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New Year, New Look, New Coaches

As we move into 2021 with our fingers firmly crossed that we would have some much-needed hockey this year, we are pleased to introduce our new Pathway Development Coaches.

The appointed coaches are Adam Broomfield and Ellie Pye working with the U18 and U16 Girls respectively, and Singh Jasminder Bal and Ieuan Bartlett who will be coaching the U18 and U16 Boys. Additionally, to ensure specialist coaching for goalkeepers, Tom Chadwick has been appointed to the role of National Pathway Goalkeeping Lead.

The Pathway Development Coaches (PDCs) are a new element of the Pathway, providing an opportunity to work with players at both Regional and NAGs level, Head of Pathway Kevin Johnson explains,

“As part of the planning of our coaching structure within the new Pathway, a new tier has been implemented for additional assistants for each squad called Pathway Development Coaches.

“This is part of our commitment to expose more of our Pathway coaches that coach in Wales the opportunities to be exposed to National Age Group and Regional Coaching positions.

“These coaches will assist the Head Coaches at the Regional Centres, provide an additional coaching resource at the National Camps and be supported and developed as part of our ongoing coach development programme.”

The calibre of coaching staff on the Pathway is exceptional and will be a wonderful learning experience for all players involved.

The U18 Girls will be under the watchful eye of Adam Broomfield, who is currently Head of Hockey at the Cathedral School (Llandaff) and Head Coach at Whitchurch Hockey Club. He also works with the Firebrands Ladies, Rhondda Hockey Club and other clubs in the Cardiff area.

"I feel privileged to be working for Hockey Wales and I'm excited to work with such a talented group of players. I can't wait to get on the pitch and get started."

Ellie Pye has been appointed to work with the U16 Girls.

Having been introduced to the world of hockey by her brother she has been hooked ever since. She played for her local club Colwyn Bay and her high school, Ysgol Eirias, where she had extremely supportive and inspirational people around her that led her to become a teacher. She is currently teaching in Bangor and enjoying every moment of school life.

“Moving from playing to coaching allowed me to meet new people and become a part of new projects. I am really looking forward to meeting new people in this role and seeing what we can achieve.”

Singh Jasminder Bal will be working with the U18 Boys. He is currently studying Sports Coaching at Cardiff Metropolitan University, he is also an FIH level 2 coach and in process of completing FIH level 3.

To gain as much experience as possible, he also volunteers as assistant coach for Wales O35 men's, as well as coaching Howardians ladies 2nd team and University of South Wales.

"I have gained a lot of knowledge around international standard of hockey from ex international and current international players and coaches during FIH courses and workshops which have helped me become a better coach.”

Currently with Swansea Ladies 1’s in the English Premier League, Ieuan Bartlett has been appointed to work with the U16 Boys.

Bartlett started coaching with Whitchurch Youth in 2013 as part of his Welsh Baccalaureate. The Welfare Officer for Willows High School joined the Hockey Wales Player Pathway as a coach in 2016 and has been involved with both 360 and Aspire.

“I am delighted to be appointed to the National Age Group programme and, as a patriotic Welshman, look forward to developing future Internationals.”

Kevin Johnson is delighted with these latest appointments to the Pathway,

“Personally I am really pleased to see 4 coaches appointed to these roles who are very active in Hockey delivery in Wales in both club and pathway and these roles will offer them a wider perspective of the levels, standards and intensity of differing programmes across the talent development platform.”

In addition to the outfield coaches, Hockey Wales has appointed Tom Chadwick to the role of National Pathway Goalkeeping Lead.

Tom started his hockey career at his local club in Llandudno and his love for the game has grown ever since. Having been a goalkeeper for most of his playing career his passion for the sport lies there.

He started his coaching career at the North Wales Aspire centres, where he shadowed the lead coach, and in the last season Tom took on the role coaching Goalkeepers at centres across Wales,

“My passion for the sport lies with goalkeeping and I hope to help the next generation of Welsh players reach their full potential.

“I am delighted to have been given the lead coaching role for the goalkeepers and I’m excited to see what we can achieve as a team in the forthcoming seasons.”

Tom will be working closely with the Senior squad’s goalkeeping coaches to ensure there is a through line narrative that helps develop our young keepers for possible future International duties, Kevin Johnson explains,

“The appointment of Tom Chadwick as the National Pathway Goalkeeping Lead reinforces the importance we give to the coaching and development of our young goalkeepers.

“Tom will spend time at all Regional centres working with the goalkeepers as well as attending targeted National sessions.

“He will be regularly connecting with our Senior Goalkeeping leads, Keir Starley (Men) and Theo Dowse (Women), in ensuring we have a joined up approach to this specialised delivery to aid the transition of goalkeepers through the Pathway and into the Senior performance squads.”

Hockey Wales welcomes all the new Pathway Development Coaches and is delighted to have them on board.

L-R: Adam Broomfield, Ellie Pye, Singh Jasminder Bal, Ieuan Bartlett, Tom Chadwick

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