Festival Crew

George Robson

President & Chairman

Although a County darts player from his mid-teens and also a notable Bridge player, George found the time to take up hockey at Durham University in the mid-1960s. He became passionate for the sport and on graduation joined Morpeth H.C. (Northumberland). Having visited the Blackpool Festival with his college in both 1965 and 1966, George organised a squad from Morpeth for many years thereafter. His commitment to what he always calls The Magic that is Blackpool resulted in his being invited to become both Festival President and Chairman in 1991. As passionate as ever, George has reached the splendid landmark of his 52nd Festival this year.

David Gee

Secretary

This is Dave’s 4th year as Festival Secretary and he is loving every minute. Watching the committee grow from strength to strength, with new faces added each time we meet, is the most important aspect behind the scenes. However, it’s the ‘front of house’ changes that give him the most satisfaction! When he took over, his aim was always to develop the social side of the Festival and he hopes you all enjoy the changes that have been made. Captaining Gee Force and either playing or coaching, hockey is never far from his thoughts. He sends a warm welcome to all our regulars, but more importantly to all the new or returning teams…especially those from across the water!

Simon Allen

Situation Manager

Hailing from Banbridge in Northern Ireland, Simon has been working in England since graduating in Graphic Design in 2009. He is responsible for the rebranding of the Festival in 2012 and continues to dedicate his time to producing a more professional looking BHF. Simon, always wary of a “situation” occurring is ever reliable and the only person to do any work during the Festival weekend. He is there to pick up the mess created by a frantic Dave, pissed Debs and paralytic Warrick!

Alex Diver

Fixtures Secretary / Problem Solver

Being a Sandgrownun (meaning from Blackpool), This will be Alex’s 17th Festival, having donned a Velvet Jacket back in 2001 for the Blackpool Men’s Team. Having taken a self-imposed sabbatical from hockey in the previous season, Diver is looking to step back onto the pitch at the festival (though has been advised to avoid going into school teacher mode when umpiring by the soon to be wife)

Debs Huyton

Crew Nurse

Debs is a vital cog in the BHF crew. She has recently been presented with the award of “Nurse of the Earth” and it has been quoted that she is the ‘Mother Teresa’ of her generation! You will usually find Debs in the middle of a drinking circle surrounded by people she hasn’t met before but you can guarantee she will make them feel like they’ve been friends for life! Her favourite night of the festival is, without doubt, the Sunday fancy dress. The night is a real celebration of all things tour with some unforgettable memories to be created. “Being part of the festival committee has been a fantastic experience and I am hoping that the festival will grow even bigger and better in the future! Hope all involved have a great weekend, but remember…What goes on tour, goes on Facebook!!”

Warrick Laverick

Social

Warrick joined the committee after being roped in by Dave and Debs whilst on tour in East London dressed as a fried egg. He first toured in Blackpool with Bladders HC in 2011 winning the mixed competition. He hasn’t missed tour since and more recently has been organising a team from his Club Hampton in Arden. “The Easter festival is the talk of our hockey club all season. Remembering stories and sharing memories with the hockey family.” Away from Hockey Warrick enjoys frequent rounds of golf and can be found playing cricket in the summer months. Warrick is hoping to bring a wealth of touring experience to the committee along with a variety of consuming games! Tour is a 5 day event…WE GO AGAIN!!!!

Shaun Bent

Head of Digital

Although our head of digital at BHF may not have picked up a hockey stick in his entire life, Shaun has played a very important role within the committee over the last three years. Shaun single handily brought the Festival into the 21st century utilising a new website, multiple social media sites and an online score centre available to everyone throughout the weekend on their mobile devices. Preferring his sport to have four wheels, Shaun is an avid Formula One fan and annually attends the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Clive Dennis

Crew

Clive has been around BHF for more years than he cares to remember, firstly as an umpire and then as joint umpire manager with Pete MacLellan, and finally having a go himself with help from the other umpires. He looks forward to another great festival.

Dom ‘Daisy’ Chadwick

Team Registrations & Score Centre

This is Dom’s 4th year on the festival committee. He is currently taking a sabbatical from playing hockey due to a broken neck but has instead taken up wheelchair rugby or murderball as it is also known! His affiliation with BHF goes back 15 years as he used to play for Blackpool Hockey Club and the mighty Gee Force Barmy Army! Now Dom helps out with team registration and score centre.

Kim Bell

Pitch Manager

Kim plays for her home town club, Preston and attended her first BHF back in 2002. Kim was asked to join the Festival Committee in 2012. “I was delighted to be asked to be part of such a fantastic team where I have made some great friends!” She has a background in Sports Studies and through this has organised a number of sporting events and competitions. Kim’s favourite part of the festival is the Friday morning meet with all the anticipation of what lies ahead…

Mike Baker

Crew

Mike made the transition from Football to Hockey 16 years ago and is a member of Lytham St.Anne’s Hockey Club. He returned to hockey in 2012 after a six year sabbatical due to a change of job. Originally from Blackpool but now living in the North East.

This is Mike’s third year on the committee but he’s played in and partied through many festivals over the last ten years for Gee Force Army and can’t wait to get stuck into the festival from the other side!

Matthew Atherton

Crew

Matthew, or Mouth as he is more affectionately know, has been involved in the Festival since 2010 where he has played for Blackpool Hockey Club. He first started playing at the age of 10 after he stopped playing football to take the step into learning hockey. He still plays for his local club at Blackpool where he is heavily involved with the organising of the juniors training. When asked by the festival committee to assist them, he was only too happy to join such a hard working and dedicated group of people. You will see him over the weekend either umpiring, pitch managing or helping coordinate the umpires. He would like to wish everyone a fantastic time at #BHF2016.