Inspiring sports coaching for boys and girls aged 7-16


Hockey Coaches

Tom Carson

Tom Carson (Midfield) gained his first international cap on his debut for the England Men’s Hockey team in a three-match series against Belgium, in Antwerp. Since then, Tom has accrued 75 caps, scoring 20 goals. Tom coaches for Reading University and currently plays for Reading Hockey Club, which is Premier Division of the national league and have recently qualified to play in the European Hockey League (EHL) again.

Ed Horler

Ed is currently in the Great Britain Men's team training towards Tokyo 2020 and already has 3 England Caps to his name as a rising star in British hockey. During the 2016 Junior World Cup, Ed was the top goal scorer and currently he plays for Wimbledon and is part of their first XI in the Premier Division and Euro Hockey Leagues. Previously, Ed has represented England in Indoor Europeans and played for Loughborough.

Shona McCallin

Shona is a Rio 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist and has been playing for England since she was 15 years old. She has progressed through the England age groups over the past 7 years, reaching GB senior level in 2013 at the age of 21. Shona made her full England Debut in 2014, and became a European Gold Medallist the following year. Shona was nominated for the Lincolnshire Sports Woman of the Year Nominee 2016 and has won 6 English National Titles to date. She curently plays for Holcombe Hockey Club. For more infornation, head to her website

Crista Cullen

Crista is a Rio 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist and London 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist. She is widely recognised as one of the best hockey defenders in the world and has been dedicated to Leicester Hockey Club as an influential part of the team for over ten years. Growing up in Kenya and moving to the UK at the age of 12 to attend Oakham School, Crista accelerated quickly with her hockey, playing County, Regional and England before being honoured with her Great Britain Cap when she was 18 in 2003. Crista has over 185 Great Britain and England combined caps, Commonwealth, World Cup and European cup bronze medals, awarded Great Britain’s Hockey player of the year (2006) named three times in the International Hockey Federation’s World All Stars Team (2006, 2007, 2010). She was Great Britain’s top goal scorer in the Beijing Olympics, and joint top goal scorer at the London Games. For more information, head to her website

Laura Myers

Laura is qualified as an England Hockey Level 2 coach, playing as Goal Keeper in outdoor hockey with Loughborough Students and indoor hockey with Reading Hockey. Laura’s current roles include: Futures Sports Operations Manager, Elite Loughborough Camps, Futures Sports Coach and One-Hockey Coach. She is currently undergoing assessments for the GB Development Squad, and has previously played for England U21.

Bridget Blackwood

Bridget Blackwood has recently moved over to England and is playing for East Grinstead in the Premier League competition this season. Bridget played international hockey for the New Zealand Black Sticks Womens Hockey team between 2011-2014 and earnt 51 international test caps. Her debut game was against Argentina in March, 2011. Bridget narrowly missed out on the New Zealand Olympic team for London 2012 and has played in a number World League tournaments and a Champions Trophy tournament as a Midfield/Defender. Bridget is a qualified teacher and has taught at schools both in New Zealand and now currently in England.

Simon Mantell

Hailing from Somerset, Simon made his senior international debut in 2005 and has since established himself as one of the country’s most prominent forwards, earning 192 international caps and scoring 54 goals! Simon has competed at Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth Games, winning Gold at the European Championships and a Bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Simon currently plays for Wimbledon HC and has recently retired from international hockey. He has previously played for Bristol Firebrands, HGC in the Netherlands, and Mumbai Magicians in the Indian hockey league.

Gordon McIntyre

Gordon has represented Scotand and Great Britain at Youth and Senior Level. Gordon has 73 Scotland caps and 5 Great Britain caps, and has been Captain of Scotland at Senior Level and Great Britain at Junior Level. For Scotland, he has competed at 2 Commonwealth Games, Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014. He was also involved with the 29 man Great Britain squad throughout 2015.

