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Hockey Development Talk

Hockey Development Talk

By Gary Johnson
Welcome to the hockey development talk podcast where we will be chatting to hockey clubs, coaches, umpires and volunteers to hopefully gain insight and share ideas to enable the game to continue to grow in the UK.
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Episode 32: The impact of coaching with Lee Ible
Lee discusses his playing and coaching career and how the impact of coaches such as John Bell and Paul Remington and how they have shaped his coaching today. Lee goes on to discuss his coaches roles and how you used to coach to how he coaches now
September 26, 2019
Episode 31: From Tasmania to England a discussion with Ali Addison
Ali Addison is a current NaGs coach also working at Ipswich school whose journey started in Tasmania.
September 19, 2019
Episode 30: The Hockey Paper #watchyourones
A discussion with Rod Gilmour about his background in hockey, the hockey paper and their current watch your ones campaign. We also talk about the Olympic Qualifying match draw. 
September 12, 2019
Episode 29: Club Development at Southport HC and the Thinking Coach with Connor Jameson
Connor Jameson discuses his work at Southport Hc and the Thinking Coach.
September 5, 2019
Episode 28: Development opportunities with Sudamerica Coaching
Juan Gonzalez Media discusses what opportunities Sudamerica Coaching offer. At Sudamerica Coaching Juan and the team intend to develop coaches, educators, professionals and volunteers through education and mentoring programmes within their sporting or educational organisation increasing awareness on the importance of conscious, caring and athlete-centred environments.
July 18, 2019
Episode 27: Club development at Bicester HC
Chris Birch discusses club development at Bicester HC
July 11, 2019
Episode 26: The Hockey Hub, the job, the coach, a discussion with Peter Crook
Peter Crook discusses his role with England Hockey as resource officer and his own experience within Hockey at Haslemere HC
July 4, 2019
Episode 25: Goal Keeping with Danny Crowther
Danny Crowther is a Goal Keeper Coach with England Hockey National Age Group Squads he talks through the delivery of goal keeper sessions
June 27, 2019
Episode 24: Hockey in Wales with Lee Ible
Lee discusses his role within Hockey Wales. key topics we chatted was the support for clubs and how the junior pathway (360 programme) works across Wales.
June 20, 2019
Episode 23: Umpiring Update and Rule Changes 2019/20
David Elworthy the England Hockey Officiating Manager gives a brief update on whats being going on in the world of officiating and gives clarification on England Hockey's position with the new rules for the 2019/20 season 
June 13, 2019
Episode 22: The coaching imposter a discussion with Matthew Way
Matt Way discusses his journey in hockey. Matt now works full time for England Hockey as a coach developer and moved across from a teaching role as Head of Year at St John’s, Marlborough in January 2019. Matt is a recent graduate of the ACP Programme and Matt is currently a Performance Centre Head Coach in the West of England and also assists the Bristol University Hockey Programme.
June 6, 2019
Episode 21: Young Rising Star, A discussion with Jeevan Chagger
Jeevan Chagger at 21 is the chairman of Yardley Hockey Club Jeevan is continually looking at ways to increase hockey participation and turn around a club in need. We discuss his work in schools and at the club.
May 30, 2019
Episode 20: A hockey rollercoaster, a discussion with Kingston Upon Hull Hockey Club
A discussion with Kingston Upon Hull Hockey Club representatives Zoe Lewis and Lee Newsham. We discuss the clubs background, the merger of 3 clubs and the roller coaster ride along the way to stabilising the club.
May 23, 2019
Episode 19: The Development Officer Role - Sheffield HC
A discussion with Matt Godden the Development Officer at Sheffield Hc. Matt gives an insight into his role with the club along with the success and challenges he has faced since coming into the post.
May 16, 2019
Episode 18: Club Growth with Old Silhillians HC
A discussion with Steve Tabb club chair at Old Silhillians Hockey Club. The club have grown in numbers over the last 10 years and this discussion highlights the key changes made by the club to achieve the growth.
May 9, 2019
Episode 17: Community of Practice Live
Attendance at the community of practice being delivered by Russell Earnshaw, John Fletcher and Matt Way in 30th April 2019. Discussions held with the children who took part in the practical session, coaches who joined in the event and also Rusty, Fletch and Matt
May 2, 2019
Episode 16: Danny Newcombe his journey and the constraints-led approach
Danny Newcombe currently leads the (BSc) Sport, Coaching and PE degree. He is a Senior Lecturer and teaches the coaching, practice to theory strand of the degree.  Within the hockey world Danny is the Assistant Coach to the Wales Men's Hockey Team and Assistant coach at Reading Hockey Club Ladies 1st team. Danny also works as a coach developer for Great Britain Hockey. Finally Danny is one of the four authors of the book The Constraints-Led Approach: Principles for Sports Coaching and Practice. The book provides coaches with the theoretical knowledge required to implement constraints-led approaches in their work.
