Eight Midlands hockey players, including six from League Champions Beeston, have been named in a 20 man England squad to fly out to Malaysia to prepare for next month's World League Semi Final.
The squad also contains two players from Loughborough Students. England have been drawn in Pool B and will face South Africa, Pakistan and Malaysia when the tournament starts on June 29th. Olympic Champions Germany, Korea, Argentina plus one other will be in the other pool.
The final will be on July 7th.
Beeston players: Ben Arnold, Adam Dixon, Michael Hoare, Harry Martin, George Pinner, Oliver Willars.
Beeston Hockey Club have paid tribute to their president David Williams who died on Friday.
Mr Williams who was 67 collapsed at home after watching Notts County earlier in the evening.
Mr Williams, MBE, had a long association with the club and had previously been chairman.
Graham Griffiths, manager of the Men's First XI, described the news of his death as shocking.
On Sunday, with four games still to play, Beeston secured top spot in the Premier Division after beating East Midlands rivals Loughborough Students 7-4. It guarantees them a place in Europe and means they will be the top seeds for the end of season title play offs.
Four sides will compete for the title at Reading on April 13-14th with Beeston playing the side which came fourth in their semi-final.
The club had billed this game Super Sunday. With a host of international players on show for both sides they had hoped to attract a record breaking crowd of 800. But the freezing conditions meant in the end there was around half that number.
Claiming the league title means Beeston automatically qualify for the European hockey league.