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John Willmott

John Willmott – Chair

John Willmott has hockey in his blood as he has been attending hockey matches for most weeks of his life since his birth and has regularly attended many festivals at home and abroad. He still plays veterans hockey for Southgate and summer hockey for Pistons. He has been President of both and has been a Chairman of several businesses over the years. He is a Trustee of Sportsaid’s Eastern Region and a recently retired Chair of a prep school.

John is married with five children and lives in Hungerford, Berkshire. He is from the fifth generation of a family run construction and property company and sat on the National Council of the Chartered Institute of Building. In addition and following his involvement as the Stadium Director for the 1986 Hockey World Cup in London, he became an artificial turf pitch consultant. This was then followed by working as a volunteer at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul for GB Hockey and the British Olympic Association. He has worked on many of the elite hockey installations throughout the UK and for a variety of school and university sports facilities including making many grant aid applications. John was also appointed for the 2012 London Olympics hockey training facility at Chigwell which was replicated at Riverbank.

Mike Smith

Mike Smith – Honorary Curator, President and Trustee

Mike Smith is a 'Baby Boomer' who learned his hockey from the cradle thanks to his hockey enthusiast father who learned his hockey at school in India. He played his first club match at the age of 12 and continued for over fifty years, also taking on administrative roles at club, county and national levels, taking in outdoor, indoor, umpiring and coaching, becoming one of the first Hockey Assocation (HA) coaches in the early 1970s.

In founding specialist hockey company Mercian in 1974, Mike's involvement in hockey became even greater. Shortly after, by marrying hockey player Judy and producing two hockey-playing sons, a total hockey family was created. The birth of Mercian enabled the collection of hockey material of all kinds – maybe the start of The Hockey Museum (THM)?

Involvement in the London World Cup of 1986 saw the first display of hockey memorabilia and planted the seeds of what was to come. In June 1992, with the impending National Hockey Stadium at Milton Keynes, Mike and David Wareham were asked by Phil Appleyard, the then HA President, to become joint honorary curators of The Hockey Museum based at the new stadium. A few ‘ups and downs’ ensued, but in 2011, with Mike retired from Mercian, an offer of a home from Woking Borough Council saw the re-birth of the dream of a dedicated museum for hockey and Mike became one of THM's founder Trustees. The rest, as they say, is history, but that is what THM is all about.

Mike BarfordMike Barford  Treasurer and Trustee

Mike Barford graduated from Cambridge University in 1971 with a degree in Mathematics. After 3 years teaching at Christ's Hospital (CH), he trained as a Chartered Accountant, becoming a partner in 1985 in Deloitte, where he co-founded the Forensic Services Department, specialising in providing expert accounting advice to clients involved in disputes. After retiring in 2003, he was for many years Treasurer of the Surrey Cricket Board and a Trustee of Eastbourne College Inc., and is currently Treasurer of a Charitable Foundation which supports pupils at CH and Treasurer of the University Hockey Match Organising Committee. Mike played hockey for Cambridge University, Sussex and Richmond, of which he is a former 1st XI captain and club President. He also played cricket for Cambridge University, and retains an active role in several cricket clubs. Since 2006, he has led the volunteer team in the CH Museum, where he is Honorary Curator.

Heather Dichter

Heather Dichter  Trustee

Dr. Heather Dichter is associate professor of sport management and sport history in the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester. She is the programme leader for DMU’s Sport Management MSc and also teaches on the Sports History and Culture MA.

Heather’s research focuses on sport and diplomacy, with a particular focus on the occupation of Germany and the Cold War. Her books include Bidding for the 1968 Olympic Games: NATO's Cold War Battle with International Sport (Massachusetts, 2021), Soccer Diplomacy: International Relations and Football since 1914 (Kentucky, 2020), and, with Andrew Johns, Diplomacy Games: Sport, Statecraft, and International Relations since 1945 (Kentucky, 2014).

Heather studied history at the University of Michigan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Toronto, where she earned her PhD in 2008. She has previously taught at Ithaca College and Western Michigan University before moving to England in 2017. She grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the heartland of field hockey in the United States and home of Spooky Nook, where the US Women’s National Team was based for several years.

Heather brings her academic and research experience to support The Hockey Museum’s activities.

imogen gibbonImogen Gibbon – Trustee

Imogen Gibbon graduated from the University of St Andrews with an MA (Hons) in Art History, subsequently gained an MSc in Archive Administration from Aberystwyth University. From 1997 until 2002 she was Curator of Historic Photographs and Ship Plans at the National Maritime Museum Greenwich before moving on to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2002 to became Senior Curator of the Reference Section. In 2013, she took up her current role of Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery where she has been responsible for initiating and delivering many successful exhibitions.

