<img src="https://secure.leadforensics.com/4108.png" alt="" style="display:none;">
Press release

Graham crowns ten year hockey milestone

A hockey fanatic from Solihull who has officiated the sport at World Cups and European Championships is celebrating a decade as a referee.

Graham Reynolds, 51, from Chelmsley Wood, regularly travels across the UK to officiate grassroots matches for under-10s through to over-80s, and highlights have seen him officiating at the Grand Masters Hockey World Cup in Barcelona, and the Grand Masters European Cup in Glasgow.

Graham with The Knot TrophyGraham’s stint has also seen him officiate a successful Guinness World Record attempt for the most amount of players used in a hockey game, which totalled 367 players during an eight-hour match.

Some may say it’s a far cry from his day job at Tamworth-based workforce management firm Crown Workforce Management, where he works in the technical implementation team upgrading software for clients, but for Graham the two complement each other.

Graham, a former goalkeeper for Olton and West Warwickshire Hockey Club, said: “I like to think I am quite an analytical person who likes to problem solve, which I think helps me both on the hockey pitch ensuring the game runs smoothly and lawfully, and at work when I am upgrading clients’ software.

“I love hockey – to the point where I now use all of my annual leave to dedicate time to officiating the sport!

“The older age brackets are going from strength-to-strength, which is great to see, and I am regularly asked to officiate these games, where the pace may not be as quick, but the skill certainly is.

“I recently umpired a match in Kent between England over-80s against the Netherlands – of which the oldest player was 89 – and I’ve been invited back to officiate their re-match in The Hague next year.

“Hockey has taken me to some wonderful places across the globe where I have made some great friends both playing and officiating, and for anyone interested in taking up the sport I would recommend visiting the England Hockey website.

“I have no plans to hang up my whistle just yet, and I’m very much looking forward to another ten years.”

Crown are here to help you drive efficiency and business growth

Arrange a call