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Alan Forsyth

Ladies 1's Forwards coach & Colts coach

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Alan Forsyth

Ladies 1's Forwards 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!

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Enjoy it!

Beckie Middleton

Ladies 1's Assistant & Girls Colts coach

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Beckie Middleton

Ladies 1's Assistant & Girls Colts coach

Name:
Beckie Middleton

Nickname:
Herbie

From:
Jersey

Plays for:
Surbiton L1s, former England/GB

When did you start coaching at SHC?
Joined SHC in 2013

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

What do you enjoy most about coaching?
The challenge of trying to connect and make a positive difference to every individual/team I coach, whether as a hockey player, team mate or person. It’s a great feeling when you sense something has ‘clicked’.

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It’s a great feeling when you sense something has ‘clicked’.

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.

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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

Fran Rowley

Under 10 - Under 16 girls & Ladies 9's head coach

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Fran Rowley

Under 10 - Under 16 girls & Ladies 9's head coach

Name:
Fran Rowley

From:
Auckland, NZ

Plays for:
Surbiton L2s. I was recently asked in a Q&A what made me start hockey and it was basically because I wanted to be like the characters from 'The Mighty Ducks'... hockey was the closest thing to ice hockey available to me in New Zealand!

Coach at SHC since:
2018

What coaching roles do you have at the club?
Girls Under 10 - Under 16 teams, Ladies 9s, SHC Community coaching and I volunteer with the Flyerz

What's the best piece of advice a coach has ever given you?
Don't be afraid to fail. Make good mistakes and learn from them.

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Don't be afraid to fail. Make good mistakes and learn from them.

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

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Being able to help someone to improve or learn something new and the excitement and happiness that can create

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!

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It’s just a buzz to be around!

Tarek Abdulla

u12 Girls, Ladies 5-9's & Back 2 Hockey coach

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Tarek Abdulla

u12 Girls, Ladies 5-9's & 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.

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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 Senior Coach

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Tom Sorsby

Colts and Senior 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.

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Never to give up and to keep working at something no matter how hard I find it.