Foreign Secretary visits GB men's squad

The Great Britain men’s hockey team met Foreign Secretary William Hague today as they ran a coaching clinic at Mountview School in Cape Town.

The Foreign Secretary was in town as part of an official Government visit to South Africa to reinvigorate the UK-South Africa relationship.

Following on from the phenomenal success of their work last year with the FreFlyers, a group of children from East London, Great Britain men’s squad has continued its excellent work with young people as part of the International Inspiration programme, which forms part of the London 2012 legacy.

Great Britain are coming to the end of their two week training camp in South Africa. During the trip GB played three matches against their hosts, who are preparing for an Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Japan at the end of April. The series was tie with each side winning once before drawing Saturday’s final game 3-3.

At Mountview School, members of the Great Britain team demonstrated skills, coached pupils and posed for photos.

See some of the photos from the visit, courtesy of the UK in South Africa Flickr account below.

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Above: William Hague and GB captain Barry Middleton

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Above: William Hague meets some pupils with Barry Middleton watching on.

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Above: GB's James Tindall gives coaching advice to a pupil as the Foreign Secretary watches on.

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Above: Simon Mantell (left) and Mark Pearn (right) with pupils as part of the International Inspiration programme.

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Above: Great Britain's athletes pose with pupils for a group shot.

Starting next week, Great Britain players will be visiting schools around the UK as part of 'Come and Meet', one of the many events on the Hockey Nation programme. To find out more about the Hockey Nation programme click here.