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£8,607
pledged of £25,000pledged of £25,000 goal
44
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, February 1 2016 7:30 AM UTC +00:00

About

Who the heck are Crown Hockey? We’re Crown Hockey and we make carbon fibre hockey sticks, using world renowned British Formula 1 Racing technology and our patented vibration damping dimples, to create powerful yet lightweight, and extremely durable sticks that “just feel great” to play with!

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Where are you from then? All of our hockey sticks are manufactured by us in Reading, England. A big benefits of being both the brand and manufacture is that we can invest a huge amount more into our products. Using top quality materials from our UK Formula 1 materials suppliers and our brand new manufacturing process, we are making the best possible hockey sticks we can for you!

Why now? We want to bring together a community of hockey passionate individuals to provide critical feedback on our products before they arrive in shops in 2016, so we’re back on Kickstarter where the company first started to release our latest hockey stick, the CROWN Low-Bow! 

How can I get involved? Make a pledge (on the right) and receive the Crown Low-Bow months before it arrives in shops, and for your support we have some great early bird offers! It’s free to sign up (don’t worry, you won’t get loads of SPAM) and once we’ve reached our £25,000 target we will immediately begin manufacturing and we can guarantee delivery to your doorstep by the 30th of April 2016. Wherever you are in the world!

Want get in touch? Email us: hello@crownhockey.com (1-2hour response) or give us a call on +44 (0) 1256 885919 

  • The world's most technologically advanced field hockey stick. 
  • Patented vibration dampening dimples.
  • British Formula 1 Racing technology, for an incredibly uniform and durable construction.
  • 15⁰ Loft angle, perfect for aerials, 3D skills and top corner smashes!
  • 235mm bow position & 24.6mm extreme bow height.
  • Subtle groove on the hitting face to improve drag flicking.
  • Hand crafted by us in Britain!
  • Lightweight and yet extremely powerful. 
  • Made to order in any size between 35 and 39 inches.

With the support from our early backer from our first campaign we have perfected our manufacturing process and have created a hockey stick far stronger than we could have every expected.

At Crown we are implementing radical change!

We began by visiting F1 Racing component manufacturers in the UK. We spent the next 36 months working with these experts to develop a brand new manufacturing process, adapting and tailoring some of the precision techniques used by F1 teams.

Using an aerospace grade foam core we are able to position the carbon fibre more accurately and massively improve quality and consistency, and with F1 grade carbon fibre design specifically for high impact CROWN sticks aren’t going to break any time soon!

The CROWN Low-Bow boasts better feel, control, power and durability, due to the huge amount of work we have undertaken with players. And has an incredibly uniform structure, with no folds, warps or air bubbles in its construction, making it an incredibly tough!

"It's simple Crown sticks perform better and last much longer!" 

Our improvements are obvious when you compare the inside of a Crown stick (top) against a traditionally made competitors stick (bottom)

We have radically changed everything about how to create an extremely high performance hockey stick, but our task will never be complete, we are continuous improving, learning and testing. 

Recently teaming up with Sheffield Hallam University to conduct some experiments. We gathered some useful data on the mechanical performance of our hockey sticks as well as some slow motion footage:

Throughout the last 2 years we have spoken to 1000's of players, made 100's of prototypes and have created a product with incredible feel, control and power… but don’t just take our word for it, check out what players have been saying:

Check out our trip to Chelmsford Hockey Club and see their reactions:

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See our UK tour highlights here:

We also showcase our first few prototypes at the 2014 Hockey World Cup, held in the Netherlands:

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Founder Evan (CEO) conceived the concept at Brighton University, after playing hockey at cold winter training nights and experiencing the painful shock of vibration when striking the ball. Long-term exposure to vibration can cause damage to mechanoreceptors in the hand and have permanent effects on skin sensitivity and feeling. 

Determined to save his hands, working on a new designs Evan discovered that increasing the surface area with dimples helped to reduce these vibrations to a far more comfortable level. Launching his idea on Kickstarter.com in 2013 and flooded with emails from pros and the hockey community, he has turned the project into a premium sports brand.

Evan then took the dimpled stick idea to the world of Kickstarter...back then we only had one 3D printed prototype:  

Check out our 3D printing film:

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The first Crown Kickstarter campaign was a success, and provided the initial funds for prototyping, we began to perfect our new manufacturing process by letting players try Crown sticks for themselves.

                                                                                    
         

  For more information about the rewards above, and more, please take a look at the rewards column on the right-hand side of this page.

Ross and Nick Gonsalves (both former South African international players) will lead the Crown Hockey Africa team. They have already agreed terms with 6 shops that will stock Crown sticks beginning January 2016.

More stockists will be announced in the following few months.... watch this space.

 Add an additional amount to any pledge to receive extra rewards:

 Please take a look and share around our social media pages!

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 What is Kickstarter?

You probably already know but for those of you who are new to kickstarter and have reached us organically, Kickstarter is a funding platform for projects and special product release, before they are release to the general public. You make a pledge, to a campaign (project) in return for a reward. Which in our case is either our brand new CROWN Low-Bow hockey stick or a whole host of other rewards listed on the right hands side of the screen.

