Making Hockey Happen!

Bruce Danbury volunteering at Investec London Cup 2014

Hockey Makers are England Hockey’s fantastic team of event volunteers and are essential to making all our events happen, however big or small.  There are always a wide variety of roles on offer including pitch side opportunities, working with the media or helping with the day to day running of the event.

We caught up with one of our regular Hockey Makers to hear about his event experiences. Bruce Danbury (38), a Freelance Business Consultant from Devon, is the England Hockey Hockey Maker of the Season for 2013/14. A regular volunteer at England Hockey events including the 2014 Investec London Cup as a Field of Play Manager, he has also volunteered at other events including the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Here’s what he had to say about volunteering:

What roles do you carry out as a Field of Play Manager?
“Ultimately, I ensure the field of play is fit for purpose and stewarded correctly. I have to work with the Team Directors, Team Officials, Sports Presentation, Outside Broadcast, Ball Patrol and Team Managers to ensure everything runs on time and is as professional as possible for the players and umpires. And of course, I need to make sure we don’t drown the crowd with water cannons!”

What's been your favourite event and why?
“London 2012. Not sure anything will be better than the months spent on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at the hockey. Working as the Field of Play Manager was the most inspiring, exciting and exhausting volunteer role I’ve ever done. I have memories and friends for life from that event.”

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with England Hockey?
“Meeting new volunteers and catching up with friends from previous events. Also, being so close to the action and working with the best hockey players, umpires and coaches in the world. Free kit is always a bonus too!”

Would you recommend people to get involved as a Hockey Maker? Why? 
“Yes! It’s an awesome experience and there are a huge variety of roles to suit lots of different people. Personally, I love being involved on the Field of Play but spectator services and other front or back of house roles are also really rewarding. Camaraderie with all the other volunteers is really special.”

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering, or get involved as a Hockey Maker, click here.