Kate's insight into why hockey's great to watch

Kate Richardson-Walsh with the 2015 UniBet EuroHockey trophy

Great Britain and England captain Kate Richardson-Walsh says she is constantly told by supporters just how impressed they are when they watch hockey for the first time.

The game has changed immeasurably in recent times, and few are better placed than record cap holder Kate to discuss just how the sport has developed on the pitch.

She said, "The game has changed so much. As an example, one of the nicest things about London 2012 was the feedback from spectators about the game itself.

"At an Olympics you get a lot of people who haven't watched hockey before, they got tickets to our matches, and I've lost count of the amount of people who said to me they can't believe how fast the game is, how fast the ball moves, how much running the players do.

"The ball is constantly in play, I think because it's 11-a-side people expect it to be like football, but with the self-pass rule and no offside, we're using the whole pitch and it's flat out for the whole game.

"Players move the ball across big distances in the air and on the ground, they're regularly going at speeds of more than 20kph, the ball is going over 100kph, so the entire game looks great.

"There's always something going on, it's end-to-end, constant action and it's great in that respect."

All of those attributes will be on display at the Hockey Champions Trophy in East London in June. The women's event runs from 18th to 26th June, straight after the men's competition on 10th to 17th.

Kate is aiming to lead the women to more glory on the Olympic Park after success in last year's Euros, and she said, "It's a massive tournament, it's full on, five games in seven days which is good prep for Rio which would be eight in fourteen - all being well! So playing the top sides on home soil will be great."

Tickets begin at just £5 for Under 18s and £20 for adults - incorporating all three matches - as a great tournament gets underway. For the full ticket page please click here.