Women’s hockey club set to be awarded freedom of the city

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Leicester Ladies Hockey Club is one of the oldest and most successful women’s hockey clubs in England, and has been nominated for the freedom of the city by deputy city mayor Cllr Rory Palmer.

The conferment of the honorary freedom of the city has been established since 1885 as the highest honour the local authority can bestow. To grant freedom of the city, a resolution to confer the honour is passed at a council meeting, by no less than two thirds of the councillors present.

Previous recipients of the freedom of the city include Gary Lineker, the Leicester Tigers, author Sue Townsend and the 9th/12th Royal Lancers regiment.

Leicester Ladies Hockey Club was formed in 1894 and is the longest-standing women’s sporting club in the city. The club has a strong history of success, turning out international players including Lesley Hurley, Jo Mould and Dianne Batterham. Four Leicester Ladies team players represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games, where team GB won bronze medals.

Club secretary Gaynor Nash said: “We’re delighted to be receiving the freedom of the city - it’s a real honour. We’re proud of the fact that we’ve produced many local role models for Leicester and worked hard to develop the junior game.

“We like to champion the cause of women in sport and promote health and wellbeing for all and have always been proud to carry our city’s name in competitions around Europe. I hope that being granted the freedom of the city will help us to inspire even more local people to achieve their goals.”

Cllr Palmer said: “I have nominated Leicester Ladies Hockey Club not just because of their excellent sporting achievements, but also because their commitment to our city is exceptional.

“Over the years the club has been an important international ambassador for the city, with team members taking part in Olympic Games including London 2012.

“I am sure that the citizens of Leicester will agree that the contribution Leicester Ladies Hockey Club has made to sporting life in the city is outstanding. The club also takes part in unstinting charity work and has inspired generations of young people.”

The honorary freedom of the city will be conferred on Leicester Ladies Hockey Club at a special meeting of the city council on 21st November.

Leicester are currently playing in the Premier Division of the Investec Women's Hockey League. See where and when they're playing next by taking a look at our fixtures section.