For Imogen, the development of The Hockey Museum's collection – both the objects and archives  is pivotal to achieving the objective of placing the Museum at the centre of the heritage of hockey in the UK and internationally. She looks forward to bringing her twenty-plus years of professional museum and gallery experience to assisting with the development and exhibition of the collection, the world’s leading hockey museum and archive.

Mike JoyceMike Joyce – International Hockey Federation-nominated Trustee

Mike Joyce graduated from the University of Leicester in 1997 with a degree in Sport Science and Mathematics.

Born to a hockey family of Anglo-Indian decent, Mike is passionate about the sport. He has been a player, coach, umpire, club official and volunteer all his life, and has held various professional roles in hockey and wider sport. He co-founded Futures Sports, a provider of international residential hockey camps, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2021.

Following six years as the National Development Manager for England Hockey from 1999 to 2005, Mike moved to Switzerland to help run a ski school and to lecture in Sport Science. Since then, he has held positions with the International Olympic Committee, was Executive Director of The Hockey Foundation and now heads up Education & Development for the International Hockey Federation. Out of work, Mike is a member of Stade Lausanne Hockey Club and Head Coach of Switzerland U18 Boys.

David KnappDavid Knapp – Trustee

Being a Cranleigh schoolboy, David Knapp’s club playing career commenced in 1975 with the Old Cranleighan Hockey Club (OCHC) and after 18 years playing at Bournville, Guildford and Hounslow he returned 'home' in 1995. The last 27 years have seen him in various voluntary roles at OCHC from men’s 1st team coach/manager, ladies’ 1st team coach, and club captain. Aside from hockey, his spare time has been spent involved with various community projects, conservation initiatives and being a trustee in two local charities, all in the village where he lives.

David said: “Having played hockey since the age of 9, it is a real privilege to be able to put something back into the sport following my election as a trustee of The Hockey Museum. Following my recent retirement after 40 years as a practicing solicitor, I am now able to devote time and effort to increasing awareness of The Hockey Museum and assisting my fellow trustees in their quest to continue its remarkable growth.”

Claire McQuillan

Claire McQuillan – Trustee

Claire McQuillan is a heritage professional with over a decade of experience in conservation, collections care, exhibition curation, research, and audience development. She has worked with national organisations, independent museums, and cultural organisations to deliver strategies for collections care and collections management to ensure that heritage objects and stories are preserved in the best possible way to inspire current and future users.


  • Development of a heritage strategy to preserve England Athletics’ heritage objects.
  • The acquisition, transfer, treatment and cataloguing of the collections of the Museum of Knots and Sailors Ropework for Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, to support a major gallery redevelopment, opened in early 2022.
  • Researching, developing and co-curating multiple temporary and permanent exhibitions and associated digital content for The Historic Dockyard Chatham including Hidden Heroines (2021), an exploration of women’s roles in the Royal Navy and shore establishments over the past four centuries, and Untold Stories (2018) in association with Medway African and Caribbean Association, uncovering and celebrating the contributions of black people in Kent across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Claire has experience of developing and delivering training in conservation and collections care for staff, volunteers and specialist interest groups, and has presented to the Institute of Conservation (ICON) on the treatment of archaeological artefacts. She holds a Masters Degree in Conservation of Cultural Heritage and works as a mentor with various universities.

Claire’s interest in sport began at an early age, inspired by her sporting family. Although a decidedly mediocre athlete across many disciplines, she continues to enjoy sport in its many forms and is excited to be able to combine her professional interests with the sport of hockey.

Clio OSullivan

Clio O'Sullivan – Trustee

Clio O’Sullivan (@ClioCliona) is Head of Public Engagement and Communications at Chawton House. Her goal is to engage a wider audience through curating exhibitions, delivering an exciting events programme, and broadening Chawton House’s presence on various social media platforms. She has curated two exhibitions, Man Up! (2020-'21) and A Costume of Sport (2022). Her hockey connections began at the age of 11 when she joined Cheam Ladies and whilst studying at the University of Southampton she played for the Ladies XI during the year when they were promoted into the Premier BUCS league and held various positions on committee including, Social Media Secretary, Mixed Captain and Vice Club Captain.

Alongside her work at Chawton House, in 2022 Clio completed her PhD in English (creative writing). Occasionally she dresses in period clothing!

Tochi Panesar

Tarlochan Singh Panesar – Trustee

Tochi Panesar has been very passionate about hockey for as long as he can remember. His family can vouch for this as, over the years, hockey may have taken priority over the odd family engagement!

Tochi was born in the Indian state of Punjab. At the age of five he and his family migrated to Nairobi, Kenya where his love of hockey was sparked. In 1971 he finally settled in England when he moved to South London.

