Update: GB teams' training matches in Rio

Practice game vs Holland in Rio

Our Olympians are ramping up preparations for their first matches in the Rio Olympics, with both men and women playing their first competitive fixtures this coming weekend.

With that in mind, they have been training at the Deodoro hockey venue since last week, and both sexes have stepped up their preparations with a series of training matches.

In the latest men's match, our team played three periods of fifteen minutes against The Netherlands, and coach Bobby Crutchley told greatbritainhockey.co.uk, "It was a useful run out for us and while both teams were a bit rusty it will help us get ready for Saturday."

GB ran out on the right end of a 2-1 scoreline, and Bobby continued, "We had some good periods which were interspersed with spells of being slightly off it. Our good play was predominantly about playing at a high enough tempo in possession and being tight in defence, which we know are key parts of our game.”

Crutchley's men face Belgium on Saturday afternoon at 4:30pm UK time, and the game is live on BBC Sport online / red button.

Danny Kerry's women's team are also undertaking important training games, with scheduled matches against Spain and China as they prepare for their opening game against Australia in the early hours of Sunday morning (00:30am), also live on BBC Sport online / red button.

How will you be supporting our teams? As you can see below, White_Rxse on Twitter is certainly showing her backing ahead of the opening weekend!