Beckie Herbert

Beckie plays in the Premiership Hockey League for Surbiton HC and is a 7 time Premier League champion. Beckie captained England at Under 16 and 21 level and made her England senior debut at 17 years old against Japan in 2003. She made her debut for Great Britain against South Africa aged 20 in 2007. Since then Beckie has collected over 100 international caps; 72 for England and 32 for Great Britain. She has won a Bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games and is also a three time Bronze medallist at the European Championships. Beckie was the leading goal scorer in the England Hockey Premier League in the 2010/11 and 2014/15 seasons, as well as the 2015 Premier League Player of the Year.

Zoe Shipperley 

Zoe made her first Senior debut for GB in February 2014 against New Zealand. In the 6 months that followed Zoe represented England in the 2014 World cup in Holland and became a silver medalist at the Common Wealth Games in Glasgow. Zoe is a defender for GB and England, but for her club hockey at Buckingham Ladies likes to play in the holding midfield position just in front of the defence. Zoe’s current ambition is to play in an Olympic games and with her current place in the GB and England squad hopes to keep that dream alive.

Dan Fox

Since making his international debut in 2009 as an outstanding defender, Dan has over 90 England caps and more than 30 GB caps! With his Olympic debut at London 2012, Dan has also played in the 2014 World Cup and Commonwealth Games where Dan brought a bronze medal home. He also earned a silver medal from the 2010 Champions Trophy and a bronze from the 2014 World League Final. Dan is also a first-class cricketer, Oxford University Geography graduate and a qualified teacher.

Darren Cheesman

Having represented England through the junior ages from U14, U16, U18, U21, winning a silver medal at the U21 Junior Olympic Games, Darren has become a regular midfielder/forward in both the England and Great Britain playing teams. Currently at Southgate Hockey Club, Darren has previously played for Reading, East Grinstead, and Oranje Zwart in the Netherlands Premier League. Darren was voted English Premier League Player of the Season in 2008, and alongside playing has built a reputation coaching youngsters and internationals alike. Darren is currently helping to implement a national hockey coaching and performance programme for Ghana Women as part of an outreach coaching programme.

Dilly Newton

Dilly made her first senior international appearance as a defender for Great Britain in December 2011, and went on to represent both England (scoring on debut) and Great Britain at senior level until injury unfortunately forced her retirement from the game in 2014. Having progressed through the representational age groups and achieved 4th place at the World Junior Championships and Gold at the Youth Olympic Festival with GB U21’s, Dilly is now focused on giving back to the sport and has been working closely with the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust. Dilly also represented the prestigious Canterbury Ladies in the English Premier Division, and is a Bristol University Geography graduate.

Sarah Thomas

Sarah is a recently retired member of Team GB with 134 caps and 8 goals. At the 2012 Olympics in London Sarah won bronze as part of the women’s hockey team, and she was also part of the Bejing Olympic squad. Named BBC Wales’ Junior Sports Personality of the Year in 1997, the year she made her senior international debut aged 16, Sarah has a degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Exeter.

Other coaches

Other qualified hockey coaches will work alongside the named coaches and we often announce additional named coaches closer to academies running.

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Picture of Hockey with International Star at Headington School, Oxford (Half Term, 2 Days)

Hockey with International Star at Headington School, Oxford (Half Term, 2 Days)

Weds 25th and Thurs 26th October 2017, Headington School, Oxford

A unique opportunity to be coached by a hockey star and other inspiring coaches! This children's coaching programme introduces up-to-date skills and strategies with extensive game play to allow young players to develop and apply new techniques.

Picture of Hockey with Tom Carson at Cranford House, Wallingford (Half Term 2 Days)

Hockey with Tom Carson at Cranford House, Wallingford (Half Term 2 Days)

Weds 25th and Thurs 26th October 2017, Cranford House School, Wallingford

A unique opportunity to be coached Tom Carson, a current GB hockey star and other inspiring coaches! This intensive programme introduces up-to-date skills and strategies with extensive game play to allow young players to develop and apply new techniques.