The first club he joined in England was Merton Hockey Club, followed by Hampstead HC. In 1975 he joined Spencer Hockey Club and has been loyal to them ever since! At Spencer, Tochi captained the First XI in the 1980s for six years, played for most of the teams on the ‘way down’ and has since captained the Masters team for a number of years. He had also enjoyed being an integral part of the club’s leadership, taking on the roles of Club Captain, Chairman and President of the Hockey Club. He went on to be Chairman of the Spencer multi-sports club for ten years (hockey, cricket, squash, tennis, and lacrosse), a role he was proud to undertake.

Tochi has played county hockey and has been a member of prominent invitational clubs, for example London Indians, Lusitanians, and Members HC, forging strong friendships along the way. He has also enjoyed coaching both colts teams and senior teams, and has played and managed the Surrey over 60s team, and the South Divisional over 60s and 65s teams. Tochi still enjoys regularly playing for the Spencer Grand Masters team. He also played in the over 65s Masters World Cup in Barcelona in 2018 and the European Cup in Antwerp in 2019.

In business Tochi worked in the IT industry with Lloyds Bank for 30 years, specifically within the banking service delivery and infrastructure environment, where he held a number of senior roles and delivered major infrastructure projects. He retired in 2004 and since then he has spent time with family, taken on voluntary roles at Spencer and also worked as an IT freelancer.

Nick Pink

Nick Pink – England Hockey-nominated Trustee

Nick Pink has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of England Hockey and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Great Britain Hockey since November 2019. Nick came from England Golf where he was CEO for four years. He has a background in sports administration having worked for the International Cricket Council, UK Sport and the Youth Sport. Nick is a hockey enthusiast, and has played, coached and umpired across the country.

pdfYou can post a cheque or cash to THM. If you are a UK resident and able to make the required declaration, you can add Gift Aid to your donation (see “Gift Aid” below). If you are sending us cash or a cheque and wish to add Gift Aid you will need to print off and complete a Gift Aid form (PDF icon to the right) and return it to us along with your donation.

Please post cheque or cash donations to:

FAO Mike Barford
The Hockey Museum

13 High Street
GU21 6BL

United Kingdom


Gift Aid

The Gift Aid scheme is for gifts of money by individuals who pay UK tax. Gift Aid donations are regarded as having basic rate tax deducted by the donor. The Hockey Museum take your donation, which is money you've already paid tax on, and reclaim the basic rate tax from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on its 'gross' equivalent' – the amount before basic rate tax was deducted. If you give £10 using Gift Aid, it’s worth £12.50 to THM.

pdfShould you wish, you have the option to set up regular donations to The Hockey Museum or to become a Friend of The Hockey Museum by standing order. To do this you need to contact your bank, provide them with THM’s bank account details (below) and instruct them to set up a standing order between your account and ours for the amount you wish to donate. You can do this by phone, in branch or online. Alternatively, you can complete the Standing Order Form (downloadable by clicking the first PDF icon) and send it to your bank.

Please note: If the total annual sum you donate by standing order is equal to the minimum donation for one of the Friend levels, we will assign you that status unless you instruct us otherwise.pdf

With your standing order set up, please ensure that you contact the Museum using our online form, informing us of your standing order, its amount and your name and address. If you are a UK Tax Payer eligible for Gift Aid, please also send us a completed Gift Aid form (downloadable from the second, adjacent PDF icon) so we can claim back a further 25% of your donation from HMRC. We will email or write you back confirming receipt of your first donation and your award of Friend status.


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Other Ways to Donate

For alternative ways to donate such as standing order, cheque, or to leave a financial legacy to The Hockey Museum, please click here: Support The Hockey Museum | hockeymuseum.net


The Hockey Museum needs your support to continue to preserve, research, share and celebrate the history and heritage of hockey.

As a registered charity (1170979) The Hockey Museum relies on grants and donations from individuals, trusts, foundations, and government organisations. The museum is grateful for the annual donation it receives from England Hockey, and for the ongoing support from Woking Borough Council.

Can you help to support The Hockey Museum? Why not consider the different options to make a one-off or regular donation?

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Donate Online

Donating online is simple and quick, and enables you to make a one-off or regular annual donation to the Museum.


Become a Friend of The Hockey Museum

In return for an recurring annual donation of as little as £30 you can become a Friend of The Hockey Museum. Not only does this help secure the future of The Hockey Museum but it will also give you a range of unique benefits.


Other Ways to Donate

You can also donate by Standing Order, or you can send a donation using a cheque or cash via post to The Hockey Museum.


Leave A Legacy

If you would like to leave a financial legacy in your Will to support the future of The Hockey Museum, please contact us directly.
If you have artefacts or a hockey archive you would like to share with us, please visit this page.



