Great Britain team mates support Blue Sticks

Alan Forsyth (Centre) will be hoping to fire Scotland to glory on home turf

Great Britain’s hockey players are taking part in a coaching day at Surbiton Hockey club to help the Scottish men’s team as they bid to qualify for next summer’s World Cup.

Money from the coaching day on Wednesday 31 May will be going towards the Scottish men’s team funds as they bid to qualify for the World Cup with Giselle Ansley, Sarah Haycroft, Brendan Creed, Harry Gibson, Liam Ansell and Hannah Martin all taking part.

Chris Grassick, a Scotland and Great Britain player who plays for Surbiton, came up with the idea after discussing it with the clubs director of colts and board member Fred Moore.

Grassick said: “Surbiton are very keen to support the Blue sticks in any way they can and a hockey camp seemed like the best way to generate as many funds as possible whilst also giving something back to the kids at the club and the wider community.

“The support from the group of Great Britain players has been genuinely awesome. All of the group have a pretty busy schedule and rest days don't come around that often, so having so many offers their time is fantastic and shows the generosity of our squads.”

Scotland men’s team have gone above expectation and qualified for this summer’s Hockey world League Semi-final in London at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis centre, the furthest they have ever been before. 

They will take on world giants such as Holland, India and possibly Great Britain team mates, England. They have been fundraising to help get the team there where they have a chance to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Rio Gold medallist and Surbiton player Ansley will be one of the guest coaches at the coaching camp. She said: “Having had a large number of the Scottish guys playing at Surbiton over the last couple of years, I thought it would be a great way to get involved and show my support. 

“We at England and GB hockey are incredibly fortunate that we are supported by the National Lottery. Whereas these guys have to raise all the funds themselves to get to this World level tournament, having gone through two rounds of qualification already.

“It's also a fantastic way for us as players to continue to inspire the future and keep being the difference by taking part in coaching days like this one.”

Alan Forsyth, Scotland and GB player was the England Hockey Men’s Premier league top scorer for a second year and will be helping out on the day too.

Forsyth said: “Following the Great Britain men’s success winning the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup out in Malaysia, I am very much looking forward to competing with Scotland at the World League semi finals in London. With Scotland men not having the best of funding to support us for all the training and competitions we have, the team had put together multiple ideas on how we can fundraise to help us reach our target.

“Some of the boys helping out are Surbiton and Great Britain team mates but they also represent England so will be competing at World League Semi-final for their home nation so it is great to have them come out and support us and Scottish Hockey men.”

For more information about the coaching camp please click here 

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