Tuesday 16 November 2010


Canterbury Ladies Hockey Club is proving the team to beat this year thanks to, two double Olympians and a local retailer.

EuroCanterbury Volkswagen has sponsored the ladies squad captained by double Olympian, Mel Clewlow. The team showcased their new strip at their first match, which they won 2-0 against University of Birmingham.

The two-year sponsorship deal is significant a four figure sum, and is the team’s first major sponsor since 2006.

Canterbury Ladies consists of four Great Britain international players and six junior internationals, along with South African double Olympian, Jen Wilson for the 2010-11 season. According to captain Mel, Jen is likely to be a triple Olympian by 2012.

The squad has also been boosted by the inclusion of American international Katie Evans and Canadian international Abi Raye.

In addition to the sponsorship from the Broad Oak Road Volkswagen retailer, the team recently announced their new coach will be Nick Clark.

Clark is current England women’s U21 head coach, who won silver at this summer’s European Championships, and is the senior women’s indoor coach.

Captain, Mel, said: “We’re thrilled EuroCanterbury has sponsored the whole team, as it has been very difficult in the past finding sponsors for individual players.”

“The team love their new kit and so far it’s bringing us good luck as we’re at the top of the league.

“We’re currently second in the league but managed to beat Leicester at the weekend and stop their 30 game unbeaten run.”

Chris Evans, EuroCanterbury’s sales manager, said: “We’re pleased to sponsor a local and very successful team, that showcases some brilliant local and international talent.

“Everyone at the retailer is proud of the ladies and will be attending matches to support and cheer them on.”

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