The Hockey Museum is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join us. Our ever-growing group of volunteers bring a range of skills and experiences, working both at our Museum in Woking or remotely from home – there is no fixed time required to be committed. From players and officials of the game, to sporting historians and history enthusiasts, to those who have skills, interest and the spare time to support the museum, please contact us – we would love to hear from you!



How Will Your Support Make A Difference?

From humble beginnings THM obtained formal museum Accreditation from the Arts Council in 2018. Now we need your support to continue to work towards building a world-class museum for hockey.

We have ambitious plans but without your support we cannot deliver these. Potential future projects include:

  • The design and delivery of new exhibitions
  • The design and delivery of a new library and reading room
  • The continued preservation and conservation of the Museum’s collections
  • The realisation of a curriculum-focused education programme for school children
  • The design and delivery of a dedicated education space for school groups and hockey clubs
  • Increased accessibility to the Museum’s collections through digitisation projects
  • The continuation of oral history interviews with members of the hockey family across all levels of the sport
  • Continued research into the history of hockey; and
  • The continued employment of professional staff for the Museum.


We need your help to make all this happen. 

Please support us on this exciting journey.

If you are already a Friend of The Hockey Museum or you have made an online financial donation to The Hockey Museum, LoveAdmin (our administrative system) will have automatically created an account for you using the details you provided. If you would like to update any of these details (e.g. change your email address), you can do so by logging in to your account below.

Need to update your address for Gift Aid purposes? Again, if you have made an online financial donation to The Hockey Museum and opted to Gift Aid your donation then you can change your address details by logging in below. However, if you donated by standing order or filled out a paper Gift Aid for you will need to contact THM Treasurer, Mike Barford, with the relevant changes. You can do this via our contact form.

You can cancel your status as a Friend of The Hockey Museum and any regular donations from your account too – but please reconsider. If you are thinking of cancelling for any reason other than a change in your financial situation, please get in touch on the above email address and tell us why. We'd love to know why you've changed your mind and what we can do to improve things.

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The Hockey Museum (THM) is looking for new volunteers.

It’s an exciting time to be a part of THM. As the only museum for hockey in the world, THM has grown rapidly driven by an ambitious and dedicated team of trustees and volunteers. There’s an authentic buzz around the activity that happens here, and you can get involved too.


What Can You Do For THM?

THM needs more volunteers to help us grow and achieve our ambitions.

Being a relatively new museum there is so much of the history of the sport just waiting to be tackled, whether it is a research project, collections work, or a project to share the wonderful stories and objects we’ve been able to bring together.

You can glean an appreciation of the range of collection and research areas from the "Artefacts & Archives" and "Research & Study Topics" sections of the website.

You can volunteer regularly or occasionally, or on a project-specific basis. It’s flexible; it all depends on how much time you want to give.

You can volunteer at THM’s home in Woking, Surrey, or you can undertake volunteering responsibilities remotely. You need not be a hockey person or a historian either. We’re confident we can find something to grab your interest.

You can discover the wide variety of volunteering opportunities available with THM through the Volunteer Roles document downloadable at the bottom of the page.


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What Can THM Do For You?

We really value the dedication and time given by our volunteers. When you volunteer with THM, you will:

  • Have the option to embrace opportunities for training and improving your skills;
  • Be invited to our annual Volunteers’ Day and regular online Hockee Coffee meetings: discover what your colleagues are working on and have your say on THM’s plans;
  • Be invited to join our bi-annual away-day trips to other museums;
  • Have the opportunity to attend THM events and exhibition openings;
  • Be added to the THM Mailing List;
  • Have the opportunity for access to international hockey tournaments if, in your capacity as a THM volunteer, you are servicing the Museum's contribution therein; and
  • Receive and sign the Volunteer Handbook (formalising our commitment to you and yours to us, as well as being chock full of useful guidance).


Join THM Team

wordIf you are interested in becoming a volunteer with The Hockey Museum, please get in touch through our contact form. Please download the Volunteer Application Form once you've initiated contact by clicking the Microsoft Word icon.

pdfSome of the areas where we are looking for volunteer support are listed below.

Please note: some roles may already be covered by existing volunteers, but a load shared is a load halved and it might just free you both up for a little more variety too.

  • Collection Area Lead
  • Collections Cataloguer
  • Research Lead
  • Researcher
  • Photographer
  • Enquiries 
  • Graphic Designer
  • Publicity
  • Marketing
  • Storyteller
  • Social Media
  • Shop Manager
  • Front of House
  • Fundraising
  • Human Resources
  • Regional Networking
  • Webmaster & IT Support
  • Project Volunteer

For a more in-depth breakdown of these areas, you can download the Volunteer Roles document (PDF icon above).

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What Is The Friends Of The Hockey Museum?