What happen if you don’t reach your target?

When we reach our target we will ship the rewards all around the world and we guarantee delivery by the 30th of April 2016. If you chose not to pledge and our goal is not met, no money at all will be withdrawn from your account.

Are there any catches?  

Nope. Once you make a pledge you can then sit back and wait for your reward to arrive!! We would however like to express how much we would love you to provide feedback on our products in order to improve them for the future. We want to build a community of hockey passionate individuals who care about the sport and want to push technology in the sport further and further. So please do keep in touch!

Risks and challenges

The two problems we will face whilst improving the quality of field hockey equipment will be; awareness and funding.
We know we can make a huge difference to the hockey world, this will require expensive custom equipment, and without players knowing about Crown the progress we will make will be pointless if no-one knows what we have achieved, so please share us as much as possible to progress hockey further.
Even-though we have made huge improvements so far, we know that we have only explored the tip of the iceberg when it comes to composite hockey stick manufacture.

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    Pledge £5 or more About US$ 6

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

    Get shortlisted to gain access to future Crown product months before they arrive on the market!
    Every pledge will go towards product development and bring new product to you before anyone else.

    Pledge £20 and receive our mega chamois grip pack. 4 chamois grips available in Dutch Orange, Purple Velvet, Jet Black & Brilliant White.

    Pledge £45 and get the ultra-light and compact Crown Down Jacket, roll it up and put it in your kit bag. Great for those cold winter training nights (available in ladies and mens fit).

    Pledge £65 and play in our Kickstarter backer’s tournament. Play with the CROWN Low-Bow in a tournament with your fellow Kickstarter backers, at a hockey pitch near you (UK only).

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    Pledge £200 or more About US$ 249

    (SUPER SUPER Early Bird) CROWN Low-Bow.

    Be the first to get your hold of the CROWN Low-Bow, months before it arrives in shops! (estimated RRP £325). Choose between Pearlescent Purple/Green, Dutch Orange & Jet Black. Made to order in any size between 35 and 39 inches.

    + £10 for personal message or name your stick.
    + £15 for CROWN sports tee with our gold thread embroidered logo.

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    Pledge £240 or more About US$ 299

    (SUPER Early Bird) CROWN Low-Bow.

    Be the first to get your hold of the CROWN Low-Bow, months before it arrives in shops (estimated RRP £325). Choose between Pearlescent Purple/Green, Dutch Orange & Jet Black. Made to order in any size between 35 and 39 inches.

    + £10 for personal message or name your stick.
    + £15 for CROWN sports tee with our gold thread embroidered logo.

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    (Early Bird) CROWN Low-Bow.

    Be the first to get your hold of the CROWN Low-Bow, months before it arrives in shops (estimated RRP £325). Choose between Pearlescent Purple/Green, Dutch Orange & Jet Black. Made to order in any size between 35 and 39 inches.

    + £10 for personal message or name your stick.
    + £15 for CROWN sports tee with our gold thread embroidered logo.

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    Pledge £299 or more About US$ 373

    CROWN Low-Bow.

    Be the first to get your hold of the CROWN Low-Bow, months before it arrives in shops! (estimated RRP £325). Choose between Pearlescent Purple/Green, Dutch Orange & Jet Black. Made to order in any size between 35 and 39 inches.

    + £10 for personal message or name your stick.
    + £15 for CROWN sports tee with our gold thread embroidered logo.

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    Pledge £500 or more About US$ 623

    The Premium Pack.

    - CROWN Low-Bow X2
    - Crown Performance Tee X1 (white, black or navy)
    - CROWN sports tee with our gold thread embroidered logo (four colour options)
    - A pair of CROWN shorts
    (all available in mens and women fit)

    + £10 for personal message or name your stick.

    OR

    FULLY CROWN CUSTOM

    Your dream stick, you specify everything!
    - Start with our Mid bow or Low bow shape.
    - Select any graphics or colours, whatever you like.
    - Specify your perfect balance point.
    - As well as your perfect weight.
    - Add your name or a personal message.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About US$ 1,246

    The Royal Treatment

    Two Crown Low or Mid Bow customised exclusively for you, with your specified weight, balance point and graphics. This package also includes:
    - Our Mega chamois grip pack, in all of our colours (Brilliant White, Jet Black, Purple Velvet & Dutch Orange)
    - A full set of our current Crownwear range, in every colour, (13 items in total) all embroidered with you initials.
    (available in mens & womens fit)

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    Pledge £2,300 or more About US$ 2,866

    Make your Team a Crown Team!

    11 Crown sticks, Low Bow or Mid bow. We will even colour them to match your team's kit, and add squad numbers.

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    Pledge £5,000 or more About US$ 6,230

    Meet the CROWN Team and join us with VIP tickets for you and a friend to the Hockey World League final in London June 2016, dinner with the CROWN team and 2 nights stay in 5 star hotel in London.
    Plus you will get two of your own custom Crown Sticks made!

    (Plane ticket not included)

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Funding period

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