Commercial Director, Martin Purdy with Assistant Quantity Surveyor, Thomas Murray

Local homebuilder, Barratt Developments Yorkshire West is supporting Assistant Quantity Surveyor, Thomas Murray as he travels across the pond to compete in this year’s Ball Hockey World Championship in Canada.

Dedicated to supporting the communities in which it builds, the homebuilder is also committed to championing its staff with Tom representing Great Britain in this year’s tournament which will see teams from across the globe meet in Montreal, Canada to compete from the 21st to the 28th of June.

Ball Hockey, an off ice variant of ice hockey, is gradually becoming more popular in the UK however the trip to the tournament is self-funded. As a result, Barratt Developments Yorkshire West stepped in to donate £1,500 to ensure Thomas, who works across the homebuilders developments in Cleckheaton and Cudworth, could secure his place in Montreal and wear the Great Britain jersey with pride.

Despite many of the opposing teams being made up of full time players, the Great Britain Team is made up of those in normal jobs such as Plumbers, Sales Professionals and Surveyors who purely play for the joy of the sport.


On representing the nation at the World Championships, Thomas Murray said: “It’s a huge honour to be chosen to represent Great Britain in a sport that I love. Canada is the home of hockey, and to be able to go over there and wear the Great Britain jersey is something I will remember for the rest of my life. I am so grateful that Barratt Developments has been able to support funding the trip, and I can’t wait to see if we can bring a win home.”

Martin Purdy, Commercial Director at Barratt Developments Yorkshire West commented: “We are delighted to be able to support Thomas as he embarks on this exciting journey to Canada for the World Championships. We are committed to supporting local people on and around our developments in West and South Yorkshire, and that includes our employees. We will be cheering Tom on from home and can’t wait to hear more about his trip when he returns home – hopefully with a win!”