Get Pitchside with London 2012 Ball Patrol

British hockey supporters are being given an outstanding once in a lifetime opportunity to get pitchside at the London 2012 Olympic Games as Great Britain Hockey launches an exclusive hunt for 36 volunteers to be ‘ball persons’. 

London 2012 logo and hockey pictogramWorking in conjunction with The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), Great Britain Hockey’s search will see 100 Olympic hopefuls aged between 18 and 25 attend ball patrol boot camp, where they will be trained and tested and whittled down to the final 36.

Jeremy Evans, National Manager for 2012 Activities & Events at Great Britain Hockey, said: “With less than two years to go until the London Olympic Games this is an incredibly exciting time for hockey.  The Olympic hockey tournament is set to be one of the most exciting and most watched sports in London and for us to be able to offer this once in a lifetime opportunity is very special.

“It’s fantastic to be able to work with LOCOG and with the teamwork being shown by England, Scotland and Wales in offering this to fans across the length and breadth of the country, it is a great example of British collaboration even before our teams step onto the pitch.”

Ball Patrol at WCT 2010 #2Following a month long online registration process, which will run from 12 November until noon 13 December 2010, a ballot will be held and 100 aspiring ball persons will be shortlisted for the boot camp, details of which will be announced early in 2011.  

Those wishing to register are invited do so through the Great Britain Hockey website at www.greatbritainhockey.co.uk or the website of their National Governing Body for hockey, either at www.englandhockey.co.uk, www.scottish-hockey.org.uk or www.welsh-hockey.co.uk.   Applicants must be aged between 18 and 25 on 1 January 2011.

The logo for Great Britain HockeyAbout Great Britain Hockey
Great Britain Hockey is the body responsible for the development and administration of hockey in Great Britain related to the Olympic Games. This role includes the preparation, selection and performance of the men's and women's Great Britain hockey squads and their participation in the Olympic Games and other relevant competitions and tournaments. Ultimately, it is the body charged with delivering Olympic success for the sport of hockey.

England Hockey is currently the 'nominated country'. The nominated country has full and complete responsibility to lead the delivery of the Great Britain hockey teams' business operations and performance objectives, to qualify Great Britain hockey teams for the Olympic Games and to ensure the ‘primacy’ of Great Britain Hockey to the extent within its control and in the manner specified in the Agreement. 

The other member associations (currently Wales and Scotland) have agreed to assist the nominated country in the performance of its obligations.