Meet The Ambassadors - Meet Harry

Meet The Ambassadors - Meet Harry

Meet Harry. He's our youngest ambassador at just ten years old. We spotted Harry at a PerfX hockey camp, flicking the ball up and then volleying it into the top corner of the goal! Since then he's been an integral part of our hockey family, involved in our photoshoots and giving his feedback on designs for our junior range. He loves playing hockey with his friends and has really missed playing on the astro during the last lockdown. So here are Harry's answers to our quirky questions...
April 05, 2021 — Joanne Royall
Meet The Ambassadors - Meet Caitlin

Meet The Ambassadors - Meet Caitlin

Meet Caitlin. We first got to know Caitlin when she applied to our ambassador program last year. Caitlin has a similar passion to us here at eighteen, she is passionate about bringing team sport opportunities to vulnerable children in society. When we saw her application we knew straightaway that she would be a fantastic ambassador and have great links with grassroots sports. Find out a little more about Caitlin and her answers to our quirky questions...
March 31, 2021 — Joanne Royall
Meet The Ambassadors - Meet Keira

Meet The Ambassadors - Meet Keira

Meet Keira. Shes a gutsy GK who commands her D and knows how to make the opposition forwards work hard. She's represented the Mercian Marauders in 2018, 2019 and had Covid-19 not put paid to the season last year, she would have had a hat trick of appearances for the U13 team in the Hockey Championships. When shes not on the pitch for the Maurauders she's representing her County at U15s and playing for her club. We caught up with Keira and found out more about her ...
March 22, 2021 — Joanne Royall
Meet The Ambassadors - Meet Jack

Meet The Ambassadors - Meet Jack

Welcome to the sixth installment in our Meet The Ambassador series. Each ambassador brings their own qualities to our team, many selflessly give up their time to give back to hockey, something that is close to our hearts; all get involved in helping us to develop new products with their feedback and ideas.

We thought it would be great for you to see behind the scenes and get to know them a little better. We've given each ambassador 15 quirky questions and asked them to pick their 5 favourite and entertain us with their answers...

Meet Jack. Jack has been an ambassador with us from the age of 11, since 2018. Ripping the opposition apart with cheeky, tricky skills in the badgers games was his forte, now playing in the men's leagues he's enjoying learning how to play in a much more physical environment. Until Covid hit, he had begun experiencing the next level on the player pathway and was training at his regional PC centre, Jack is hoping that things will start to get back to normal soon. Here are his responses to our questions...

Name: Jack

Club: North Stafford HC

Stick: R95 - I love the feel of it and the power it gives me when hitting the ball. It's also really good for 3D skills and ariels.

If you could have one magical power, what would it be? : I would love to be able to fly! I find travelling to new places amazing so if I could fly it would make seeing the world a lot easier!

What is your favourite film? : It has to be James Bond 'Spectre'. Cars are my passion and the cars in the James bond films are amazing with the gadgets. 

What food do you dislike and why? : Ask my mum and she would say pretty much all salad and vegetables! But the one I dislike the most is cucumbers ... they're just awful. 

Friday night- would you rather stay in or go out? : Go out! I love being with my friends, so that would certainly be my choice. It's been difficult for eveyone during the pandemic so I can't wait until we can see everyone normally again and go back to the club house after the games too. 

If you could re do one day in your life, what would it be and why? : I went to the hockey World Cup in London in July 2018 and managed to get all the Dutch ladies to sign my stick and then we went to watch the England ladies play the USA. It was an amazing atmosphere and brilliant to see a professional match. I would love to do that day all over again.

So that's Jack. He's missing playing his hockey at the moment but looking forward to brighter and better days around the corner when we can all get back out there on the pitch. 

Next week ... meet Keira

 

 

March 15, 2021 — Joanne Royall
Meet The Ambassadors - Meet Charlotte

Meet The Ambassadors - Meet Charlotte

Welcome to the fifth installment in our Meet The Ambassador series. Each ambassador brings their own qualities to our team, many selflessly give up their time to give back to hockey, something that is close to our hearts.

We thought it would be great for you to see behind the scenes and get to know them a little better. We've given each ambassador 15 quirky questions and asked them to pick their 5 favourite and entertain us with their answers...

Meet Charlotte. She's a talented, formidable figure on the hockey pitch; commanding the D with force and gusto. When she's not making incredible saves and making forwards think twice, she's imparting her knowledge and skills on the next generation of budding GK's through her coaching skills. Charlotte joined the eighteen family this season and is an integral part of our team, we caught up with her during a break from her busy schedule.

Name: Charlotte

Club: Telford and Wrekin HC 1st Team and I also play in the England Mixed Hockey squad.

Stick: R95 - I find it stable, strong and reliable ... it also makes awesome stick saves!

Coaching: As well as playing, I'm also the head coach for Newport Men's Hockey Club, head coach for Staffordshire AC U14s and U15s girls, GK coach for SE Staffordshire DC and GK coach for PerfX Hockey. 

Do you have a nickname, if so where did it come from? : My Dad has always called me 'Spud', I know where it's from, but I can't say! I also get called 'Smell' from my best friend and I have NO idea where that came from!