Collectively, the Friends of The Hockey Museum are a group of individuals who have an affinity with the Museum and are prepared to support it with regular or annual financial donations.


Who Can Join?

Anyone who holds the Museum in sufficient regard to make regular annual or monthly donations to support its ongoing development.


Why Medals?

Competing at the Olympic Games is the pinnacle of personal hockey achievement and the Olympic hockey medals held by THM are a cherished part of our collection. We want our supporters to feel just as valued and, to reflect this, the levels of the Friends initiative are categorised by medal type.


How Long Am I A Friend For?

THM Friend status is ongoing from the date of the first donation for as long as your donation payments continue.


What Will I Get For My Financial Support?

In addition to the knowledge you are supporting the ongoing development of the Museum, you will receive special benefits relative to the Friend level you choose. Every supporter is highly valued by THM though benefits increase from Bronze to Silver to Gold in recognition of the higher financial support.


Can I Gift Friend Status To Another Person?

Yes, but you will need to provide the recipient's contact details (email address, physical address etc.) to do so. To gift Friend status to another person, simply sign up in the same way you would sign up for yourself (including your bank/card details) but in the intial stages of the online form you need to give us the contact details of the recipient rather than your own.


Who Or What Is LoveAdmin?

LoveAdmin is a secure, online software for membership management. THM uses LoveAdmin to manage online donations. Just as the software makes it easy for you to sign up as a THM Friend or donate, it also makes the administration easy for us too. Visit their website to find out more.


What Is GoCardless?

GoCardless is THM's chosen agent for facilitating Direct Debits. GoCardless is sponsored and approved by Royal Bank of Scotland. It is registered as a Small Payment Institution with the FCA (successor to the FSA). Visit their website to find out more.


What Is PayPal?

PayPal a worldwide online payments system that supports online money transfers and serves as an electronic alternative to traditional paper methods like checks and money orders. Visit their website to find out more.


What Is Gift Aid?

If you are a UK resident and you pay tax, then you can choose (and please do) to add Gift Aid to your donation. This will enable The Hockey Museum to claim and additional 25p for every £1 you donate from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). The option to opt in to Gift Aid is included on the Friends online registration form or downloadable from the other relevant donation pages such as Donate By Standing Order or Donate by Post.

For more information visit the UK Government website.


How Else Can I Donate?

We would be delighted to receive additional donations. As part of the online sign-up process, there is an option to add a one-off donation on top of your regular donation to become a Friend of The Hockey Museum.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to become a Friend but would still like to donate, or if you wish to donate a different amount to those proffered by the Friends levels, you can find out how on our Donate page.

Regular annual donations greater than Gold Friend status will be assigned Friend status unless you notify THM by email (Philip Kimberley on our contact form).


Can I Leave A Legacy?

Yes you certainly can; visit the Leave a Legacy page of our website.


How Can I Cancel My Friend Subscription Or Donation?

If you are a Friend of The Hockey Museum or you have made a financial donation to The Hockey Museum, the administrative system we use, LoveAdmin, will have automatically created an account for you using the details you provided. You can cancel your Friend status or regular donation by logging in to your account and choosing the appropriate option.

We’d rather you didn’t though, so if you are thinking of cancelling for any reason other than a change in your financial situation, please get in touch (email at the top of the page) and tell us why. We'd love to know why you've changed your mind and what we can do to improve things.

Login into your LoveAdmin account from the Manage Your Details page.

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Support The Hockey Museum from as little as £30 per year

Contribute to the creation of a world-class museum for hockey



When you become a Friend of The Hockey Museum you are supporting us regularly to deliver a world-class museum and home for hockey’s heritage. Reliable income from regular or annual donations helps The Hockey Museum plan for a sustainable future. Your donation ensures we can continue to meet our ambitious plans as the world’s only museum for hockey.

Our Friends scheme costs as little as £30 per year (just £2.50 per month), and in return for helping to support the development and growth of The Hockey Museum, you will also receive a range of unique benefits.


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Your generosity will make a tremendous difference to the Museum. To show your support, choose which level of the Friends Scheme you are interested in and sign up easily online by clicking the circular button below.

Simply select “Regular” donation and input the amount and how often you’d like to give (monthly, quarterly or yearly). If the annual total of your regular donation(s) is equal or greater than £30 you will be a Friend of The Hockey Museum.


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Alternatively, if you would prefer, you can donate via Standing Order (please note, this will take a little longer for us to process as a volunteer-run charity).

 If you have questions on the Friends scheme, please seethe FAQs page.

At the start of 2016, The Hockey Museum launched an exciting UK-wide competition for primary schools, with the winning design being displayed at the 2016 Champions Trophy in London and at The Hockey Museum.

The competition, supported by The National Hockey Foundation, invited children to design their own piece of two-dimensional artwork about the sport of hockey, using South American influences.

