Introducing the CoPHC Coaching Team
As part of our plans for a sustainable future at the club, City of Peterborough is rightly proud of the talented coaching team that is currently in place, and which continues to develop. Most of our coaching team have come up through our junior system at some point in their careers and although they may have moved elsewhere for a time to broaden their experience of hockey, they continue to come back to the club they grew up with, and many continue to coach whilst playing at other clubs.
Head Coach is Gareth Andrew, who as a junior was part of the England squad, and played much of his top-flight hockey at National Premier Side, Cannock before moving to Holcombe where he played in the side which won the Premiership last sesaon. Gareth is widely regarded as one of the best forwards in the country and he brings the skills learned whilst playing at the top level to his coaching at Peterborough. He plays his league hockey at Holcombe alongside a host of GB stars including Barry Middleton, Ian Lewers and Ashley Jackson, and the experience he is gaining from both playing and being coached there continues to benefit both players and coaches at CoPHC
Mens 1st team coach Mike Yeoman looks after the mens 1st & 2nd XI squad, having come back to coach outdoors at the club after an absence of some 5 years. Mike is not only a highly respected coach at international level, having looked after various age groups in his native Wales up to age 21 in the past decade, but has also been responsible for the early careers of many of the current CoPHC players having worked as Hockey Coach at Thomas Deacon Academy in Peterborough for around 7 years. Mike's success at TDA led the school teams of different ages to many national finals, breaking the stranglehold of the indpendent sector locally. More recently he has been working at Oakham School alongside a host of other international players and coaches.
Gareth and the rest of his team of coaches look after all ladies' League teams and the mens 3rd XI downwards at their midweeek evening sessions, bringing continuity to players as they progress through the teams with age and experience. Neil Evans, Jordan Heald and Paul Hillsdon are the main support coaches for the senior sides - the ladies on a Weds evening and the men on a Thursday whilst Neil Evans, Adam Wilson and Nathan Foad look after the junior coaching sessions through the week.
Our junior sides are well catered for as well. Over the past 5 years, our junior section has been thriving and has achieved a number of National age-group final appearances both indoor and outdoor. Building on the work started by Mike Yeoman, we find many of our young players represent county or regional teams. The number of boys and girls taking part in the single system from JDC through to Futures Cup and HiPac continues to increase every year.
Paul Hillsdon (U18), Adam Wilson (U16) and Richard Herbage (U14) are the coaches for the junior Boys sides, developing them as players within their own age groups whilst Neil Evans (U16) and Nathan Foad (U14) look after the junior girls with the same aim..
These coaches are supported by an army of other qualified level-1 and level-2 coaches who enthusiastically give their time and experience at the wide range of training sessions operated at City of Peterborough.
The youngest members (generally aged 5 - 12, boys and girls) train on Sunday mornings under the guidance of Adam Wilson, Jordan Heald, Paul Hillsdon and Neil Lake
There is an additional mixed junior session are on Friday evenings, led by Adam Wilson, aimed at those aged 10 - 15 who are less experienced than their peers, either by age or by not having had opportunities at school.
Details of training sessions can be found here http://www.cityofpeterboroughhockeyclub.co.uk/training_details
To ensure that City of Peterborough always has the coaching capability it needs, the club actively encourages players to take the coaching courses offered by the EHB, and subsidises the cost in return for a commitment to use the newly acquired skills for the benefit of all. . These club members will no doubt be joined by many more, and will help secure City of Peterborough Hockey Club as a centre of excellence in the East.