England Hockey Awards - another fantastic evening!

England Hockey Awards 2014

On Saturday, Bisham Abbey welcomed 223 people from the hockey community to the England Hockey Awards Dinner on the banks of the Thames.

With 17 awards up for grabs the atmosphere and excitement was palpable. Teams/players/coaches/umpires and volunteers alike had travelled from all over the country, as far as Marton Furness in Middlesborough, Felixstowe in Suffolk and from as close as Marlow in Buckinghamshire to experience and support the event.

Simon Mason was MC for the evening and the winners were announced by representatives from NOW: Pensions, Perkins Slade and England Hockey Board members.

The winners in all categories were:

Now: Pensions Men’s Senior Performance Player of the Season - Barry Middleton
Now: Pensions Men’s Junior Performance Player of the Season - Andy Bull
Investec Women’s Senior Performance Player of the Season - Maddie Hinch
Investec Women’s Junior Performance Player of the Season - Lily Owsley
Performance Coach of the Season - Mark Bateman
Performance Umpire of the Season - Tom Swain
Perkins Slade Club of the Season - Felixstowe Hockey Club
NOW: Pensions Men’s Team of the Season - Marlow 2nd XI
Investec Women’s Team of the Season - Neston South Wirral 1st XI
Best Marketing Campaign of the Season - Cambridge City Hockey Club
Coach of the Season - Chris Glover
Club Volunteer of the Season - Stuart Burnside
Hockey Maker of the Season - Bruce Danbury
HA or League Volunteer of the Season - David Cawthorn and Eilish MacBean
Club or HUA Umpire of the Season - Steve Godwin
Young Umpire of the Season - Ben Garrod
Lifetime Achievement Award - Ben Rea

John Bax, Felixstowe Hockey Club Chairman, commented, “The whole event was very well organised and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves....It was an amazing experience which will live long in our memories and we would like to say a big thank you to England Hockey for organising it all!

“It was a very humbling experience to hear about the huge amount of work done by other clubs and individuals from all over the country. To be placed on the shortlist was a reward in itself for all the club members who have helped to make Felixstowe Hockey Club what it is today. To actually win is the most incredible achievement that we could have wished for and the award will take pride of place in our clubhouse!”

Over £2000 was raised from the charity auction that took place over the course of the evening, with participants bidding on lots including Cirque du Soleil and Investec London Cup tickets, a GB signed shirt and a signed stick amongst others, and all proceeds will be fed into grassroots hockey through The 1908 Club.

We'd like to extend our congratulations to all the winners, from this weekend - check out all the pictures from the event on Facebook, courtesy of Ady Kerry.