Stars shine at Golden Hockey Ball

Golden Hockey Ball Countess of Wessex

The great and the good were out in force last night as Great Britain Hockey hosted a glittering Golden Hockey Ball at the Tower of the London.  

Just over 400 people from the world of sport, TV and business took to the red carpet at the star studded event which was hosted by award winning broadcaster and self-confessed sports obsessive Colin Murray.

Colin Murray on stage at Golden Hockey Ball

The event was put on to celebrate the British Women’s Team’s Olympic gold medal success as well as looking ahead to an important year for both men’s and women’s squads.

It is an exciting time to be involved in hockey with interest in the sport at an all time high and with England hosting the Men’s World League next summer followed by the Women’s World Cup in 2018 both at the London 2012 legacy venue, Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. Throughout the evening an auction was held where the money raised went to England hockey’s new charity, Hockey Futures.

“Hockey has such an exciting future.  For our athletes, the spotlight shines on them more brightly. For our grassroots players, they’re even more proud to say they love hockey. For our sponsors, they take even more value from aligning themselves with a sport on the rise.” Said Sally Munday, England Hockey’s Chief Executive. “For our spectators, they will be at more sold-out events. For children, they have new hockey role models. And for our organisation, our continued strategy is to create A Nation Where Hockey Matters. With your help we can achieve that aim.”

Host Colin Murray was joined by international magician Bill Herz for some extraordinary entertainment for the assembled guests. The Countess of Wessex, Patron of England Hockey was also in attendance and met guests and some of the athletes before she sat down to enjoy her evening whilst OK Magazine and Sky Sports covered the event, ensuing the media interest in such a special evening was well catered for.

British rowing greats Katherine Grainger and Matthew Pinsent joined in the celebrations alongside rugby legend and World Cup winner Neil Back. Back’s daughter is part of the U18 England squad and he was full of praise how the women have inspired her on the start of her own sporting career.

The night was rounded off with a festive sing-along by the London Youth choir and Gareth Malone featuring our Olympic athletes on stage. JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and BT Sport were amongst the businesses that attended the event with Barclays donating their table to British Breast Cancer.

Golden Hockey Ball Maddie

Georgie Twigg and Giselle Ansley, two of the gold medallists described the number of these events they have attended and the attention their achievements have attracted as “surreal” with Twigg adding that it was “Nice to celebrate and bring it all back into our minds.”

As well as a celebration of the elite side of the game, the event was used to launch England Hockey’s new Hockey Futures Charity. Hockey Futures is a national charity set up by England Hockey to transform lives through the power of hockey. The charity aims to create new opportunities for young people to access the sport, igniting undiscovered passions, developing vital skills and uniting diverse groups. From the playground to the podium, Hockey Futures hopes that more hockey dreams can come true.