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About Ben Barnes

Ex-England Hockey & owner of Game Set and Match

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for visiting Game Set and Match; our family run and owned specialists sport shop based in Chichester, West Sussex.

Ben Barnes playing for Chichester Hockey Club Ben Barnes receives Man of the Match

Above: Richmond v Chichester - Ben in control!
Above Right: Ben receives 'Man of the Match'

I have always been very keen on sport from a very early age, playing rugby, cricket, hockey and pretty much any sport I could try my hand at. I played county cricket and hockey at various junior levels.

Hockey is my major passion and from the age of 6 I can remember wanting to play for England. At 19, I first played for the England Under 21’s and went to the Junior World Cup in 1993. 1997 saw my Senior England Debut against Spain in a 2-1 win in Barcelona. My last of 38 England caps was in 2003 against Belgium in a 2-2 draw and I scored one of the goals. I captained England against Czech Republic , June 23rd 2001 in a 4-1 win in Poland, which was a tremendous honour and a real high point of my International career. 

Club career saw me play for East Grinstead from 1992-1998, then Reading from 1998-2004, in the Premier League. I was part of the Reading team that won the European Club Championship in 2003 taking the first of the penalty strokes as we beat Real Club de Polo Barcelona 4-2 on penalties. During my time at Reading we also won the Premier League in 2000-2001 and 2001-2002, the National Cup 1999-2000-2003-2004 and the Premiership Play-offs 2002,2003,2004.

I am also a hockey coach and have coached Trojans Ladies to the National League Div 1 title in 2000-2001. Other coaching has seen me work with the England Under 18 Girls, winning the European Nations Cup 2007 as assistant coach, England Men’s A v Scotland 2008 and Head Coach of the Saxon Tigers in the GB Super League in 2007 where we came 2nd.

I am currently the Head Coach for Fareham Hockey Club having been back at Reading HC Men's 1st Team as Head Coach for two seasons, wining the league in the first year and winning a European Hockey League Bronze medal in 2011, my second and final year. Before that I had after 5 successful years as player/coach of my home club Chichester.

As you can see sport is my passion and making sure you get the right equipment to play the sport is so important. We can help you choose, make sure it fits and is the correct weight. We will even help with some technique tips if you need them!

I look forward to seeing you soon,


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