England women’s hockey head coach Danny Kerry is relishing the home nations all coming together to compete as Great Britain in 2015 as the road to Rio 2016 starts to gather pace.
Next summer will see qualification for Rio 2016 begin for Britain as they play in the World League Semi Final in Valencia in June while August’s European Championships are also a route in.
England and Scotland will both be represented at the European Championships in London while the Investec London Cup is again scheduled with Kerry excited about the year that lies ahead.
As England, Kerry led his team to Commonwealth Games silver for the highlight of 2014 and is ready for another challenge with Britain with success at the Rio 2016 Olympics the ultimate goal.
“I’m looking forward to being able to play regularly as Great Britain from January onwards as we’ve largely only been able to do this in training during a period where we’ve predominantly being competing as home nations,” he said.
“As ever the combination of talent across the wider Great Britain squad is an exciting prospect and brings extra competitiveness to selection and raises the bar of performance even further.
“With test matches against Spain, Ireland and Belgium plus the Investec London Cup on Olympic Park, I believe we have an excellent combination of focussed practice and match play that will allow us to develop a strong team for the World League Semi Finals in June.”
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