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WIMBLEDON HOCKEY CLUB OPENS ITS DOORS TO THE FUTURE

WIMBLEDON HOCKEY CLUB OPENS ITS DOORS TO THE FUTURE image

Wimbledon Hockey Club today announced the signings of 10 new players across their elite Men and Ladies squads as they look to build on a historic last 12 months which saw the Ladies team win the Investec National East Conference for the first time and the Men progress to the Final 4 in the European Hockey League, further than any English team since the competitions inception.

The new signings include the return of former Great Britain International Alastair Brogdon from Dutch side HC Rotterdam, and commanding Norther Irish defender and two-time Olympian Iain Lewers. They are joined by Ed Horler and Luke Taylor who are both in the Great Britain centralised programme at Bisham Abbey alongside existing Wimbledon players Ian Sloan, Phil Roper, Mikey Hoare and Henry Weir.

On the Ladies side current Great Britain International, fresh from helping secure a European Bronze medal, Anna Toman joins alongside New Zealander Bridgette Allen, Scottish International Fiona Bruce and former England U21 players Mollie Rawnsley, Kate Maxey and striker Eliza Brett.

Whilst strengthening the elite teams, the Club has reaffirmed its commitment to expanding the game within the Wimbledon and surrounding area by adding a fourth available pitch for the junior section and increasing the hours of coaching delivered to juniors by current and former Olympic hockey players.

An exciting development has seen the Club develop a community outreach programme delivering free hockey coaching to local junior schools who wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to be exposed to the sport. Speaking about the initiative Olympic Gold medallist Crista Cullen said; “It’s brilliant that Wimbledon HC are taking such a proactive approach to championing hockey within the community we exist in. Alongside success at a national and international level hopefully we can be beacon for hockey and more than a club.”

Having overseen the transforming of Wimbledon HC, Director of Hockey Ben Marsden, commented: “With so many developments throughout the entire club, we are very excited about the season ahead at Wimbledon HC. We have opened our doors at grassroots level, have a bourgeoning adult team section and with some exciting signings at the top end are confident of delivering our premise of continuous progression, always moving forward.”

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