James Albery earns place on Great Britain Hockey programme
PUBLISHED: 09:21 18 January 2017 | UPDATED: 09:21 18 January 2017
Former Leys School player gets national call
James Albery could have his eyes on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo after being named on Great Britain Hockey’s central programme.
The 21-year-old former Leys School and Cambridge City Hockey Club player has been selected on the programme as head coach Bobby Crutchley shapes his squad for the new Olympiad.
Albery, who now plays for Beeston, is one of nine new players in the 27-man programme, and it continues his development from the country’s age group teams.
Albery was the youngest member of the British squad at the under-21 Junior World Cup and was a key member of the side that won the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia.
He also captained the England under-23 side to a bronze medal in the Volvo 6 Nations tournament in Breda.
On his inclusion in the programme, Albery tweeted: “Very proud to have been named in the squad for the next cycle. Looking forward to the challenges ahead!”
Great Britain head coach Bobby Crutchley said, “We’re very excited about this new group, there’s been significant change and we’re looking forward to really getting going and developing the players.
“When we had the players in for assessment late last year, seeing how keen and eager the players were really reinvigorated the group and will keep all of us on our toes. As always at this time there has been significant change, difficult decisions and we will miss all of the players who have either retired or aren’t selected for this cycle.
“We’ve got some key tournaments coming up this year, particularly the Hockey World League in London and the EuroHockey Championships in Holland, and while we’ll be taking something of a long lens for those events, we need to improve quickly and create a team that will stand us in good stead for the whole cycle.
“I’m excited about the challenge, we have a vibrant squad with a good blend of youth and experience, and we’re eager to get going.”