A bumper batch of entries was received! Judges Helen Richardson-Walsh (Great Britain and England Hockey player), George Pinner (Great Britain and England Hockey Goalkeeper) and Ben Rea (National Hockey Foundation) had an enjoyable but challenging role in selecting the winning entries.

Ten-year-old Alice Hannan from The Holy Family Catholic Primary School in Surrey designed the winning entry superimposing the flag of Brazil over a hockey pitch with the addition of a hockey stick pattern.

Twenty-one other winners were named as Highly Commended entries and win a set of art materials for their own use and some art vouchers for their schools.

"The standard of entries was fantastic with a variety of techniques and it was extremely hard to pick one overall winner" says Helen Richardson-Walsh. "I loved how the winning entry incorporated a hockey pitch into the Brazilian flag with the subtle use of hockey sticks adding texture to the overall feel."

All of the winning entries can be seen here.

The Winning entry was designed by:
Alice Hannan, 10, The Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Addlestone, Surrey.

The Highly Commended entries were designed by (in age order):
Alfie, 5, Foxhills Infant School, Southampton, Hampshire.
Amelia, 5, Foxhills Infant School, Southampton, Hampshire.
Finn, 5, Foxhills Infant School, Southampton, Hampshire.
Ruby, 7, Castlehills Primary School, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Isabel, 9, The Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Addlestone, Surrey.
Anya, 9, Hook Junior School, Hook, Hampshire
Elisha, 10, The Brent Primary School, Dartford, Kent
Jessica, 9, Hook Junior School, Hook, Hampshire
Saira, 9, Grove Primary School, Romford, Essex
Cherry, 10, Kings Heath Primary School, Birmingham
Ella, 10, Yalding St Peter and St Paul Primary School, Yalding, Kent
Ellie, 10, The Brent Primary School, Dartford, Kent
Jay, 10, Temple Mill Primary School, Strood, Kent.
Rowan, 10, The Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Addlestone, Surrey.
Devon, 11, Holywood Primary School, County Down, Northern Ireland
Eloise, 11, The Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Addlestone, Surrey.
Georgia, 11, Yalding St Peter and St Paul Primary School, Yalding, Kent
Katie-Lee, 11, Castlehills Primary School, Doncaster, South Yorkshire

"The competition was a huge success and a great platform from which to begin our education programme" says Jon Rye, volunteer Education Officer at The Hockey Museum. "All of the Trustees and volunteers at The Hockey Museum have been impressed by the calibre of artwork received, and will enjoy promoting the competition winners during our Champions Trophy exhibition."

"The National Hockey Foundation has a particular interest in encouraging Junior Hockey and is pleased to be able to sponsor this project linking Art and Sport with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games" says Ben Rea, Trustee of The National Hockey Foundation. "The Foundation is full of admiration for both the high standard of the work and the large number of entries."

If you have any questions about the Art of Hockey competition or our education programme, please email Jon Rye, THM Education Officer, using the contact form.

Online education resources are currently being developed for The Hockey Museum's education programme, but in the meantime the following resources were produced for the Art of Hockey competition.

• Inspiration Poster – Carving
• Inspiration Poster – Sculpture
• Inspiration Poster – Modernist Style Print
• Inspiration Poster – Oil Painting
• Inspiration Poster – Portrait

If you have any questions about the Art of Hockey competition or our education programme, please email Jon Rye, THM Education Officer, using the contact form.


The Peter Savage Oral History Collection

An Introduction To The Peter Savage Oral History Collection

The Hockey Museum (THM) has chosen to dedicate its Oral History Collection to Peter Savage, the well respected hockey photographer and journalist. His Talk Hockey Radio interviews were the catalyst for the Museum's collection of oral histories and you will soon be able to discover Peter's interviews on this site alongside interviews from THM's continuously growing collection of oral histories. There was a time when museums were all about objects and paper archives, but...

Oral History Interview: Alan Walker

Oral History Interview: Alan Walker

Lieutenant Commander Alan Walker was a driving force in Navy hockey and a prominent coach in the south of England. He was known as ‘Mr Hockey’ in Navy circles such was his commitment to the game. In this interview, he recalls his hockey playing career in the Royal Navy and his transition to coaching and management where he really made his name, primarily within the Armed Forces but also with...

Oral History Interview: Anita White

Oral History Interview: Anita White

Anita White is a former international player and current academic. She is also the former President of Great Britain Hockey. White played for England at Wembley Stadium and represented her country at international tournaments in the 1970s. As well as recalling her international career, in this interview she discusses the Anita White Foundation, which evolved out of her work with the Women In Sport Foundation, combining feminist activism with scholarship....

