First Female Club Captain in 150 Years

Teddington Hockey Club – the oldest hockey club in the world – is marking its 150th anniversary with the appointment of its first woman captain.

Clare Freer from Hampton, who has been a member at the club for 29 years, has been appointed to look after the future direction, development, finances and management of the club. 

Hockey is well and truly part of the Freer family life – Clare played for the Teddington Women’s 2nd team for 20 consecutive seasons and is team captain for the Women’s 3rd team. She also plays in the club’s Masters squad and coaches U10 girls. Her son Charlie plays in the U10s, coached by Olympian Jason Laslett, and husband Tom has played for the club for 22 years and is the Men’s 4th team goalkeeper.

Joe Middleton, Club President said: “Every successful organisation understands that principles and values never change, but operational tactics and execution must constantly evolve to embrace new ideas, technologies and fresh input from a diverse group of people. Clare embodies this balanced approach in all of her thinking and it will bring continued success for her and for the club”. 

This follows the appointment last year of double Olympian, Matt Daly, as Performance Director. 

Says Clare: “I know this wonderful club intimately and I am so very proud and excited to be able to focus on shaping its future. We have one of the biggest junior sections around and I am particularly proud that we not only excel at the highest levels in the game, but we do so much to boost participation. We are now in the very healthy position of having seven men’s and seven women’s teams and a membership base that spans a 500-strong youth section, back-to-hockey mums, veterans, masters and players with disability. We also have over 80 members playing at Olympic, National and Junior County levels.

“It has been made even more clear during the last difficult year of the pandemic that sport participation – embracing exercise, fitness, social interaction and its contribution to our mental health and wellbeing – is so important for people of all ages, particularly our children. I want to see more people enjoy the benefits of our great club and all it has to offer.” 

The club’s 150-year celebrations are currently on hold due to the pandemic, but a major schedule of events are planned for next year to mark this important milestone.  

For further information visit teddingtonhockey.club

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