Joe Wheatley Announces His Retirement

Joe Wheatley
Joe Wheatley

It is with sadness that I have to confirm Joe has decided to retire from Rink Hockey with immediate effect. I would personally like to take this opportunity to thank him for the great job he has done during the last 12 years whilst assisting me on the Development of our sport and the preparation of all the National Teams for International Competitions.

It has been great to see someone that has grown through the ranks to personal success then find the time to dedicate so much of their free time back to the sport, developing the future generations. This dedication is rare and was acknowledged with his award of the status of Life Member of the NRHA.

Joe had a very important role in my management team helping me to succeed in continually developing our sport to a higher level.

I wish Joe all the best in his personal and professional life.

Please see below Joe’s statement:

After 12 years assisting the coaching of the National teams,  I have decided to make a change in my life stepping back from coaching.  I hope I have inspired and helped some of you to achieve your goals in both hockey and in normal life. 

I must thank the many coaches, managers and physios from here and around the world that have given their time to supporting England.  It has been a pleasure working with them and especially to  Carlos Amaral, who coached me as a player for 11 years at the end of my career. He is a good friend and I think we worked together well as a team for England.

I will miss supporting players directly at Championships but my heart and passion will always be behind England Rink Hockey.

I wish everyone great success in the future.

All the best,
Joe Wheatley