Beeston Director, David Griffiths and Rio Olympian, Adam Dixon. Photo c/o David Kissman.

On a weekend of football and hockey European finals, Beeston Hockey Club have announced the return of their former captain and Great Britain Rio Olympian Adam Dixon from a one year spell at HC Rotterdam. Beeston and Rotterdam recently agreed a groundbreaking partnership and Dixon’s return to his home club is hoped to further cement the relationship. Dixon signed for the Bees at the City Ground, home of Nottingham Forest FC, who famously won the European Cup in 1979 and 1980 and was full of praise for both his favourite teams.

“It was fantastic to sign for the Bees at the City Ground. I’m a huge Forest fan and signing here is a childhood dream come true! I have had a fantastic season with HC Rotterdam. We achieved our target of EuroHockey League qualification and got so close to winning the championship in the play-off final against Kampong. I’m now looking forward to being back at Beeston with the same aim of EuroHockey League qualification, and then maybe we can start dreaming about a Nottingham team winning European silverware again.”

Beeston Director, David Griffiths, commented, “We are delighted Adam has come home for the 2017/18 season. He was instrumental in the club’s three premier league titles and our past European campaigns; and his year in the Netherlands has added an extra sharpness and a new dimension to his game. He’s also second in the club’s all-time top goalscorer list (behind me!), and I hope I can watch him beat my record this coming season. He’s the best player to sign at the City Ground since 1975 when Brian Clough snared John McGovern, captain of Forest’s European sides.

We have two fantastic squads for next season, with real depth and a great mix of youth and experience. The hard work starts now. I’d like to thank the many sponsors and benefactors who continue to support us in our domestic and European ambitions, and I urge any other Nottingham business leaders looking to support local sport to get in touch with the club.”

Adam and Beeston’s other England & Great Britain stars Mark Gleghorne, Sam Ward and Ollie Willars are competing at the Hero Hockey World League Semi Finals in London starting 15 June, where they will lead England’s bid for World Cup qualification.

Beeston also confirmed the men’s and ladies’ squads for the 2017/18 season.

Men’s 1st XI squad

Lucas Garcia Alcalde

James Albery

James Blackwell

Alex Blumfield

Simon Claris

Matthew Crookshanks

Noah Darlington

Adam Dixon

Marius Gemmel

Robbie Gleeson

Mark Gleghorne

Gareth Griffiths

Elliot Hibell

Simon Hujwan (GK)

Stephen Lawrence

Richard Lawrence

Kyle Marshall

Chris Proctor

Will Powell (GK)

Joe Sharp

Matthew Steventon

Simon Vandenbroucke (GK)

Lucas Ward

Sam Ward

Mark Wadsley

Jonny Wilkinson

Ollie Willars

Ladies 1st XI squad

Tara Aitcheson

Nina Apoola

Esme Burge

Meg Byas

Nicki Cochrane (GK)

Issy Davison

Niamh Elston

Lisa van Ewijk

Paige Gillott

Clara Goni

Hannah Farr

Bella Fisken

Alice Huddlestone

Caro Hulme

Lottie Hulme

Sofie ter Kuile (GK)

Lunjika Nyrienda

Sophie Robinson

Nat Robson (GK)

Fenella Scutt

Rachel Sharp

Abi Speight

Eloise Stenner

Rosy Stephens

Jess Roe

Sylvia Rose

Lottie Ross

Sophie Tait

Fran Taylor (GK)

Rebekah Walker

Phoebe Willars

Maddy Wray