Countess of Wessex pays visit to England Hockey

The Countess of Wessex tries her hand at hockey watched by Adam Dixon and Mark Gleghorne


In her role as Patron, The Countess of Wessex visited Bisham Abbey, the home of England Hockey this past Thursday.

Her Royal Highness met with players from both the men’s and women’s squads, and took part in a hockey training session on the pitches where our athletes are gearing up for a huge summer of hockey.

She met England Hockey President Sue Bodycomb and newly-appointed Chairman Royston Hoggarth, and also chatted with a number of backroom staff in the company offices at the National Sports Centre.

As a memento, women’s team captain Kate Richardson-Walsh presented Her Royal Highness with a signed photograph of The Countess handing our team the EuroHockey trophy last summer.

The Countess of Wessex shares a joke with the Great Britain women

England Hockey Chief Executive Sally Munday said, “I would like to sincerely thank Her Royal Highness for visiting us today, she is a fantastic Patron for England Hockey.

“We were very keen for The Countess to meet Royston for the first time since he became Chairman, and for her to have the opportunity to wish both the men and women good luck for a huge summer ahead. The players are gearing up to line up for Great Britain this summer, and we are hosting the Champions Trophy back at the Olympic Park in June before they depart for the Rio Olympics in August so there is lots of excitement among the hockey family and The Countess really shares in that.

“As always she was exceptionally charming and personable, and we are very fortunate to have her support.”