS offers so

much support to so many and I think

that our thanks with the use of the

logo includes absolutely everyone

in the UK.

No matter who or what we are,

we’ve all been looked after by the

NHS at some point and I think that

is often taken for granted. We felt

the logo was especially important

with the pandemic and what an

incredible job they’ve done. It’s only

fair that we show our support as

much as we can because they’ve

done what can only be described as

a thankless job out there for so long.

This is our way of showing how much

we appreciate the fantastic job

every single person has done. We

wanted to get across our gratitude,

how much they mean and how we

realise what they do for us on a day

to day basis.

For me this means even more

because they looked after me

through the whole eye incident

which was all done on the NHS.

It’s very close to my heart and as

a squad we’re keen to show our

appreciation because with the

pandemic they’ve saved many lives

and are a true inspiration.

If we could give a message to the

NHS I’d say that from us as a squad

you’ve been absolutely incredible

and you are the real life heroes out

here right here and now and we’re

so thankful for all you’ve done.”

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MARK HAGER

The FIH Hockey Pro League returns to London after a near two-year

absence with world class opposition in the form of Germany and the

USA for Great Britain’s women.

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Ahead of the matches, we caught up with

GB Women’s Head Coach Mark Hager to

get his thoughts ahead of May’s fixtures:

“It’s fantastic to be back on the Pro

League stage again and to be able to test

ourselves against two strong teams, we’re

very much looking forward to these games.

“The players and staff will really miss

not having supporters in the stadium.

That’s what you miss most, not having

supporters and loved ones there as well.

It’s disappointing for all but the games are

live on BT Sport so we know that they’ll

be watching in spirit and cheering in the

background.

“It’s been a different world over the past

15-18 months, we just feel privileged that

we get the opportunity to play these

games whilst so many people haven’t

been able to even take part in grassroots

club or junior hockey. We’re very fortunate

and grateful to have the opportunity to be

able to play.”

Looking ahead to the first opposition, a

side that we’ll see in action on 12 and 13

May, Hager gave an insight into what he’s

expecting from Germany:

Germany are a tough side to beat, they

have some good quality players within

their group as well as having good depth,

so they’re a quality team. Interestingly

enough, we’ll play each other in the

Europeans and then the first game of the

Olympics, so there will be a little bit of cat

and mouse with strategies but also players

vying for Olympic spots. I can see both

games being very competitive.

“We’ll be playing an attacking style of

hockey, Germany have some very good

quality forwards but are also a very strong

defensive team. These matches will be

tough, physical, and I think you’ll see a

lot of flair with both teams being very

aggressive in attack and defence. You

should get to see a good battle.”

GB’s women also have another stern test

in their sights with the visit of the USA on 22

and 23 May, which marks the last matches

on home soil before the Olympics, and

Hager is expecting more lessons for his side:

“They’ve got a new coach so you can

expect a different style from them.

Obviously, they’ll be assessing players for

the future and will be looking towards the

world cup considering they won’t be at

the Olympics, so they’ll have a different

mindset to the teams that are going to the

Olympics in a few months. It’s good to be

able to play against someone different

and come up against a team that’ll have

different tactics or try and identify then

exploit your weaknesses. Facing the USA

will be another good challenge for us.”

“We’re very

fortunate and

grateful to have the

opportunity to be

able to play”

Having been to the Olympics on several

occasions as both an athlete and coach,

Hager has a wealth of experience at the

Games and reflected on his highs, lows

and anticipations heading into Tokyo:

“As a coach there’s been some mixed

feelings as my previous two Olympics

ended with fourth place finishes where

you’re so close but just miss out on

a medal which is so disappointing.

As a player, I had mixed emotions of

competing, winning a bronze, coming

fourth and then missing an Olympics

through injury, so I’ve really had the ups

and downs of success and not so much

success! In a sense it still motivates you

to do well and it’s why you’re part of the

sport, to get those highs and lows.

“The Olympics are the pinnacle for anyone

who competes there. It’s such a good

competitive environment, the difference

this time is that there will be a bit more

of a bubble around your team and you

won’t be able to see other sports. There

will still be an atmosphere there, but it will

just be a bit different as we know family

and friends won’t be travelling this time to

watch us which will be a different feeling

without those people in the stands.”

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#MakeYourMark

Great Britain Hockey is calling on the

Hockey Family to #MakeYourMark at Lee

Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre during

Great Britain’s home FIH Hockey Pro

League fixtures in May.

Although the matches will be played in the

absence of spectators, the #MakeYourMark

campaign provides hockey clubs across the

nation to show their support for the squad when

they take to the pitch in their final fixtures before

the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday 22 & Sunday 23

May against Spain and the USA.

As the Official Presenting Partner of the FIH Hockey

Pro League in Great Britain, Vitality are giving

away their big screen time to you! We’re asking

the Hockey Family to #MakeYourMark by sending

in your personalised video messages to express

your support and wish the teams good luck in their

final fixtures ahead of the Olympics this summer.

We are looking for:

• Good luck messages to inspire the GB squads

before their Olympic journey

• Messages of support to your individual hockey

heroes in the squads

• Your very best match winning goal

celebrations

The video messages will then make it to the big

screen at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre

during the team warm-ups, quarter and half-time

breaks as well as post-match, so you can be

there with the squads through every step of the

match day.

