Our World Class Players

James Albery

James is an extraordinary talent who has always worked incredibly hard on his game. A player who has worked his way through the single system he played at the U21 Junior World Cup in Delhi, followed by another appearance in the 2016 edition of the competition. A tenacious defender, predominately representing his country at half back and centre half. He is also a dangerous striker with an excellent backhand and impressive strike rate. He was named Hockey Writers’ Club Junior Player of the Year Award in 2011. He has also captained the England U23 side which won a Bronze medal in the Volvo 6 Nations tournament in Breda. More recently he was a key member of the GB U21 squad which won the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia. This was his third year in the tournament, playing in his first at the age of 17. James currently plays at Beeston Hockey Club while studying Business at Nottingham Trent University.
 Date of birth: 2nd October 1995
 Position: Defender

 Caps:

England - 4

Great Britain - 0

TOTAL - 4

Goals:

England - 0

Great Britain - 0

TOTAL - 0

 Shirt number: 29
 

Nicki Cochrane

Nicki is an extremely talented Goalkeeper who has dedicated herself to being a top Goalkeeper. Nicki has represented Scotland at U18 and U21 level at European Championships and has played over 50 times for Scotland Senior Women. Nicki has recently been brought into the Great Britain Centralised programme. She represented GB U23 in 2016 against Holland and Australia at Nottingham Hockey Centre. Nicki studied at Edinburgh University and played for them winning 3 National Titles.
Date of birth: 8th December 1993
Position: Goalkeeper
Tournaments: 2012 European Indoor 2013 European A Division 2013 World League 2 2014 European Indoor 2014 Champions Challenge 2014 European A Division 2016 European Indoor 2017 World League 2
Caps: Scotland - 52 Great Britain - 0 TOTAL - 52  
 Shirt number: Scotland - 2 Great Britain - 23

Adam Dixon

Adam Dixon has carved out a reputation as one of the most reliable and consistent performers in the Great Britain squad. A European gold medallist in 2009-his first major international tournament, Dixon has played in all the big competitions, and made his Olympic bow in Rio 2016. A stalwart of the Beeston cause at club level for many years, one of the most popular members of the squad has racked up an impressive haul of almost 200 caps.

Date of birth: 11th September 1986
Position: Midfielder
Tournaments: 2016 Champions Trophy 2016 Olympic Games 2015 World League Semi Final 2015 EuroHockey Championships 2014 World League Final 2014 World Cup 2014 Commonwealth Games 2014 Champions Trophy 2013 World League Semi Final 2013 EuroHockey Championships 2012 Indoor EuroHockey Nations Championship 2011 Champions Trophy 2010 World Cup 2010 Commonwealth Games 2010 Champions Trophy 2010 Indoor EuroHockey Nations Championship 2009 Champions Trophy 2008 Indoor EuroHockey Nations Championship

Medals:

2015 World League Semi Final - Bronze 2014 World League Final - Bronze 2014 Commonwealth Games - Bronze 2011 EuroHockey Championships - Bronze 2010 Champions Trophy - Silver 2010 Indoor EuroHockey Nations Championship II - Gold 2009 EuroHockey Championships - Gold 2008 Indoor EuroHockey Nations Championship III - Silver

Caps: England - 125 Great Britain - 65 Indoor - 25 TOTAL - 215 Goals: England - 10 Great Britain - 3 Indoor - 16 TOTAL - 29
 Shirt number: 16

Mark Gleghorne

Despite narrowly missing out on selection for the 2012 Olympic games, Mark has been a big part of the England team since 2011 after playing hockey in Holland in 2009 and taking a year off in 2010 due to a foot injury. He played for the Ulster and the Ireland international squad from 1998 - 2008, after which he transferred to play for England and GB. A qualified PE teacher, Mark has been involved in sport and hockey since he was six years old, and after several years of club hockey he moved to Loughborough University to study sport science and play for the Students. He's a tough and hard working forward, and his penalty corners are something to watch out for! He competed at his first Olympics in 2016.

Date of birth: 19th May 1985
Position: Forward
Tournaments: 2016 Champions Trophy 2016 Olympic Games 2015 World League Semi Final 2015 EuroHockey Championships 2014 World League Final 2014 World Cup 2014 Commonwealth Games 2014 Champions Trophy 2014 Champions Trophy 2013 World League Semi Final 2012 Champions Trophy 2011 Champions Trophy 2007 EuroHockey Championships

Medals:

2015 World League Semi Final - Bronze 2014 World League Final - Bronze 2014 Commonwealth Games - Bronze

 
Caps: England - 65 Great Britain - 42 TOTAL - 107 Goals: England - 16 Great Britain - 8 TOTAL - 24
 Shirt number: 14

Sam Ward

Ward started cutting his teeth in the hockey world as one of the "Banana Bunch"; the name for Leicester Hockey club's mixed youth development group, which he attended with his sister. After Leicester he moved on to Beeston, where he earned a reputation as a prolific goal scorer on the domestic scene. Ward forced his way into the international reckoning over the summer of 2014 after another goal-laden season in the Premier Division. The Beeston striker made his Great Britain debut against France during the series in October 2014 but will perhaps be remembered more for his England debut, where he struck twice in a 3-1 win over Australia at the 2014 Champions Trophy. A natural goalscorer who isn't afraid to get in where it hurts in the circle, Ward is also another useful weapon on penalty corners and competed in his first Olympics in Rio.
 Date of birth: 24th December 1990
 Position: Forward
 Tournaments: 2016 Champions Trophy 2016 Olympic Games 2015 World League Semi Final 2015 EuroHockey Championships 2015 World League Final 2014 Champions Trophy
 Medals: 2015 World League Semi Final - Bronze
 Caps: England - 19 Great Britain - 42 TOTAL - 61 Goals: England - 9 Great Britain - 13 TOTAL - 22
 Shirt number: 13

Ollie Willars

Ollie debuted against India at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne back in 2012, roughly ten years after he played his first juniors game aged 11. He started playing at Beeston Hockey Club after spending years watching his Dad and Uncle play, and once he got his hands on a stick he's been there ever since. Ollie's studying Property Investment and Finance at Nottingham Trent University, a four year course, and his hobbies include cooking.
 Date of birth: 25th June 1990
 Position: Defender
 Tournaments: 2015 World League Final 2014 World League Final 2014 Commonwealth Games 2014 Champions Trophy 2013 World League Semi Final 2013 EuroHockey Championships
 Medals: 2014 World League Final - Bronze 2014 Commonwealth Games - Bronze
 Caps: England - 61 Great Britain - 16 TOTAL - 77 Goals: England - 1 Great Britain - 0 TOTAL - 1
 Shirt number: 4
 

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