At Gillingham Hockey Club we work hard to ensure the balance of providing an opportunity for everyone to play hockey, growing the club through player satisfaction and player retention and providing quality first team hockey.
We support our older juniors to get involved in coaching and last year one of our junior coaches attended the England Hockey Young Leaders Conference at Lee Valley taking part in workshops with Helen Richardson Walsh. There have also been a few juniors who are able to use the coaching they do at the club towards their DofE awards.
We are always looking to expand our coaching team, anyone interested should make contact as there are plenty of opportunities to get involved coaching men’s, ladies or juniors.
At Gillingham we are lucky to have a dedicated Coaching team who help our players perform and progress. We think they are great, although as a club we can be bias. Meet our Coaches below.
Katie gained her England Hockey Level One Coaching Award at 17 and has never looked back. Since then she has gained multiple qualifications and a degree in sports coaching from Bath University, and has coached at grass roots, premier league and international levels.
Some of Katie’s coaching highlights over the years include gaining promotion with Gillingham Ladies 1st XI, with an undefeated team that scored 130 goals in 20 games. This summer saw Katie coach the England Hockey Ladies Masters Over 45s to a bronze medal at the European Cup in Holland.
“My coaching philosophy is to put the needs of the player ahead of that of the team, what do I mean by this? I mean that I aim to ensure players are happy and healthy enough to play hockey for the whole of their lives. Managing player expectations, managing injuries, managing training schedules and player development all contribute to creating players who will play from mini sticks (aged four) right up to masters hockey and into their 60s+”
Katie has coached at Gillingham Hockey Club for 6 years and has seen the Ladies section double in size and gain some promotions along the way.
Mark will be coaching the Mens 3rd XI squad this year.
Other Helpers and Coaches
Along with the coaches above we also have many players and others who help us out along the way. Hannah Shaw helps with the Juniors and Luci Hooper and Matthew Curtis help with our Mini Sticks sessions on a Saturday morning. Seb Stainer often helps Katie to wrangle the ladies teams when there are big groups to train. First team Captain Chris Dean has helped to coach our growing numbers of Goalkeepers and many others have given a helping hand along the way.