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Alan Forsyth

Ladies 1s Assistant Coach & Colts coach

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Alan Forsyth

Ladies 1s Assistant Coach & Colts coach

Name:
Alan Forsyth

Nickname:
Aldo

From:
Paisley, Scotland

Plays for:
Surbiton M1s, Scotland/GB

When did you start coaching at SHC?
2013

What coaching roles do you have at the club?
Ladies 1s Forwards coach & Colts coach

What’s the best piece of advice a coach ever gave you?
Enjoy it!

Arjan Drayton-Chana

Colts coach

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Arjan Drayton-Chana

Colts coach

Name:
Arjan Drayton-Chana

From:
Cannock

Plays for:
Surbiton Men’s 1s

When did you start coaching at SHC?
2016

What’s the best thing about the coaching structure at SHC?
How many kids are down at the club playing hockey every evening and Sunday

What do you enjoy most about coaching?
Showing the colts skills and then seeing them develop and use them in games

What’s the best piece of advice a coach ever gave you? 
Just be yourself

Ben Boon

U16 Boys Performance coach & other age groups

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Ben Boon

U16 Boys Performance coach & other age groups

Name:
Ben Boon

Nickname:
Boonie

From:
New Forest, Hampshire

Plays for:
Surbiton M1s

When did you start coaching at SHC?
May 2018

What coaching roles do you have at the club?
Club Coach for various age groups but mostly for the U16 Boys Performance

What do you think is the best or most unique thing about the colts / coaching structure at SHC?
The exposure to top international players who coach across all age groups. It's incredibly unique.

Brendan Creed

Men's 2's Head Coach

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Brendan Creed

Men's 2's Head Coach

Name:
Brendan Creed

Nickname:
Creedy

From:
Solihull

Plays for:
Surbiton M1s, England/GB

When did you start coaching at SHC?
2016

What coaching roles do you have at the club?
Men’s 2s Coach

What’s the best piece of advice a coach ever gave you?
Sometimes you need to give yourself a break

Eloise Stenner

Colts coach

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Eloise Stenner

Colts coach

Name:
Eloise Stenner

From:
South London

Plays for:
Surbiton Ladies 1s

When did you start coaching at SHC?
I helped on Sundays when I was 15 or 16 but this is my first proper year of coaching at the club having returned after university.

What do you think is the best or most unique thing about the coaching structure at SHC?
Access to coaches who have gone through the Surbiton Colts set up themselves and have had success from it, so have a great understanding of how to make it work.

What’s the best piece of advice a coach has ever given you?
However high up the system you get, never stop enjoying just playing!

Emily Guckian

Colts Coach

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Emily Guckian

Colts Coach

Name:
Emily Guckian

From:
Surrey

Plays for:
Surbiton Ladies 1s

Started coaching at SHC:
2019

What do you enjoy most about coaching?
Watching players take on advice and use it in the game

Fred Mannering

Colts Coach, SHC Men's Coach

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Fred Mannering

Colts Coach, SHC Men's Coach

Name:
Fred Mannering

Nickname: 
Freddie

From:
Kingston-Upon-Thames

Plays for:
Men’s 3As Captain 

When did you start coaching at SHC?
2015

What do you think is the most unique thing about the coaching structure at SHC? 
The most unique thing is definitely the sheer number of players that come down to play hockey each week. Having coached in other sporting programmes, it’s so brilliant to have so many different characters come down and bring a unique experience for us coaches, as well as the other players.

What do you enjoy most about coaching?
Seeing the players’ hard work pay off. When you see them progress as a player with a massive smile on on their face that’s the most rewarding aspect of coaching.

What’s the best piece of advice a coach ever gave you?
Always give it everything, but never go past the point where you’re not enjoying it. That’s where you start to love your love of the game.

Hannah Denison

Colts coach

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Hannah Denison

Colts coach

Name:
Hannah Denison

From:
Lancaster

Plays for:
Ladies 2s Captain

When did you start coaching at SHC?
2015

What’s the best thing about the coaching structure at SHC?
Having so many dedicated members of coaching staff from GB and all levels, all of whom are there to get the best out of every colt no matter what level they play at.

What do you enjoy most about coaching?
Having good fun relationships with the colts and seeing them become great people as well as developing their game.

What’s the best piece of advice a coach ever gave you? 
Don’t overthink it - just play the game and have confidence in your own ability

James Gall

Colts coach and occasional men's 2's coach

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James Gall

Colts coach and occasional men's 2's coach

Name:
James Gall

Nickname:
Jamma

From:
Essex

Plays for:
Surbiton M1s, England & Great Britain

When did you start coaching at SHC?
2013

What coaching roles do you have at the club?
Colts coach and occasional men’s 2nd XI

What do you enjoy most about coaching?
Being able to help someone to improve or learn something new and the excitement and happiness that can create

Jamie Golden

Colts coach

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Jamie Golden

Colts coach

Name:
Jamie Golden

Nickname: 
J

From:
Dundee, Scotland

Plays for:
Men’s 1s, Scotland U21 & GB U21

When did you start coaching at SHC?
2020

What do you enjoy most about coaching?
I love seeing the kids improve, be happy with how they are developing and seeing them do something they were never able to do before.

