BEN EATON STEPS DOWN FROM ROLE AS WALES WOMEN’S TEAM MANAGER!
After seven years with Hockey Wales, we’re sad to say goodbye to women’s team manager, Ben Eaton, who has made the decision to step down from the role to spend more time with his family.
A journey that began in 2011 during the Junior Celtic Cup in Wrexham, Ben has been a solid figure within our performance set up, overseeing more than 100 matches, five Europeans, two World Leagues and as of Gold Coast, two Commonwealth Games.
Throughout his time with Hockey Wales, Ben has offered unwavering support and guidance through some significant changes, in both the structure and performance of the women’s team.
Hockey Wales Head of Performance, Dan Clements said:
Benny has been a fantastic member of staff for Hockey Wales and he will be sorely missed. He has brought a lot to the women’s management team though his excellent skill set, but most importantly he is a great person and it is those human qualities that shine through and will be missed the most around the whole place. His impact over the 7 years has been profound and I am sure his legacy with the squad will continue over the coming cycles.
Over the years, Ben has played a major part as the team make colossal strides, most notably rising through the rankings and accomplishing key milestones, such as winning gold in C division in 2013 and the 3-0 whitewash of Scotland in Glasgow last May. His time in post has allowed Ben the opportunity to observe the women grasp their potential as a squad as well as see the GB call up of Welsh athletes Sarah Jones and Rose Thomas.
Reflecting over his time with Hockey Wales and the women’s squad, Ben Eaton shared:
I will be forever grateful to Amanda Partington for giving me the opportunity to be the women’s manager. The wonderful people I have met, the amazing places I have been and the fantastic experiences I’ve had will live with me forever. The role has tested every aspect of my skill set, personality, resolve and ambitions but it has been worth every minute. Experiencing both the struggles and the successes with the squad, I’ve learnt a great deal about myself and I am sure that these experiences have taught me a great deal about not only hockey and sport, but life in general. The role, the people and the organisation; is not an easy thing to step away from, and I am sure I will miss it greatly when the team compete again later this year, but now feels like the right time to step away and to spend some more time with my family. I’ve often had to choose between hockey and weddings, christenings, holidays, birthday parties etc. My family, friends and employers have always supported that decision and I will be forever thankful as it has allowed me to support the team to develop. The squad is in a great place and have shown the world what they are capable of, I can only see the squad getting even better in the coming years and I look forward to watching when this happen.
Hockey Wales CEO, David Phenis:
I would like to thank Ben for his dedication to Hockey in Wales over the last few years. Ben has played a major role in helping improve the environment and performance of our senior squads and will be missed by all involved. Ben has committed so much time to improving hockey in Wales and we respect his decision to spend more time with his family and wish him all the best for the future.