Sixteen countries. Sixteen captains. 1 prize.
Captains from the competing nations convened in London to officially launch the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup.
Each player was pictures alongside their respective giant, country-branded hockey ball with Tower Bridge providing a fitting backdrop in the capital.
England captain Alex Danson, 33, was in a buoyant mood ahead of a World Cup in her home country, she said: “It’s really exciting to be able to compete on home soil in front of your friends and family and we can’t wait to get started.
“I am honoured to be able to lead out this side on Saturday and I am sure I speak for the whole team when I say it will be a fantastic competition and hopefully the fans will be able to cheer us on to achieve our goals.”
As well as sponsoring the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup, health and life insurer Vitality supports the ongoing growth of the game in England through its sponsorship of the grassroots programme, Back to Hockey.
Through this sponsorship and its partnership with England Hockey, the company is supporting the continued progress of both the elite and grassroots game while at the same time inspiring more people to live a healthy life.