My slogan for life: It's a long one! I have learned over the years that sacrifice can make your life better and that you shouldn't be constrained by the legacy of others, you can find your own path. You can't control everything. It's what you make of your situation that defines you. I've had to stick to this after some rough times and making some sacrifices to get where I now am has really paid off.

Friday night - Stay in or go out? : If it's a game day on the Saturday, I stay in. However, if it's not, then I like to go out for a meal. (Obviously pre Covid!).

Random fact: I was told when I was in school that I would fail all of my exams and that I wouldn't make it as a teacher...8 years on, 4 courses later; 2 first class degrees, an MA in education, PGCE and QTS in Secondary Physical Education I'm a PE teacher, form tutor and a DofE Manager! 

If you won a million pounds: I would - 

1. Donate to a couple of charities that are close to my heart, around £100,000

2. Donate to my school to provide DofE for some of our students, around £10,000

3. Set aside £250,000 as a savings pot

4. Give £50,000 to my Dad so that he could buy his dream car; an Ariel Atom 3.5!

5. Renew my racing licence, buy a brand new kart for myself and my Dad and cover the race entry for the year , around £150,000

6. Last but not least, I'd donate £150,000 to my hockey club to provide equipment for the junior section, and anything that's needed for the club.

So, that leaves me with £290,000 .... I'd buy a load of Adidas Ultraboost and other trainers!

If you were to go on 'Come Dine With Me', what would your menu be? : It would have to be:

Starter - Bruschetta, my favourite!

Main - Black garlic rump steak, with 15 hour roast potatoes, roast carrots and parsnips, green beans; served with a side salad.

Dessert - This is a tough one! Either banana cake with banana ice cream, or I'd do a massive chocolate fondue!

Well there we go. I think we all know Charlotte a little better now; she is one busy lady! So a huge thank you to Charlotte for taking the time out of her incredibly busy schedule to answer our quirky questions. 

Up next week...Meet Jack

 

March 08, 2021 — Joanne Royall
Meet The Ambassadors - Meet Oliver

Meet The Ambassadors - Meet Oliver

Meet Oliver...championing eighteenhockey in Scotland. Oliver is an enthusiastic hockey player and when he's not on the astro he's burning rubber on the amazing mountain bike trails up in Scotland. We caught up with him to find out more about his idol Dynamo and his slogan for life...

 

March 01, 2021 — Joanne Royall
Meet The Ambassadors - Meet Roisin

Meet The Ambassadors - Meet Roisin

Meet Roisin. We've watched Roisin grow into a fantastic young goalkeeper, initally an outfield player in the badgers; now a formidable GK who has played in the Futures Cup for the Mercian Marauders and experienced her first NAGs trials this year. She's 1st team keeper at North Staffs HC and lives and breathes life on the astro! Roisin is an integral part of our hockey family and you might even recognise her from our website! Here are her responses to our quirky questions...
Meet The Ambassadors - Danny

Meet The Ambassadors - Danny

Welcome to the second installment in our Meet The Ambassador series. Each ambassador brings their own qualities to our team, many selflessly give up their time to give back to hockey, something that is close to our hearts.

So we thought it would be great for you to see behind the scenes and get to know them a little better. We've given each ambassador 15 quirky questions and asked them to pick their 5 favourite and entertain us with their answers...

 

Meet Danny. We first met Danny at a fundraiser that eighteen had been invited to come along to, at his club Sale Hockey club, South Manchester. The rest, as they say is history. Danny is now one of our ambassadors and is a valued member of our hockey family, in his own words, don't judge him by his answers to the questions!

Name : Danny

Club : Sale Hockey Club

Stick : R70 Extreme Low Bow; I was a big fan of the colour of the stick, I've never used a better stick than this and I don't think I'll look back again! It's my baby...she's called Ericka!

If you could have one magical power, what would it be? : My magical power, without doubt, would be to be able to open a Babybel in one swift motion.

What is you favourite film? : This has to be Scott Pilgrim Vs The World.

If you won a million pounds... : If I won a million pounds I would invest in Altricham Football Club.

What food do you dislike and why? : Mashed potato, for no other reason than it's heinous!

What celebrity would you class as a perfect 10? : Brendan Fraser...nobody else is worthy of a straight 10/10! 

So, in a nutshell that's Danny and Ericka, we can't fault him on his love of Babybels or on his dislike of mashed potato! 

Up next time ... meet Roisin.

 

February 15, 2021 — Joanne Royall
Meet The Ambassadors - Reuben

Meet The Ambassadors - Reuben

Welcome to our first ever episode of Meet The Ambassadors. In this series we will give you an insight into our eighteen hockey family, our ambassadors not only champion our brand but get involved in photoshoots, feedback and help us with product development. Each ambassador brings their own qualities to our team, see behind the scenes and get to know them a little better... 

Meet Reuben. Budding film maker, superb hockey player and an all round Mr. Nice Guy. Check out our blog to find out more...

Meet The Ambassadors ... Coming Soon!

Meet The Ambassadors ... Coming Soon!

Our new series is coming soon. Meet the eighteen Ambassadors who promote our brand, get involved in our product design and feedback. This entertaining series sees the ambassadors give their thoughts on quirky questions, the clubs they play for and it might even inspire you to become one of our ambassadors of the future!
February 02, 2021 — Joanne Royall