While at Marlborough College, Charles Atkin failed to command a regular place in the school hockey XI but on going up to Caius College, Cambridge, he won a blue and played at right-back against Oxford in 1909 and 1910. On leaving Cambridge, Atkins went on to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital and as a medical student he placed for Beckenham and Kent and represented England three times in 1913. He served in the war as a captain in the RAMC after which he followed his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather into the family medical practice in Sheffield. After Charles Atkins’s death, his son took over the practice to take the family connection into the fifth generation. After playing at left-back in the 1920 Olympics, Atkin made his eighth and final international appearance against Ireland in 1921. Apart from his accomplishments as a hockey player, Charles Atkin was a fine all-round sportsman. He represented the Hallamshire club at lawn tennis for many years and was also an enthusiastic angler and shot.