In an exclusive interview with Surbiton coach Mark Pearn this week, we also asked his thoughts on safety in hockey, Hockey 5s and if England can ever win a global title
In 2014, England Hockey stated its aim for the club game to be professionalised. Will the English club game ever go this way?
I don’t think it will ever happen. It is a pipe dream. We need to make do within the parameters we are in. I don’t think the FIH Pro League has financially been a success and we won’t be professional anytime soon. Yes, there are a few clubs who have a lot of money. It’s a great aim but we shouldn’t be pinning our hopes on it. Club hockey has a bigger role socially as a community over being professional.
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