April 25, 2019
Episode 15: Hockey in Scotland. A discussion with Chris Duncan
A discussion with Chris Duncan about his journey in hockey coaching. Chris is the current Assistant coach to the Scotland Womens squad, the head coach of the Scotland U16 Boys and Director of hockey at Edingburgh Academy. 
April 18, 2019
Episode 14: Coaching across pathways with James Bateman
A discussion with James bateman around his current coaching roles within hockey. James works at Oakham School as Director of Hockey, he is also Head coach of the East Midlands Performance Centre (Boys). James also coaches on the England Hockey Dise programme and assists with the England under 16 girls.
April 11, 2019
Episode 13: The world of coach development a discussion with the Great Britain Hockey Coach Development Team
A discussion with coach developers Matt Way, Paul Connolly and Sam Beveridge about their new roles and upcoming work. 
April 4, 2019
Episode 12 - SPECIAL EPISODE: No Number 9, A discussion with hockey player and author Fiona Campbell
Fiona Campbell is a hockey player whose love of the sport as enabled her to write a fictional story within a hockey setting.  No Number 9 is a novel with a strong female lead character who's flawed but who readers will take to their hearts. Its a story about grief, family conflicts and first love, with a dramatic background of sport, hockey and the Olympics. 
April 1, 2019
Episode 11: The Rise of Scarborough Hockey Club
A Discussion with Chris and Laurence from Scarborough HC around their rise from 2014 to now. The discussion reflects on the clubs incredible rise from 2014 to now whilst also discussing various activities the club delivered to support the rise and overcome challenges along the way. A must listen for all clubs
March 28, 2019
Episode 10: A discussion with Phil Bootland - the life of a hockey maker
Phil Bootland is a long time club volunteer who after years of supporting his club decided to also volunteer at England Hockey Events as a Hockey Maker. Phil was the operations manager for the recent Vitality Hockey World Cup held in England during the summer of 2018.
March 21, 2019
Episode 9: The journey of a young player/coach. A discussion with Jack Rolfe
A discussion with Jack Rolfe the journey of a young player/coach. Jack is the founder of the Coaching Lab and Jack created 60 match play coaching cards to support delivery. To check out the match play cards that are discussed in today’s episode click here -
March 14, 2019
Episode 8: Parenting in Sport, a discussion with Richard Shorter (Non Perfect Dad)
A discussion with Richard Shorter (Non Perfect Dad) around parenting in sport, what engagement clubs and other organisation can have along with the impact.
March 7, 2019
Episode 7: Hockey in London, a discussion with Steve Turner
A discussion with England Hockey Relationship Manager for London, Middlesex and Hertfordshire Steve Turner.
February 28, 2019
Episode 6: The hockey club experience at university a discussion with Brett Holland & Andy Gibson
Andrew and Brett discuss the experience of club hockey at Loughborough University a long with successes/challenges they face.
February 21, 2019
Episode 5: A player pathway discussion with Kevin Heath
Kevin Heath discusses his roles and experiences within the England Hockey Player Pathway across the development centres, academy centres and performance centres.
February 13, 2019
Episode 4: A discussion with Russell Earnshaw
A discussion with coaching wizard Russell Earnshaw. We discuss Russell’s experiences within hockey and Russell also discusses other coaching experiences for people to consider including his work with John Fletcher at the Magic Academy. The Magic Academy is a really useful sports coaching website that offers Playing and coaching cards. The playing cards are 60 cards for coaches to stretch all players across various sports and they also have 132 coach cards to stretch other coaches   The Magic Academy also have an online coach sharing platform for coaches across a wide range of sports to share coaching problems and solutions. You can find more information below:
February 6, 2019
Episode 3: A discussion with City of York Hockey Club.
A discussion with City of York Hockey Club representatives Linda Skelton and Mikey Jacobsen. This discussion looks at the clubs current status, club growth over 10 years and the challenges faced.
January 25, 2019
Episode 2: Coaching ABC with Kelly Pryde-Fillingham
A discussion with Kelly Pryde-Fillingham about her coaching Journey 
January 21, 2019
Episode 1: The umpiring landscape at club level a discussion with David Elworthy
Episode 1: The umpiring landscape at club level a discussion with David Elworthy
January 11, 2019