Wales’ senior men’s Head Coach Zak Jones is currently working with the Great Britain men’s hockey team as an assistant coach
2017 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament in Malaysia.
Jones has linked up with Head Coach Bobby Crutchley and his management team who leads his new-look squad for the tournament, an invitational event featuring four of the world’s top eight teams. Teams taking part include current World Champions and Champions Trophy holders Australia, plus New Zealand, Japan, India and Malaysia.
The tournament will run from 29th April until 6th May 2017 and will be held in Ipoh, Perak.
Jones, who has assisted with GB U23 and development programmes in the past will link up with the GB senior men’s team for the duration of the tournament before returning to his Wales commitments and a busy summer of European competition.
On receiving the news Jones said:
“I am really looking forward to linking up with the GB coaching staff and squad. The playing group is a very talented one, many of whom I have been fortunate enough to have worked with in the past at GB U21 or U23 level. The trip is a great opportunity to work within a senior Great Britain setting, at a high profile tournament, in the very unique and challenging conditions that playing in Malaysia will present for both the players and the staff”
The tournament in Malaysia presents itself as a fantastic development opportunity for Jones, something that is not lost on him as the Wales programme aims to replicate facets of the GB programme on a local level. He added:
“It as a fantastic opportunity for me to continue to learn and develop as a coach, as the trip provides a unique environment for the sharing of ideas between all the home nations within a GB context and I am very much looking forward to contributing to its success in any way I can”
Lastly, when asked about the selection of Dan Kyriakides in the playing squad he stated:
“I will hopefully also have the added bonus of watching, with great pride, a Wales Senior Men’s player pull on a Great Britain shirt for the first time in well over a decade!”
Commenting on the news Head of Performance Dan Clements stated:
“I am really pleased for Zak and this news is testament to his hard work and dedication to his craft as a coach. No doubt he will benefit from working with GB over this period in such a prestigious tournament and it is a great example of the close working relationship between GB and the home nations that will no doubt assist with progress across the board”