It has been a while since my last post and a lot has happened during that time on and off the hockey pitch. Where do I start......I suppose with the hockey!
The National Premier has started very well with my club side Leicester. We have managed to win all our matches so far, 8 straight victories and are currently ahead of Reading at the top of the table. We have two more matches this side of Christmas, then the indoor season starts and then the winter break before the outdoor league resumes in February. We have also made it to the quarter-finals of the cup competition.
One of my main reasons for joining Leicester was to win National titles and to play in the European Club hockey league, so hopefully we are heading in the right direction and I hope we can challenge strongly in the indoor league and make the finals night this year be held in Nottingham Trent Arena.
Since October we have started a Centralised Programme with the National squad which enables us to train as a GB squad most of the days of the week, every week and we hope this will improve our performances as a team at major tournaments in the lead-up to the London Olympic Games.
This has required many changes by individuals and it has shown how much commitment and dedication we put in, by all in the squad, in order to make the team for 2012 and for the team to perform to medal standards at the games.
Off the hockey pitch, I have been carrying out a number of Team Essex Ambassador duties across Essex.
One in particular was special for me returning to Chelmsford Hockey Club to help run a hockey master-class for youngsters from three schools in the Chelmsford area who have created a club-school link with the help of England Hockey. These coaching session hope to be continued each month at Chelmer Park and encourage young people to take up the sport and join the club to access more coaching on a regular basis.
With the winter months ahead I am looking forward to the indoor season approaching and can't wait to get inside to try some skills out. Always fun times indoors!
Thanks for reading and will keep you posted