Danny Kerry: King's Lynn-born hockey coach suffers heart attack in South Africa

Danny Kerry fell ill in South Africa. Credit: PA/England Hockey

King's Lynn-born hockey coach Danny Kerry suffered a heart attack earlier this month, England Hockey have confirmed.

The 46-year-old was taken ill in South Africa during England women's World League Semi-Final 10 days ago.

Kerry, who led Team GB's women to gold at the 2016 Olympics, has been receiving treatment in Johannesburg ever since.

He is now set to return to the UK imminently where he will continue to recover, and is expected to be back at work by September.

Kerry and his Team GB women's team won gold at the 2016 Olympics. Credit: PA

I would like to give my huge thanks and debt of gratitude to Dr Ramjee and the wonderful staff at Milpark for the exceptional care I received whilst in hospital. At the same time I wish to place on record my thanks to our team Doctor, Cath Lester, who took me into hospital and liaised with my family, the team and England Hockey back home. I am sure this was not the role Cath signed up for as a Sports Medic! I would also like to convey how proud I am of how both players and staff continued through the tournament in such a professional manner, particularly during the Saturday I was admitted. Finally, I look forward to some extended time with my wonderful family and friends, to recovering, and to returning to the role I love in due course.

Danny Kerry, England Women's Hockey Head Coach

England Hockey Performance Director Ed Barney wished Kerry all the best for his time off and added that he's looking forward to welcoming him back soon.

"Danny’s health has remained our sole and absolute priority," Mr Barney said.

"The staff and players have operated with consummate professionalism and are a credit to the manner in which the programme has been led by Danny over previous cycles and the past nine months following on from Rio.

"We wish Danny all the very best over the coming weeks and look forward to him joining the programme in due course when we kick back off after the Europeans later in the year.”