UK Sport confirms funding levels through to Tokyo 2020

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England and Great Britain Hockey have today received notification of our UK Sport funding for the Tokyo 2020 cycle, and we are very pleased that our athletes’ achievements in inspiring the nation through Olympic success have been recognised.

Hockey returned home from Rio with the largest number of Olympic gold medallists from any British sport, and our women’s gold medal match was voted the people’s highlight in our nation’s most successful modern Olympics.

We will now support a greater number of athletes in our programme, with 80 full or part time contracts to be awarded (40 women and 40 men), up from 64 in the build-up to the Rio games.

With that victory 112 days ago, our athletes achieved their goal of inspiring the future, and since then they have carried that mantle forward with hundreds of school & club visits and countless media & business appearances to further promote the sport. All of these factors combine to ensure we are utilising the gold medal to create a nation where hockey matters, and deliver against UK Sport’s vision of inspiring a nation through Olympic and Paralympic success.

The new funding cycle will enable us to make further strides for both our women and our men and we are clear in our ambition to deliver repeated medal-winning success.

There are separate challenges now for our two squads: for the women, coach Danny Kerry started planning for Tokyo just two days after gold in Rio, and he spoke in the dressing room after the game about the importance of ‘winning after winning.’ For our men, they had a number of positive tournaments in the four-year cycle but we now need to progress this into regular podium finishes. So with the men taking part in the World League on home soil in London in 2017, and the women’s World Cup also in London in 2018, planning is well underway and the challenge begins now.

Chief Executive Sally Munday said, “I would like to thank UK Sport, the National Lottery and the Government for their continued funding of sport in this country and specifically hockey, Rio was a shining example of how the model creates success. For hockey, we are very pleased with the opportunity that our funding affords us, and with 80 athletes on our programme we have a real chance to make a difference, both on the pitch and in terms of visibility for our fantastic sport.

“I have been so proud of our athletes this year, not just with the way our women won gold, but with the way they have harnessed that medal to inspire thousands of people to play and follow hockey. And for our men, they have reflected honestly on their performance in Rio and both we and they are clear what needs to be done to get on the podium in Tokyo.

“I would also like to thank Investec and all of our sponsors, their contribution is vital and this is the perfect time for any new sponsors to come on board at the beginning of a four-year cycle, aligning themselves with a sport that is definitely on the rise.”

Performance Director Ed Barney said, “We are pleased with the outcome of today’s announcement, and the Tokyo cycle can truly begin in earnest now. We made the application to fund more athletes as it gives us a greater chance of continued success, and it is very pleasing that UK Sport recognised the progress we have made in the last few years and our plans for the Tokyo cycle.

“Our women’s team will naturally evolve from Rio, and I am excited about their potential for continued growth. For the men, podium success is paramount and I look forward to making significant strides in this area. We will announce our 80 central athletes in the coming weeks and it is a challenge to all of us to once again inspire the nation through sporting success.”

For the full details of the funding announcement, including reaction from UK Sport, visit the UK Sport website.