Below are the profiles for Banbury Hockey Club’s coaches:
||Head of Coaching
Steve started coaching in 2003. He has been privileged to coach a wide range of levels from Club and school to Victoria state and U21 Australian teams.
While over in the UK he has been able to coach U15 girls and boys on a Tuesday and Wednesday at Banbury Hockey Club and has also involved with the hockey program at Bloxham School.
He is a big believer in providing every player the opportunity to develop their playing abilities through positive feedback using “game play”.
||Men’s 1st XI Coach
Matt has coached and played at a variety of levels, from complete beginner to National League.
He is open minded about how the game should be played and believes in players having the ability to think for themselves (provided they have the necessary basics to do so!).
He has been connected to the club for many years and has overseen a number of promotions, cup triumphs and is passionate about the role hockey has in shaping the lives of young people.
||Level 2 Coach, 1st XI men’s team manager, Juniors County Coach
Stephen now manages the men’s 1st XI following a 40 year career playing indoor and outdoor hockey for a variety of Clubs. He attends men’s training on Wednesday evenings to assist the Coach, spot talent and confirm player selection.
Stephen also coaches and manages the Banbury u13 boys JDC and the Oxford JAC (County) side at the same age group.
||Ladies 1st XI Coach
Sadie started coaching when she was 15 at a local primary school but her main interest has always been in playing. She represented England at the British University games in 2000 and played in the National Premier League for Sutton Coldfield whilst studying at Worcester University.
Sadie coached Worcester University for two years and has continued her coaching at a variety of clubs, schools and county teams throughout Oxfordshire since my return back to the ‘shire’.
||Men’s 2nd XI Coach, Level 3 Coach
Tony played 1st XI hockey for 17 years for Banbury before ‘retiring’ to concentrate on coaching. Having coached juniors and seniors, men and ladies at all levels from club and Junior County to Senior County, from the MBBO through to the National League (Men’s) he returned to Banbury in 2005 to work with the Banbury Men’s 1stXI for 4 successful seasons.
He is delighted to be now coaching the Banbury Men’s 2nd XI for a second season following their promotion last season and hopefully helping to support the development of future 1st XI players.
||Men’s 3rd & 4th XI Coach, Level 2 Club & County coach
Andy has been coaching junior and senior hockey for over 20 years and has been playing hockey for over 35 years.
He coaches the Tuesday evening session for the men’s 3s, Piranhas, & men’s 4s, and also coaches and manages the Oxfordshire County boy’s squads.
Andy also manages and plays for the club’s successful Piranha team.
||Ladies 3rd & 4th XI Coach, Level 2 Club Coach
Carol has been coaching junior hockey for 15 years, senior hockey for 4 and has been playing for over 30 years.
She coaches the Tuesday evening session for the ladies (3′ , 4’s, back to hockey and developing girls breaking into senior hockey) and is part of the junior girls coaching team (also on a Tuesday) , as well as coaching at various schools in the Chipping Norton Catchment area.
She co-ordinates the Ladies Development Team which aims to give girls not yet ready for Ladies League a chance to play 11aside hockey with some senior players.
||Ladies 3rd & 4th XI Coach, Level 2 Club and County coach
Simon has been coaching junior hockey for over 20 years, and playing hockey for 40 years.
He coaches the Tuesday evening sessions for the Junior girls & Ladies general Club training, has managed and coached the Club’s under 16 girls, as well as coaching Junior Development Centres, and the Oxfordshire County girls.
Simon plays for the Club’s successful Veterans team, and is also the Men’s Club Captain.
||Level 3 Hockey Coach, England Hockey National Age Group Academy Coach and Sainsbury’s School Games Coach, England Hockey National Coach Developer
I have been researching and working in children’s sport, youth sport and grass roots sport for the majority of my working life. I believe that the creation of amazing sports experiences is central to the growth of any sport and that coaches are pivotal to this process.
Becoming an expert talent development coach is my life’s goal and passing this knowledge on to help develop other coaches is a genuine passion. I am a National Age Group Talent Development Coach at England Hockey working with some of the top U16 and U18 players in the country.
I was recently at the Sainsbury’s School Games as one of the coaching team with one of the England Teams represented at the event. I am also a coach developer for England Hockey delivering coach development workshops on Engaging Games for Children and Coaching for Talent.
Last year I delivered 15 workshops and was in front of over 250 coaches. I have a pretty popular blog at www.thetalentequation.co.uk where I provide articles and courses for parents and coaches on subjects related to talent development.
||Level 1 Club Coach, Level 2 Regional Umpire, Level 1 Club/County Umpire Assessor
Jim has been coaching junior hockey for 5 years, has been playing hockey for over 35 years and umpiring for the last 20 years.
He coaches and organises the Sunday session for primary school children, and also manages the U10s and U12s at various festivals throughout the season.
||Level 2 Coach & Qualified Physical Education Teacher
James has coached in America, Australia and now works at a local school as a Hockey Specialist.
He coaches the Women’s 3&4s on a Tuesday, U13 Banbury JDC’s. James also plays for the Banbury Men’s 1st XI.
||Level 1 Hockey Coach
Rob has been coaching junior and senior hockey for 25 years, has played for over 35 years, and is also a qualified Umpire.
He coaches part-time on Sunday mornings, and has in the past coached in Cheshire and Dorset, where he helped run the County Junior Squads.
When fit and not on childcare duties, Rob trots out occasionally for the Men’s 4ths and Vets, and umpires.
|Additional Junior Coaches||Lucy Wilkes