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Beeston Hockey Club win league for the first time

Beeston Hockey Cub have won the Premier Division for the first time in the club's 106 year history.

It comes two days after the death of Club president, David Williams MBE, who was honoured with a minute's applause before the beginning of the match.

Beeston began well, eventually running out 7- 4 winners over Loughborough students. The win has earned them the title with four games to spare.

Minute's applause held for Beeston club president, David Williams MBE Credit: ITV News Central
It's the first time the club have won the elite league title in its 106 year history Credit: ITV News Central
The East Midlands sides are among the best teams in the country Credit: ITV News Central
Mascots posing before the match, which began at 2pm Credit: ITV News Central
The club billed the game as "Hockey Super Sunday" Credit: ITV News Central

Freezing conditions prevents record turnout at Super Sunday

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.

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Minute's applause in memory of Beeston Hockey Club's president

Club president, David Williams MBE Credit: Beeston Hockey Club

A minute's applause is being held at the beginning of today's hockey match beween Beeston Hockey Club and Loughborough Students, in memory of Beeston's club president who died on Friday night.

It's believed that David Williams MBE died of a heart attack.

David was the Club President for many years and was also heavily involved in Nottinghamshire Hockey, having previously been the Chairman of Nottinghamshire Hockey Association.

Midlands hockey players drafted into Olympic squad

Hockey player Kerry Williams from Leicester will now play for England in the Olympic squad
Kerry Williams from Leicester will now play for England Credit: ITV Central

Hockey players from the Midlands have been drafted in to play for England in the Investec London Cup this week.

Susie Gilbert of the University of Birmingham will join Rebecca Herbert and Kerry Williams from Leicester as replacements in the 18 person squad.

Great Britain will begin their campaign tomorrow afternoon when they play South Africa.

Olympic squad members Alex Danson, Sarah Tomas and Crista Cullen will miss the Cup because of injury.

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Loughborough College they will go "out of their way" to help Nicola continue her studies

"When Team GB Hockey re-located to the National Sports Centre at Bisham Abbey in Buckinghamshire, Nicola knew she would have to drop everything and move there to live and train if she wanted to be part of the squad.

"So we told her she did not have to give up the degree in Sports Science she was studying for with us.

"We would go out of our way to make it possible for her to continue her studies flexibly with us while still making the most of her opportunities with the GB squad."

– Chris McGeorge, Elite Athlete Officer at Loughborough College

Loughborough College student makes Olympic Hockey Team

Loughborough College student and Team GB player Nicola White makes Olympic hockey team
Team GB player Nicola White makes the Olympic hockey team Credit: Loughborough College

Team GB player Nicola White has just been told she has made the Olympic hockey team and will be going for gold this summer in London.

Loughborough college student to play in Olympic Hockey team
Loughborough college student to play in Olympic Hockey team Credit: Loughborough college

Chris McGeorge, Elite Athlete Officer at Loughborough College said, that Loughborough College will go "out of their way" to make it possible for her to continue her studies flexibly.

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