Oral History Interview: Anne Ellis

Oral History Interview: Anne Ellis

Anne Ellis has enjoyed a distinguished career as an international player and coach whilst her off-the-field administrative roles within the game have encompassed national and international federations. In this interview Anne recalls her journey through hockey, from international tournaments and playing at Wembley Stadium to becoming President of Hockey Wales. She discusses captaincy and coaching, friendships forged and Honours gained as well as offering her views on the current game....

Oral History Interview: Audrey Appleby

Oral History Interview: Audrey Appleby

Audrey Appleby is best known as an international umpire. She umpired women's international matches at Wembley Stadium and went to become a successful umpire coach and assessor. Over the course of her hockey career Appleby witnessed a variety of rules changes and the introduction of artificial turf which altered the game dramatically from that which she had first known as a player. Image courtesy of Audrey Appleby

Oral History Interview: Bernard (Bernie) Cotton

Oral History Interview: Bernard (Bernie) Cotton

Bernie Cotton is a former England and Great Britain international player and captain who represented his country on international tours, at European and World Cups and at the Olympic Games. He went on to coach GB men at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games working under Roger Self before managing England and succeeding Self as GB Manager. Image courtesy of Bernie Cotton

Oral History Interview: Biddy Burgum

Oral History Interview: Biddy Burgum

Biddy Burgum was a versatile sportswoman and England international hockey player who toured to South Africa. She was a teacher at Bedford and Chelsea PE Colleges and went on to become a respected coach, developing young talent but also training hockey coaches. In this interview Burgum also discusses her interest in recreational photography and the development of the hockey stick. Image courtesy of Biddy Burgum

Oral History Interview: Brenda Read

Oral History Interview: Brenda Read

Brenda Read is a former England international player who coached several national teams and was instrumental, as Secretary of the International Hockey Federation's (FIH) Equipment Committee, in the development of the artificial pitch. Brenda describes how this was achieved and the knock-on effects on hockey sticks, shoes, players and on the game generally. Image courtesy of Mike Smith

Oral History Interview: Christopher Todd

Oral History Interview: Christopher Todd

Chris Todd became England's youngest international umpire in 1974. In this interview he recalls the World and European Cups, Champions Trophies and Olympic and Pan American Games in which he has umpired. As well as his biographical accounts, Todd discusses the impact of rule changes and reflects on the varied playing styles and rule interpretations of different nations. Image courtesy of Christopher Todd

Oral History Interview: Francis (Howard) Davis

Oral History Interview: Francis (Howard) Davis

Francis (Howard) Davis describes how he made progress from school hockey through to England - partly due to the misfortunes of others - and went on to achieve a record-breaking 81 caps for England and Great Britain through three Olympic Games. Images courtesy of Howard Davis and Mike Smith

Oral History Interview: Freddie Martin

Oral History Interview: Freddie Martin

  Freddie Martin is best known as a former Ireland international player and was part of the first Irish squad to go to a World Cup in 1978. As well as reflecting on his international career, in this interview Martin offers insight into the rise and fall of Hounslow Hockey Club for whom he played before coaching them to the EuroHockey Cup Winners' Cup in 1990. He was also involved...

Oral History Interview: Hamish Jamson

Oral History Interview: Hamish Jamson

Hamish Jamson is an international umpire who has umpired at Champions Trophies, EuroHockey Championships and Olympics. He speaks with particular affection of the London 2012 Olympic Games and looks back on the learning curve that was touring, as an umpire, with England to Australia in 1995. Jamson reflects on the evolution of modern hockey and different styles of play discussing how they have impacted on umpiring during the course of...

Oral History Interview: Janet (Jane) Sixsmith

Oral History Interview: Janet (Jane) Sixsmith

Jane Sixsmith is an England and Great Britain international player who competed at four consecutive Olympic Games between 1988 and 2000. She also won a Gold Medal with England at the Brussels 1991 EuroHockey Championships. As well as recalling her international experiences in detail, Sixsmith discusses her early years of hockey in the Midlands, her career outside of hockey and reflects on the impact of National Lottery funding and the...

Oral History Interview: Jennifer (Jenny) Cardwell

Oral History Interview: Jennifer (Jenny) Cardwell

Jenny Cardwell is a former international player, coach and manager. As well as reflecting on her playing career, Cardwell recalls her transition to coaching at county and territory level before being appointed by England. She discusses the hurdles she faced coaching international hockey at a time when the England setup was, by today's standards, amateur and recalls her appointment of and working relationship with innovative Assistant Coach Sue Slocombe who...

Oral History Interview: John Peake

Oral History Interview: John Peake

John Peake is an England and Great Britain international hockey player. He studied mechanical engineering at Cambridge University and, after graduating, he joined the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors where he also played hockey. In 1948, John was selected to represent Great Britain in the London Olympic Games at the age of 23. Despite hardly being able to train together, the squad went on to win a silver medal. Until...

