Hockey: Downing street day to savour for Bhogal

Bobby Bhogal.
Bobby Bhogal.
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LEEDS coach Bobby Bhogal continues to open new doors in the world of hockey – and none other than the door of 10 Downing Street this week!

Bhogal, coach of star daughter Ashpal and also an England Junior High Performance hockey coach, was invited to attend a Prime Minister’s reception in London this week to celebrate Vaisakhi, the Sikh new year.

Leeds Met employee Bhogal was also crowned coach of the year at recent year’s British Asian Sports Awards but admits a trip to ‘number 10’ really did take the breath away.

“Sports can open any doors in a person’s career, what better door can number 10 be,” he said.

“It was great honour and privilege to be at 10 Downing street yesterday. I know had my father been here, he would have been so proud.

“What a tremendous day not just for Sikhs but for any person getting an opportunity to go to Downing Street. Walking in the steps of some prolific and outstanding people was a humbling experience. We are so proud to be British, it’s unreal.

“We are grateful to our spiritual guru ‘Satguru Jagjit Singh Ji’ for their daily blessings.”

Bhogal attended the reception along with his wife Davinder Kaur, daughter Ashpal, 16, and son Hari, 7.

Last year Ashpal became the first Sikh female to be called up to any England hockey set up.