England’s men’s and women’s hockey teams have just over a week to go until they go head-to-head with other European sides in the EuroHockey Championships 2015 in east London.
This year’s tournament will be on home turf at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, which will welcome teams from Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Ireland, Russia and France from the men’s side and teams from Germany Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Scotland, Italy and Poland from the women’s side.
Both England sides qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics but first up is the European championship.
Speaking during a break in training, all-time goal scoring record holder Ashley Jackson, 27, told The Wharf: “This isn’t the priority as much at the moment as we’ve just qualified for Rio, so everything is going into that – but without that this tournament would not have been as enjoyable. It felt amazing to qualify for Rio.
“It’s great to be playing at home this time round. You grow up thinking how great it’ll be to jet off to Barcleona and all these hot places, but now to be just round the corner where you can get a Nandos, it’s great.”
Women’s team player Laura Unsworth, 27, who has 99 caps, said: “I’m really excited to be playing this time in front of a home crowd as we’ve played here before. I want to win my 100th cap against Scotland – it’s that natural rivalry.”
Aug 21 to Aug 30, tickets from £12.50, eurohockey2015.co.uk.