Pelicans Hockey Club will be rooting for Kerry Gold

Danny Kerry GB Ladies Hockey Coach ENGANL00220120608092912
Danny Kerry GB Ladies Hockey Coach ENGANL00220120608092912

The whole of Pelicans Hockey Club will be rooting for Team GB when they look to complete their quest for Olympic glory tomorrow.

Mr Kerry, whose brother Sean is chairman at Pelicans, has overseen Team GB’s most successful period in their long history.

In 2012, the hockey chief helped GB collect their first Olympic medal since Pelicans player Kath Johnson, from Lynn, won bronze at Barcelona in 1992.

Now the team are just one step away from making history and following in the footsteps of the men’s team which won gold at the Seoul Games of 1988.

Pelicans’ marketing and development manager Charles Lankfer said: “Everyone at Pelicans is aware of what Danny and Team GB are on the brink of.

“We are fully behind him and the team. It would be great for the sport as a whole if they could pull it off.”

Danny’s brother Sean said: “You hear people say how Sir Clive Woodward changed rugby, Danny has done a similar thing in hockey by redefining how everything in the sport is done.

“He slogs away all of the time and doesn’t stop. It’s a huge reward for the team to be guaranteed silver but now the focus is gold.

“He has been working towards this for so long. I know how much it means to him.”

The former King Edward VII High School (KES) pupil has been involved with the England and Great Britain women’s hockey teams since he was appointed the head coach back in 2004.

After helping Team GB to bronze in London, Mr Kerry moved ‘upstairs’ when he was appointed as England Hockey’s performance director.

He is responsible for overseeing the programmes of the England and Great Britain senior and junior national teams, and coaching development and the player pathway in England.

Mr Kerry has been lauded as one of the best coaches in the world and his unparalleled success has come as no surprise to Mr Lankfer.

“Every coach has different attributes but Danny has a very methodical way of working things out and getting the best out of people.

“He is a great tactician and motivator of players and you can tell that the team play for him and each other. He is always very calm, very polite and takes great interest in other people.”

Recalling his early days with Pelicans, Mr Lankfer said: “I remember Danny when he was at KES, under the guidance of Ken Gregory, and started with the club at under-9s.

“He was a very underrated but did his job very well. Sadly for us, he moved on too quickly and we didn’t get to see the best of him.”

Lankfer hopes that Team GB’s success in Rio will inspire more people to join the thriving club at their Lynnsport base.

“We are fortunate to have two brand new pitches at the club, one which we share with Lynnsport, and we are keen to welcome players of all abilities.

“We are the biggest Saturday club in King’s Lynn and field nine sides every weekend.”