How Ellie Became A Professional Hockey Player

Many hockey players dream of playing for their country and very few get the opportunity to play hockey as their full-time career.

What does it take to break into the top level and to ultimately get paid to play hockey?

I recently spoke to HPA member and England & GB International, Ellie Rayer who recently made her Senior International debut and is now a funded GB hockey player.

She shared how she went from a 16 year old who had only ever dreamt of playing for England to making her senior international debut just a few years later, against the odds.

In this video interview Ellie reveals:

  • How she went from “lucky to be selected” to senior GB International
  • Why you don’t need to be the most skilful player to get noticed
  • What separates her from the other girls who missed out
  • Her biggest setbacks and how she overcame them
  • How to deal with conflicting advice from different coaches
  • The key lessons she has learnt in her journey

Follow Ellie: Twitter @ellie_rayer and Instagram @ellierayer


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About The Author

Lauren Penny

Lauren is a former International Hockey Player, Performance Coach & Mentor specialising in helping hockey players to be more confident, improve their fitness and perform more consistently to get noticed and reach higher teams.