Plus, the very best videos will win a signed shirt

from one of the competing nations from the

2018 Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup,

courtesy of Vitality.

WHAT DO GB HOCKEY

NEED FROM YOU?

Get together with your hockey

friends in your club shirts

(following Covid protocols)

and film your 10 second video

• iPhone, laptops and

android devices can all

be used

• Please film your video in

landscape or it may not

be used.

To create the best video:

• Leave a second pause

at the start

• Practice before recording

• Speak in a slow and

clear voice

Send in via email or

WeTransfer to marketing.

team@englandhockey.co.uk

with your contact details and

hockey club name by midday

Monday 17 May.

So get filming and tune in on

BT Sport on the 22 and 23 May

to see if you can see your

video being played on the big

screen! The messages will also

be shared across the

@GBHockey social channels,

so make sure to follow us on

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

and YouTube.

If you have any questions

please contact marketing.

team@englandhockey.co.uk

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1

3

4

MADDIE

HINCH

GOALKEEPER

149 CAPS

AMY

TENNANT

GOALKEEPER

24 CAPS

LAURA

UNSWORTH

DEFENDER

267 CAPS

9

10

12

13

SUSANNAH

TOWNSEND

MIDFIELDER

171 CAPS

SARAH

ROBERTSON

MIDFIELDER

149 CAPS

CHARLOTTE

WATSON

FORWARD

76 CAPS

ELLIE

RAYER

FORWARD

49 CAPS

20

22

24

25

HOLLIE

PEARNE-WEBB

DEFENDER

182 CAPS

LIZZIE

NEAL

DEFENDER

22 CAPS

SHONA

MCCALLIN

MIDFIELDER

89 CAPS

SABBIE

HEESH

GOALKEEPER

20 CAPS

32

33

38

AMY

COSTELLO

DEFENDER

82 CAPS

IZZY

PETTER

FORWARD

24 CAPS

FIONA

CRACKLES

DEFENDER

4 CAPS

MARK

HAGER

HEAD

COACH

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5

6

7

8

SARAH

EVANS

MIDFIELDER

113 CAPS

ANNA

TOMAN

DEFENDER

82 CAPS

HANNAH

MARTIN

MIDFIELDER

77 CAPS

SARAH

JONES

MIDFIELDER

125 CAPS

14

16

17

18

TESS

HOWARD

MIDFIELDER

37 CAPS

EMILY

DEFROAND

MIDFIELDER

55 CAPS

LEAH

WILKINSON

DEFENDER

178 CAPS

GISELLE

ANSLEY

DEFENDER

156 CAPS

26

27

29

31

LILY

OWSLEY

FORWARD

155 CAPS

JO

HUNTER

FORWARD

69 CAPS

ESME

BURGE

MIDFIELDER

8 CAPS

GRACE

BALSDON

DEFENDER

72 CAPS

KATIE

GLYNN

ASSISTANT

COACH

DAVID

RALPH

ASSISTANT

COACH

MARK

HICKMAN

ASSISTANT

COACH

OFFICIAL

PRESENTING PARTNER

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1

3

5

GEORGE

PINNER

GOALKEEPER

195 CAPS

LUKE

TAYLOR

DEFENDER

38 CAPS

DAVID

AMES

DEFENDER

93 CAPS

10

11

13

15

CHRIS

GRIFFITHS

FORWARD

103 CAPS

IAN

SLOAN

MIDFIELDER

106 CAPS

SAM

WARD

FORWARD

126 CAPS

PHIL

ROPER

FORWARD

148 CAPS

21

22

23

25

LIAM

ANSELL

FORWARD

46 CAPS

DAVID

CONDON

MIDFIELDER

179 CAPS

HARRY

GIBON

GOALKEEPER

77 CAPS

JACK

WALLER

DEFENDER

47 CAPS

31

32

33

WILL

CALNAN

FORWARD

37 CAPS

ZACH

WALLACE

MIDFIELDER

46 CAPS

JACOB

DRAPER

DEFENDER

57 CAPS

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6

7

8

9

HENRY

WEIR

DEFENDER

182 CAPS

ALAN

FORSYTH

FORWARD

185 CAPS

RUPERT

SHIPPERLY

FORWARD

78 CAPS

HARRY

MARTIN

MIDFIELDER

231 CAPS

16

18

19

20

ADAM

DIXON

DEFENDER

275 CAPS

BRENDAN

CREED

DEFENDER

78 CAPS

DAVID

GOODFIELD

MIDFIELDER

52 CAPS

OLLIE

PAYNE

GOALKEEPER

2 CAPS

26

27

29

30

JAMES

GALL

MIDFIELDER

82 CAPS

LIAM

SANFORD

DEFENDER

60 CAPS

TOM

SORSBY

DEFENDER

30 CAPS

RHYS

SMITH

MIDFIELDER

15 CAPS

DANNY

KERRY

HEAD

COACH

KWAN

BROWNE

ASSISTANT

COACH

ZAK

JONES

ASSISTANT

COACH

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