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
Simon Hujwan (GK)
Will Powell (GK)
Simon Vandenbroucke (GK)
Ladies 1st XI squad
Nicki Cochrane (GK)
Lisa van Ewijk
Sofie ter Kuile (GK)
Nat Robson (GK)
Fran Taylor (GK)