Meet the Team

Taff Ahmed – Founder & Editor in Chief

Taff Ahmed founded The Hockey Family in 2012, after he’d been providing the local community with information about hockey events taking place in the area and even coaching camps and getting people to play hockey for the local club via his personal Twitter account for the previous two years.
Since then, Taff has built ‘The Hockey Family’ into a worldwide recognised brand using his passion for promoting the sport he loves so much, in which he has been a hockey player and coach for over 25 years.

Claire Allen – Writer, Communications & Accreditation Manager

Claire Allen is from Northamptonshire and is a hockey and sports fanatic, following all levels from grass roots to international level. Claire plays hockey as a Goalkeeper in winter leagues and ladies 7’s in the summer leagues, and is also a sports coach in her spare time. Claire is a passionate sports writer and is thrilled to now be writing for The Hockey Family.


Joanne Pilson – Writer & Editor

Joanne Pilson is from Doncaster, England and is the Communications Officer for Worksop Ladies Hockey Club, writing original, topical content about hockey and women’s sports. Joanne plays hockey, cricket and football and enjoys them with a passion, although she’s only done so for the last five years. Sport has done so much to enhance her life, she continuously encourages others to take part and does all she can to promote it.


 Jemma Robbins – Writer & Photographer

Jemma Robbins is from Sheffield, England and is a coach, the junior coordinator and welfare officer for Worksop Ladies Hockey Club. She writes topical content about and covers women’s hockey. Jemma enjoys hockey, netball, football and generally keeping fit but is particularly passionate about hockey after returning to the sport she loved at school four years ago. Since then she has been involved in all aspects of her club as a captain, been a hockey maker volunteer and actively promotes other women to get involved in sport.

Nic Rogers – Writer

Nicki Rogers, from Northamptonshire, studied Physical Education at the University of Brighton. Nic is a PE teacher who is passionate about sport and education and the benefits and positive values they promote. She has competed in sports including football, table tennis, rounders and has most recently taken up hockey.



Melina Gaspar – Writer

Melina Gaspar is from Mendoza, Argentina, and sports are her passion. She plays football and likes to run on a regular basis. She has also played basketball and handball. Melina is very excited to write for The Hockey Family because she loves her national hockey team Las Leonas to death and wants to be a writer. She’s finishing university and looks forward to finally taking up hockey next year. She’s a pizza lover and loves to read.