Making his England debut in the summer of 2017 against the Netherlands, Luke Taylor is an international hockey success. Hailing from East Grinsted, Luke has accumulated many awards including playing for England U21 at the Junior World Cup in 2013 and winning the bronze medal at the European Championships U21 in 2014. Luke’s achievements even include captaining GB U21s to secure the win in the Sultan of Johor Cup, finishing as the competition’s top-scorer. With the world gripped by a health crisis, we figured it was about time we caught up with the hockey sensation.
So, where did the passion for sports and competitive hockey stem from? Luke explains, “I was very hyperactive as a child with a lot of energy to burn. My mum saw a notice on the door at school advertising the East Grinstead Hockey Club (EGHC), so she took me down and it went from there. I really started to focus on my hockey from about 13, up until then, I did every sport under the sun but was lucky enough to start playing in adult teams, and hockey began to take up a lot of time and become the most important to me. My first adult team was East Grinstead Men’s 3’s at 14. I moved into the men’s 1’s who played at the highest level and got my fist cap at 15. I always wanted to play at the highest level, but the stats showed that only one or two from the age groups made it through to senior status. I am the only one from those born in 1994 to be there still.”
From the many years of travelling and competition, Luke shares his career highlight to date, “The Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar. It was an amazing experience playing in front of huge crowds, and we came 4th at the tournament, losing in the bronze medal match.”
Luke’s currently residing in Washington West Sussex where training has been pretty full-on during the lockdown. “I’ve still been training pretty hard during the lockdown, however more running sessions and bike sessions rather than on-pitch stuff.
Alongside training, I have been helping Spring Gardens Farm Shop by delivering to those who have been isolating. Lockdown for me hasn’t been tough as I am living on a farm, my surroundings are fantastic, and we have a new puppy to keep us entertained.” While Luke may be settling down well into this new temporary-normal, he confesses to looking forward to “returning to training at Bisham and catching up with teammates, catching up with Surbiton teammates and popping down to Cooper’s coffee shop with mates.”
At Zpurs, we just love seeing our products in action. Whether they’re hanging in your hallway keeping the school shoes in check, or whether our Zpurs are clipped to your gym bag waiting for the next training session. For Luke, who’s been using Zpurs for the past year, he explains that our innovative shoe-clip design is “really handy because my hockey shoes don’t smell great so they give me a good option to have them attached to my stick bag airing out rather than making everything in my bag smell. They are one of my real essentials on game day as they help to keep the rest of my kit fresh!”
You can follow Luke on Instagram to keep up to date with his training, and of course, his adorable new puppy, Frank.