Charley Keen will be returning on the bench in 2022-23 for the Bristol Honda Pitbulls in her role as Sports Therapist, having spent most of the 21-22 season with the team. 

Charley began in ice hockey as a therapist with the Swindon Wildcats, then going on to work with the EIHA with the England set-up in their medical team, becoming head of medical for the EIHA. Charley has also worked with GB Womens at senior and U18 level. 

Charley is currently a research scholar at Swansea University whilst also being sports rehabilitation lecturer at the University of the West of England. Her work through UWE has also allowed the club to access a larger number of therapists on a matchday. 

Head coach Jamie Elson knows how important Charley will be with the team stepping up to National League and the extra toll that will have on the roster. He said, “Having Charley back on board supporting us off ice is huge as a team and organisation. Giving our players the best possible care off ice is important to us as we want to create a professional environment in Bristol where the players have the structure and support to perform.  

“Charley was a huge asset to us throughout the season last year at games and practice. Her treatment of the players was excellent and on top of that she has lots of previous experience with the sport so knows what the players go through and the demands of the sport and this league. With her around it allowed us to have weekly rehab sessions at the rink and she was always on hand to help assess players quickly who needed attention.  

“Through her work at UWE we also managed to have Sport Massage students assigned to the team during the weekends to help prepare the players and support post game recovery which is critical when the team must play back-to-back every weekend. With the step up to National League and the additional demands, Charley will be a vital part of our off ice staff, and we couldn’t be happier to have her back with us as we start to build for September.”