29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 17: Hockey

The Hockey 50p coin was designed by Robert Evans.

Robert Evans, the designer of the Hockey 50p coin, lives in Cardiff and is an engraver/sculptor at the Royal Mint. He entered the competition because he is passionate about athletics and thought it was a great way to get involved with London 2012. To make sure he captured the sport accurately, Robert took a series of photographs of two hockey players from the University of Glamorgan and based his design on them.


We’ve got a video interview with the coin’s designer for you…enjoy!

About GB hockey

The following information is taken from the brilliant and informative GB hockey website!

“The Great Britain men’s and women’s squads are ‘centrally based’ at Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre in Buckinghamshire. This means that the vast majority of their training takes place here and most athletes live nearby.

The Great Britain hockey teams exist solely to compete at the Olympic Games.  During a four year Olympic cycle, Great Britain can compete at world level events such as the Champions Trophy but in other years our international teams play separately as England, Scotland and Wales.

Great Britain Hockey – the organisation – is responsible for the preparation, selection and performance of the men’s and women’s GB hockey squads and their participation in the Olympic Games and other competitions and tournaments. Ultimately, it is the body charged with delivering Olympic success for the sport of hockey

World Rankings

Great Britain’s world ranking is that of the nominated country, which for the 2009-2012 Olympic cycle, is England.

  • Great Britain women: 4th
  • Great Britain men: 4th

Find out more about hockey

GB hockey website

GB hockey on Twitter

GB hockey on Facebook

Get the hockey 50p

We featured hockey as one of the UK’s 29 official London 2012 50p designs!

You can buy the hockey 50p from The Royal Mint website on its own or as part of one our special bundle deals!