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After five years with Hockey Wales, we bid farewell and good luck to our Head of Performance, Dan Clements, who’ll be leaving us to take up post as Performance Coach Manager with the WRU next month.

Since joining the team in 2013, Dan has become a highly-respected figure across Hockey Wales, playing an integral role in shaping our core values and identity. Dan’s influence across our performance programmes have been key in moulding the style of play and professionalism we’re now accustomed to seeing from our national teams and performance staff.

Wishing Dan well on the next chapter in his career, Hockey Wales CEO, David Phenis:

Dan has played a significant role in driving improvements across Hockey Wales, most recently the success of our national squads and will be a huge loss to Hockey Wales but I would like to congratulate Dan on his exciting new role. I would also like to thank Dan for being an outstanding work colleague but more importantly a very good friend. A person of Dan’s calibre will be very difficult to replace however we will be commencing the recruitment process for Dan’s replacement shortly. Given the fantastic performance of our teams during the Games we are hopeful that this role can attract a high calibre of candidate.

Throughout his time with Hockey Wales, Dan has worked closely with a number of people including Wales’ Head Coaches, Zak Jones and Kevin Johnson. Having recruited Johnson to work with Wales’ senior women in March 2016, Dan’s legacy will live on through the work both coaches are doing with our national teams.

Since joining Hockey Wales, and no doubt long before that, Dan has been a constant source of support; it’s this level of support that’s allowed us to grow areas of our performance programme to the place where we see it today. I can think of no better example of what Dan has given to his role than that just witnessed in the Commonwealth Games where both the men and women received so many plaudits for both the passion and quality that was being produced in equal measure. Always being considerate of the bigger picture and the sequential measures needed to entertain these aspirations, Dan has shown vision, clarity of purpose, empathy, sensitivity and calm reasoning throughout; I will be sad to see him move on but of course wish him all the best success in his new role. – Kevin Johnson

During his time with Hockey Wales, Dan has had a huge impact in so many areas and has been instrumental in transforming the performance aspect of hockey in Wales. He will be hugely missed and leaves a very big void to fill. I’m extremely grateful to him for his professionalism and support and have thoroughly enjoyed working with him over the past few years. I am incredibly disappointed to lose him, but also full appreciate the exciting opportunity his new position with the WRU presents and on behalf of both myself and the senior men’s squad would like to take this opportunity to wish him all the very best and every success in his new role. – Zak Jones

Reflecting on his time with Hockey Wales, Dan said:

Working for Hockey Wales has been an absolute privilege and one that I have thoroughly enjoyed. There’s been too many highlights on the pitch to single out just one, but I am especially proud of the progress we have made on the international scene and with our junior pathway. No doubt though, the biggest highlight has been the opportunity to meet and work with a number of great people throughout the game and I am forever indebted for this.

Please join us in thanking Dan for all his hard work, loyalty and commitment these last five years and wishing him the very best on this exciting new opportunity ahead of him!

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