Belper’s Hollie Webb tipped to shine on world hockey stage

Great Britain's Danny Kerry who is tipping Hollie Webb for big things.
Great Britain's Danny Kerry who is tipping Hollie Webb for big things.

England women’s head coach Danny Kerry believes Belper’s Hollie Webb will put herself firmly on the map at the 2015 Hockey World League Final.

Webb was named in Kerry’s squad to head to Rosario for this month’s Hockey World League Final, with England kicking things off against hosts Argentina on Sunday.

The defender was part of the team that won bronze last time out, before going on to claim Commonwealth Games silver at Glasgow 2014 as well as EuroHockey gold earlier this year.

And Kerry insists it was a no brainer to include 25-year-old Webb in his plans for Argentina, the head coach adamant she is ready to show the world what she is all about.

“I could talk lyrically about all of the squad but there are players who tend to go unnoticed because their skillset may not be considered flashy by some - for example someone like Hollie Webb,” he said.

“She has a range of passing that I think is the envy of all the other players in our squad and she is probably one of the best tacklers in the world.

“She has a terrific attitude and she really wants to get better.”

The highlight for Webb undoubtedly came earlier this year when she was part of the England team that claimed EuroHockey gold.

Kerry’s role in guiding the team to such heady heights did not go unnoticed either as he was named High Performance Coach of the Year award at the recent 2015 UK Coaching Awards on Tuesday night.

The awards ceremony took place although he was presented with the award beforehand due to the squad’s World League responsibilities.

And in a sign of his attention to detail in his job, he admits this week’s competition will all be about putting more building blocks in place for next year.

“I think winning the World League Semi-Final and going undefeated means we are one of the favourites for the final in Argentina,” he added.

“But we are really enjoying having that expectation placed upon us.

“If we are going to go to Rio and have the aspirations we do then we have to accept and want that kind of expectation.”

The UK Coaching Awards 2015, hosted by sports coach UK is a chance to recognise excellent coaching and coaching organisations that have achieved outstanding success over the past 12 months. For more information visit: www.sportscoachuk