Introducing the CoPHC Coaching Team
As part of 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. Many of our coaching team have come up through our junior system and all represent the club in the top teams.
Mike Yeoman has been appointed the clubs very first Director of Hockey, a new role which will see him over see the entire coaching and playing vision of the club. He has a wealth of experience both playing and coaching internationally. Mike has just successfully guided the men's first team to back to back promotions into the EH National League East Conference and last season into the new EH National League Division 1 (North) having spent his most recent years guiding junior teams to national finals, particularly in the indoor format.
Mike Yeoman coaches both Men's and Ladies first and second teams, but due to recent success has restructured the coaching set up. Whilst still coaching the Men's 1st team and over seeing the Men's 2nds and Ladies 1st/2nds, he has made the following appointments - the vastly experienced Adam Drake becomes player / coach of the Men’s 2nd team. Nathan Foad and Joe Finding, will become Ladies 1st & 2nd team coaches respectively. Also, as a part of the plan, the vastly experienced Ed Walker has been appointed player / coach of the Men's 3rd team. These coaches will be supported by goal keeping coaches Jonathan Short for Men’s 1st & 2nds, Paul Hillsdon for the Ladies 1st & 2nds, Dan Barkworth for Ladies 3rds/4ths, with Michael Green covering Junior boys and girls Goalkeeping coaching. As part of these changes, one or two of the senior ladies are being encouraged to get involved with the coaching of their respective teams too.
Jordan Heald, Ed and Paul Hillsdon are the main support coaches for the senior sides - the ladies on a Wednesday and the men on a Thursday evening.
Jordan Heald, Neil Lake, Adam Wilson and Nathan Foad look after the junior coaching sessions through the week. Nathan is the lead coach for juniors over the age of 12, with Jordan taking the lead for Sunday morning Mini Hockey (12 years and under) which is an ever growing session supported by Neil, Adam, Michael Green and many other junior and parent volunteers. Adam also runs a advanced technical session for juniors on Friday evenings.
Nathan, Jordan, Joe and Adam were members of the 1st team that got promoted to the National League Division 1 North this year. With Richard Herbage (who looks after junior boys teams in EH competition), this group of coaches have all been involved with Club coaching, and particularly junior coaching within the England hockey player pathway system for some time.
These coaches will be supported by the next generation who wish to become hockey coaches.
Details of Club training sessions can be found here http://www.cityofpeterboroughhockeyclub.co.uk/training_details