September 28, 2019
The England National Team Programme (ENTP) relaunched last month with over 200 players across five age groups taking part in the trials at Sheffield and Cardiff.
ENTP management also boosted the coaching staff to better support the young athletes in their development. Josie Lamey has been part of the staff for 12 months, working with the girls programme. This summer her husband Rob was asked to join and support the u14 boys team, making it a family affair.
Josie said: “Last season was my first with the England programme and it was a great one!
“I was so inspired seeing so much talent in the girls’ groups. I ended up travelling with both U13 and U16 girls teams on their trips which was a fantastic experience.
“It’s great to see Rob get involved. His experience from playing at the top levels throughout his junior career to his long professional career gives him a unique perspective that will only benefit the kids.
“We didn’t spend the first camps of this season at the same rink which was a little bit tricky for babysitting our boys. Luckily grandparents saved the day!
“It’ll be easier when we are both in Sheffield for the rest of the camps. But juggling this busy hockey life is what we have always done.
“We certainly wish this programme was around when we were that age – the players get to make life-long memories playing the sport they love.”
For his part Rob commented: “It is a great opportunity to work with the England Programme. Having played for England and GB throughout my junior career I know how important it is for the players that get the opportunity, and how much fun they have being part of this set up.
“With Josie already in the programme and telling me nothing but good things about her experience last year, I thought I would volunteer my services and was pleased when I got the role with the U14s.
“She was right – my first weekend didn’t disappoint!
“As for my first camp, I felt it went really well. Despite the three England age groups and the Power of 10 and 11 all going on, everything ran smoothly.
“The on ice sessions were great with all the kids giving everything they had, and the off ice was equally as challenging!
“I enjoyed working with new people, and it was great to see some people I have not seen for a long time, including Gareth Endicott, another new recruit and former team mate who also went through the same programme.”
The ENTP are delighted to have Josie and Rob working with our players, and grateful to all coaches, managers and support staff who give their time to the England programme.
Sheffield will host the first in-season camps at the end of October, look out of EIHA.co.uk, our social media and TeamApp for full details very soon.