And the winner is....

Sevenoaks HC

On the evening of the 21st May 2016, the great and the good of English hockey came from all corners of the country and all levels of the game to celebrate another successful year and to find out who takes home one of the 17 coveted prizes up for grabs at the England Hockey Awards.

Each and every person or team nominated has achieved something special in this last year. The awards are a great chance to find out about the talent and dedication on display throughout the hockey family and to celebrate everyone’s achievements. So without further ado, here are the winners:

MEN’S SENIOR PERFORMANCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: David Ames.

SENIOR WOMEN’S PERFORMANCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Investec): Susannah Townsend

MEN’S JUNIOR PERFORMANCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Luke Taylor.

INVESTEC WOMEN’S JUNIOR PERFORMANCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Hannah Martin.

2XU PERFORMANCE COACH OF THE YEAR: Jon Bleby

PERFORMANCE UMPIRE OF THE YEAR: Dave Dowdall

UNSUNG HERO OF THE YEAR: Wendy Russell

HOCKEY MAKER OF THE YEAR: Alex Bandurak

BARRINGTON SPORTS CLUB CHAMPION OF THE YEAR: Holly Lashford

YOUNG UMPIRE OF THE YEAR: Isaac Charles

CLUB OR HUA UMPIRE OF THE YEAR: Nick Burnett

CLUB COACH OF THE YEAR: Neil Gaskin

BEST LOCAL PROMOTION: Wapping Hockey Club (The Hockey Beer)

MEN’S TEAM OF THE YEAR: Tavistock Men’s First Team

INVESTEC WOMEN’S TEAM OF THE YEAR: Leeds Adel

NOTTS SPORT CLUB OF THE SEASON: Sevenoaks Hockey Club

PERKINS SLADE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Mike Denham

Wendy Russell - Unsung Hero of the Season Winner

'This is so overwhelming! When they were reading out the nominations I thought they were all incredible and they all do such a fantastic job for their club. I also thought there were many great ideas that I could pinch too! It is fantastic for the club especially for getting the disability side of the sport out there more so hopefully push it wider round England!'

Jacqui Hudson - Unsung Hero nominee and part of Sevenoaks HC Notts Sport Club of the Season Winners

'I feel completely over whelmed, as a club we are just amazingly overjoyed. We have got a lot of amazing people who have put a lot of work in and are so committed to the family atmosphere of the whole club. This is amazing for our club and we couldn’t be prouder.'

Mike Denham – Life Achievement Award Winner

'I am delighted, I have dedicated my life to hockey I suppose, I have always taken the view of I haven’t had anything else to do due to retirement! I have been pleased to be involved in hockey as I have got enormous satisfaction from being part of the hockey community.' 

All of us at England Hockey would like to extend our sincere congratulations to all of the nominees and of course all of the award winners.