Athlete Appearances FAQs

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We hope to have answered all your questions regarding athlete appearances below. However if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to email player.appearances@englandhockey.co.uk.

1) How do I request an athlete for my event?
Go to the England Hockey or GB Hockey appearance webpage you will find an information sheet and an application form. Use the information sheet to assist you to complete the form.

2) Which athlete will fulfil my request?
With a ‘Standard request’ any athlete currently on our GB programme can fulfil this request. To see who is currently in each squad, please click here. With this type of request you are not able to specify an athlete. If you which to specify an athlete please submit a ‘Specific Request’.

3) How do I request a specific athlete?
Our standard requests do not allow requesters to specify a specific athlete; anyone on our current programme can fulfil them. If you would like to request a specific athlete, then you need to submit a 'Specific Request’. Here you can name the athlete you wish. Please be aware there may be an additional fee for a specific athletes and this request type does not guarantee your request will be fulfilled.

4) Am I guaranteed an appearance if I apply?
We are afraid that we cannot guarantee any appearance. Once the deadline passes we go out to the athlete group to check their availability. From here we are able to assign and confirm appearances. The nature of being an elite athlete, the player’s time is limited due to programme, club, personal and family commitments. If you would like to see more on what the week of one of our elite athlete’s looks like, please see the ‘Week-in-a-Life’ page. 

5) What if I cannot pay for an appearance?
If you are unable to pay for an appearance please do not panic. As a organisation we are aware that not all organisation can afford a fee. If you are unable to pay, please contact your local Relationship Manager - you can find yours here - and they will be able to assist. 

6) Where does the appearance fee go?
At the end of the year, any fees received for appearances will go the athlete group to decide where the fund should go.

7) When will I hear back after I submit my request?
The information sheet on the appearance deadline provides timeframes for when you will hear back, the dates of which are below. We are afraid we cannot respond prior to these dates.

Appearance Block

Appearance Month

Application Deadline

Appearance Confirmation

Block 1

Jan, Feb and Mar

31st October

Late November

Block 2

Apr, May and Jun

31st January

Mid March

Block 3

Jul, Aug and Sep

30th April

Late May

Block 4

Oct, Nov and Dec

31st July

Late August


8) I am looking for a regular coach, are athletes able to help?
Some athletes do offer coaching services. If you would like the enquire about this, please email player.appearances@englandhockey.co.uk.

9) What happens if I miss the deadline?
We are afraid that if you miss the deadline you will be unable to submit an application in for that block. This is so we can allow the athletes time to plan and organise their time and other commitments. Furthermore working to the timeframes allows those who are fortunate to have an athlete appearance to fully maximise this appearance through detailed planning and preparation.

10) How long is an appearance?
Our appearances are a maximum of two hours. We ask all requestors to respect this and do not ask the athlete to stay beyond their time. Our athletes are often balancing other commitments and/or training around appearances which we would ask people to respect.

11) What can an athlete do during an appearance?
For the athlete appearance, it is down to you what you would like them to do - see the What Can I Expect page for some ideas and case studies. Please note athlete will not be able to join in matches and training due to minimising risk of injury.

12) How can I request signed merchandise for my event/fundraiser?
Due to the large number of requests we receive we are unable to fulfil all requests. However we are now taking in applications on a quarterly basis and once the deadline is passed GB Hockey will pick four requests who will receive a signed donation. Please contact your local Relationship Manager - you can find yours here - and they will be able to assist you to submit a request. The dates and deadlines are below:

Request Block

Application Deadline

Donation Confirmation

Block 1

31st October

Late November

Block 2

31st January

Late February

Block 3

30th April

Late May

Block 4

31st July

Late August



13) Is it possible to have an appearance from an athlete who is not currently on programme?
It is possible to request an athlete appearance for someone who is no longer on programme as we still have connections with them. If you are interested in one of these athletes, their fees may be different from those of standard appearances, but please email player.appearances@englandhockey.co.uk and clearly state who you would like.

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