Today, Great British Hockey have revealed the latest tactical move in their innovative approach to hockey by creating a captaincy position that will be shared by 3 players.
Watch the video below – which is a stunning watch:
Barry Middleton, who has been a dedicated and legendary captain for nearing a decade, has decided to step aside and offer his role to the three players who are eager to take the helm and continue to progress British hockey in this new and unique approach to leadership on the pitch. Although he won’t be in the captain role, he will still be involved with Great British hockey.
The 3 men who have been voted by fellow players to become captains of Great Britain Hockey are George Pinner, Phil Roaper and Ian Sloan – all with a variety of skills and experiences that they can offer to motivate the team both on and off the pitch.
Head Coach Bobby Crutchley’s ambition is that each captain will have greater levels of player accountability, responsibility and shared ownership.
Crutchley has already experienced success with this new formation as Great Britain recently defeated Australia in a high tempo final to win the coveted Azlan Shah Trophy in Malaysia with an impressive score line of 3-1. This was the first time in 23 years that a British team has won the trophy.
Also, England are hoping to see continuing achievement in the World League Semi Finals in London, 15 – 25 June. The tournament will include the likes of Scotland, Argentina, Pakistan and India, to name a few, who all showcase hockey prowess at the top levels.
Crutchley has recently stated:
“I would like to wish George, Phil and Ian the very best of luck and of course I would also like to thank Barry Middleton for his leadership and captaincy over the years. We are very fortunate to have him with us as one of the best players in the world, and I know his leadership qualities will be as prevalent as ever.”
For further information, head on over to the Great Britain Hockey website here.