The recent funding proposals from Sport England were discussed in detail by the Board of World Cass Hockey Limited on Wednesday 2 March.  A summary of the outcomes is as follows:

  • Sport England funding for England’s elite activities has been cut to about one-third of previous levels.
  • As a consequence, all England Team programmes, as well as staffing levels and support costs, will have to be cut back accordingly.
  • The reduced levels have to be achieved by 31 March.

“We have been given a very short time period to make rapid changes to the organisation. We will have to make tough decisions about staff and about which competitions we can afford to enter.  However, we are committed to all our junior and senior athletes, and achieving the best possible results for England and Great Britain,' Neil West, Interim Chief Performance Officer of WCHL, said.
“The difficult time will be whilst we change to fit the new funding parameters, but I know that hockey in England is strong, the players are committed and the future can still be bright,2 Jason Lee, Men’s head coach, said.