NOW: Pensions enters second year of sponsorship of menís hockey

George Pinner and Jonty Clarke at the NOW: Pensions Men's Hockey League Finals Weekend

Today marks the 1st anniversary of NOW: Pensions’ sponsorship of England Hockey’s men’s international team and the Men’s Hockey League.

The positive effect that the NOW: Pensions sponsorship has had on our men’s game has been felt in numerous ways both at international and club level. As such, and on the back of the League Finals Weekend just gone, we wanted to share with you a note from Morten Nilsson, Chief Executive of NOW: Pensions, which we thought nicely summarises their fantastic contribution to club and grass roots hockey to date:

We were delighted to be back at Reading for the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Finals last weekend, and offer our congratulations to Beeston after their victory, as well as Southgate and Brooklands MU on their promotion. We have a come a long way since last year, introducing several new initiatives to benefit the domestic league along the way.

Following a successful season launch back in September, we introduced the NOW: Hockey Challenge, which seeks to develop the sport through the NOW: Pensions principles of Smarter, Simpler, Better. NOW: Pensions has helped develop tools for hockey clubs to make their hockey life easier, both on and off the pitch. This included a toolkit for clubs such as pitchside banners and marketing materials to help clubs both look ‘smart’ and promote the game in local communities.

NOW: Pensions also offered invaluable training materials from the England coaching staff, including coaching tips and strength and conditioning exercises, to help provide ‘simple’ tools for hockey clubs around the country.

Finally, to help provide inspiration to become ‘better’, local clubs were given the opportunity to train with the England team via a social media competition whereby teams were invited to share their most inventive penalty corners.

We hope that our support, not only to the domestic league, but also the England squad and grassroots initiative, Rush Hockey, will help create a sustainable legacy for hockey. We are working hand in hand with England Hockey to help grow the sport. Meanwhile our company is growing too as the auto enrolment market develops. NOW: Pensions is a company which aims to challenge the status quo, and we believe everyone deserves access to a better pension in order to secure the retirement they deserve.

If you’d like to find out more about NOW: Pensions visit www.nowpensions.com and don’t forget to follow @NOWhockey on Twitter to share your passion for the sport.