Oral History Interview: John Peake and Tony Nunn

Oral History Interview: John Peake and Tony Nunn

In this oral history interview, England and Great Britain hockey internationals John Peake (standing) and Anthony "Tony" Nunn (seated) fondly reminisce over their hockey years. Despite being of similar age (a three-year age gap) and hockey-playing contemporaries, their international careers did not cross. Together they reflect on their similar and differing experiences of hockey in 1940s and 1950s England. They discuss their route into hockey, the important impact their years...

Oral History Interview: Laurie Alcock

Oral History Interview: Laurie Alcock

Laurie Alcock, aka 'Mr Cannock', has been playing hockey since 1954. He remains heavily committed to the administration of hockey in Staffordshire and the Midlands and gives his insights to the challenges faced during the merger of the Hockey Association (HA) and the All England Women's Hockey Association (AEWHA) and the transition to the English Hockey Association (EHA) in 1996. Alcock is also an administrator for the English Schools' Athletic...

Oral History Interview: Leandro Negre

Oral History Interview: Leandro Negre

Leandro Negre is an ex-Spanish international goalkeeper and former President of the International Hockey Federation (FIH). He recalls being thrust into his club first team as an under 16 and his progression through to international hockey representing Spain at the Mexico City 1968 Olympic Games. Negre also reveals his rise as an administrator, from Catalonia through Spain and the European Hockey Federation (EHF) to FIH President. Image courtesy of Katie...

Oral History Interview: Margaret (Maggie) Souyave

Oral History Interview: Margaret (Maggie) Souyave

Maggie Souyave is a former international captain and coach. In this interview Souyave recalls her England playing career with specific reference to her experiences at Wembley Stadium and the 1975 IFWHA World Championship in Edinburgh. She discusses her appointment as Director of Player Performance for the English Hockey Association (EHA), coaching England women and the pioneering the use of video analysis as hockey became increasingly more professional. Souyave also reflects...

Oral History Interview: Martin Gotheridge

Oral History Interview: Martin Gotheridge

Martin Gotheridge is best known for his administrative work within hockey but he was also a National League umpire and an international match official. In this interview he charts his rise to becoming President of the European Hockey Federation (EHF), reflects on the financial difficulties that lead to the demise of the English Hockey Association (EHA) and his role in establishing the English league system and move towards increased professionalism...

Oral History Interview: Monica Pickersgill

Oral History Interview: Monica Pickersgill

Monica Pickersgill was the last President of the All England Women's Hockey Association (AEWHA). She oversaw its merger with the Hockey Association (HA) whereupon she became the first President of the newly formed English Hockey Association (EHA). She was also President of the Northern Counties Hockey Association (NCHA). Monica discusses her playing career that included captaining Yorkshire and representing the North. She reflects on her route into administraton by way...

Oral History Interview: Morley Pecker

Oral History Interview: Morley Pecker

Morley Pecker is a man who, in his own words, has "worn many hats" within hockey. He is a former international umpire, administrator and photographer. In this interview Pecker recalls his experiences of officiating at the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games in Munich and Montreal respectively; he charts his involvement with the European Hockey Federation (EHF) and the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and reflects on the changing face of European...

Oral History Interview: Patricia (Pat) Ward

Oral History Interview: Patricia (Pat) Ward

Pat Ward talks of her life as the Editor of Hockey Field until its demise; she tells of her time as President of Cornwall Hockey Association (CHA) and of the Western Counties Women's Hockey Association (WCWHA) where she was instrumental in the forming of a pioneering league involving all the clubs in the South West of England. Ward recalls her long interest in photography that culminated in pictures of the Queen...

Oral History Interview: Peter Child

Peter Child is best known for his involvement with the internationally touring Angels Hockey Club of the 1960s and for his administrative role in setting up the World Grand Masters Association (WGMA) in 2002, whereupon he became its inaugural President.

Oral History Interview: Peter Savage

Oral History Interview: Peter Savage

Peter Savage is a policeman turned hockey photographer and journalist. He tells of his early playing career and how his passion for hockey manifested itself in broadcast and written journalism and in sports photography. Peter explores the technical and logistical challenges of his hobby turned profession before discussing his personal battle with terminal cancer. He has covered four hockey World Cups, several European Championships and Champions Trophies and, of course,...

Oral History Interview: Richard Dodds

Oral History Interview: Richard Dodds

Richard Dodds talks about his progress in hockey culminating in reaching the Great Britain squad. He recalls their last minute call up to the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games and describes in detail how Great Britain won the Gold Medal in Seoul in 1988. He mentions his time in hockey administration, his views on the new rules and the friendships and regrets he has experienced. Image courtesy of Richard Dodds


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