ACT Construction is providing financial assistance to two stars of Scottish hockey.
The Glasgow-based company, which specialises in the design and installation of temperature-controlled environments, fire-rated partitions and data centre fit outs, has pledged to sponsor Scotland women’s senior squad captain, Kareena Cuthbert (nee Marshall), and top Surbiton player, Robyn Collins.
The sponsorship, to the tune of four figures over 18 months, gives both players much-needed cash support as they bid for major competition success over the next two years.
Cuthbert and Collins are currently competing in the World Cup qualifiers for a chance to play in the 2018 Women’s Hockey World Cup. They will play in the European Championships later this year and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.
The sponsorship decision was driven by ACT Construction managing director, Ken Godsman, who became involved with the sport through his daughter’s participation in hockey. He is originally from Greenock, where Cuthbert played for Greenock Hockey Club from the age of seven to 18.
Her mother, Judith, is a former England international and encouraged Kareena, known as Kaz, and son, William, also a highly-regarded Scottish hockey player, to take up the sport.
Ken said: “I’m a long-standing member of Greenock Cricket Club, which had a vibrant hockey section and so I have known Kaz and Willie since they played there as youngsters.
“From my time with Cricket Scotland as board director for 15 years, I understand how hard it is to get support of any kind in minority sports. Every little goes to help these athletes and I wanted to do something to give two outstanding hockey players the opportunity to fulfill their international sporting dreams.
“I’ve seen Kaz grow to become a seasoned high-performance international athlete. Robyn was introduced to me through Kaz and I was impressed by her enthusiasm and commitment to hockey, too, as well as her player talents.
“I am very happy to be supporting two deserving and dedicated athletes.”
Cuthbert, who is also coach and manager of the successful Western Wildcats, based in Milngavie, boasts an impressive player CV with more than 100 international caps.
The centre defender’s highlight achievements include being part of the winning 2011 European Trophy team and finishing sixth in the European Championships 2015, during which she scored a goal against England.
The 29 year-old played in the Commonwealth Games 2010 in Delhi but was forced to miss out on Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games due to injury.
Collins, 24, is also a centre defender and tipped as a rising young star player for Scotland. She is originally from South Africa but fell in love with the sport when she moved as a child with her family to the UK and then lived in Glasgow.
Collins, now living in London, won a silver medal at the Home Nations in 2010 and in 2013 was selected for Team GB at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.
Cuthbert, a physiotherapist, reveals what the sponsorship will mean to her and her team mate. She said: “The Scotland squad are focusing on several big competitions this year and next and this requires us to take a lot of time off work for training, travel and to compete.
“The financial support is invaluable in allowing us to pursue our sport. We are very grateful to Ken and ACT.”
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