What’s the best piece of advice a coach ever gave you? 
To be better than yesterday

Lilie Lamacraft

Colts coach

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Lilie Lamacraft

Colts coach

Name:
Lilie Lamacraft

Nickname:
Little one 

From:
Twickenham 

Plays for:
Ladies 2s

When did you start coaching at SHC?
2020

What do you think is the best or most unique thing about the coaching structure at SHC?
Having gone through Surbiton as a colt myself, it is the support network and the mix with the adult section that makes the club so unique and such a home.

What do you enjoy most about coaching?
Coaching is such a special job because you are able to watch individuals develop and learn, to achieve their full potential - whilst making it a fun and caring environment! 

What’s the best piece of advice a coach ever gave you?
“Just enjoy it” - simple but so true, if you are not enjoying what you are doing it is nearly impossible to get where you want to be. 

Luke Taylor

Colts coach

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Luke Taylor

Colts coach

Name:
Luke Taylor

Nickname:
Lukey or Tails

From:
East Grinstead

Plays for:
Surbiton M1s, England/GB

When did you start coaching at SHC?
2017/18 season

What coaching roles do you have at the club?
Various junior teams and camps

What’s your most memorable moment as a Surbiton coach?
There isn’t just one, it’s just a buzz to be around!

Meg Dowthwaite

Colts Coach

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Meg Dowthwaite

Colts Coach

Name:
Meg Dowthwaite

From:
Weybridge

Plays for:
Surbiton Ladies 1s

Started coaching at SHC:
2020

What do you think is the most unique thing about Colts coaching at SHC?
The vast amount of Colts that come to Surbiton and want to play here. It shows how fantastic the club is as a whole and makes you want to continue adding to the success of the club.

What do you enjoy most about coaching?
I love seeing the Colts develop a growing passion for the game as they progress through the age groups at the club, as well as getting to know all of their unique personalities!

What’s the best advice a coach ever gave you?
Remember to have fun!

Rory Hogan

Colts Coach

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Rory Hogan

Colts Coach

Name:
Rory Hogan

From:
Leatherhead

Plays for:
Surbiton Men’s 5s Captain

When did you started coaching at SHC?
2012

What’s the best or most unique thing about the Colts at SHC?
The fact that everyone wants to beat us or join us. Everywhere I go if I mention I coach Surbiton Colts, they know the level and the pedigree of the club.

What do you enjoy most about coaching?
The kids! It's amazing how many characters you get in every team and it's great watching them grow and develop as players and as people, it's a pleasure to coach them.

What’s your top tip?
A bad attitude gets you nowhere, you can be the most talented player in the world but a coach will much rather work with a player who wants to improve and work hard for the team.

Sophie Tait

Colts coach

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Sophie Tait

Colts coach

Name:
Sophie Tait

Nickname: 
Tait

From:
Surbiton

Plays for:
Ladies 2s

When did you start coaching at SHC?
2015

What do you think is the best thing about the SHC Colts system? 
The fact there is a team for everyone, no matter what ability. It’s all about getting everyone involved and having fun!

What do you enjoy most about coaching?
Getting to know new people and working with players to achieve individual and team goals.

What’s the best piece of advice a coach ever gave you? 
Just enjoy the game and the rest will take care of itself.

Tarek Abdulla

u12 Girls, Ladies 4-9s & Back 2 Hockey coach

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Tarek Abdulla

u12 Girls, Ladies 4-9s & Back 2 Hockey coach

Name:
Tarek Abdulla

From:
Morden

Coach at SHC since:
2015

What coaching roles do you have at the club?
Girls Under 12, Ladies 5-9s, Back 2 Hockey and video for the L1s.

What do you think is the best or most unique thing about the Colts programme at SHC?
It's so inclusive. Everyone is offered a midweek session and a Sunday match, whereas at a lot of clubs only academy players access midweek training. The club also has a great outreach programme, giving access to kids who would not normally have the chance to play.

Tom Sorsby

Colts and Ladies 3s Head Coach

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Tom Sorsby

Colts and Ladies 3s Head Coach

Name:
Tom Sorsby

Nickname:
Sors

From:
Sheffield

Plays for:
Surbiton M1s, England/GB

When did you start coaching at SHC?
2018

What coaching roles do you have at the club?
Junior and Senior Coach

What’s the best piece of advice a coach ever gave you?
Never to give up and to keep working at something no matter how hard I find it.

Zach Wallace

Colts coach

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Zach Wallace

Colts coach

Name:
Zach Wallace

From:
Caterham

Plays for:
Surbiton M1s, GB & England

When did you start coaching at SHC?
2017 

What's the best thing about the SHC Colts programme?
The quality of coaching that the kids get, and the amount of game play they have compared to other clubs.

What do you enjoy most about coaching?
Seeing the kids genuinely enjoying being out on a hockey pitch and playing with smiles on faces.