The Executive Committee is delighted to announce the appointment of Peter Beard as the club's Director of Coaching. Peter will officially take up his position on 1 August and his membership of the Executive Committee was confirmed at the club's AGM on 21 June.
Since last September, Peter has been a PE Teacher at Churcher's College having previously worked in Sports Development for eleven years for England Hockey, British Judo and Sports Coach UK (now UK Coaching). Peter has also coached hockey within the Single Pathway and for Winchester HC, University of Winchester HC, Winchester College and Portsmouth High School. Peter told me "I'm really excited to have taken up this new position as the club's Director of Coaching. I have been coaching since I was a pitch helper at mini hockey training at my home town club of Felixstowe, Suffolk. That was twenty years ago. I loved it and I still do. My journey has taken me through my level 1 and level 2, nine years ago, to the GBA Advanced Coach Programme this summer. I have coached the Back 2 Hockey at Havant for two seasons, with some ad hoc sessions for the Ladies section, so I hope a few will recognise me. I will be the first to say I still have plenty to learn and I am always keen to do so believing that we can all learn from each other. So hi, this is me. If you are interested in getting involved in some way, no matter how small, please do come over, introduce yourself and say hi too."
Commenting, the club's President, Chris Pickett said " I am very excited about Peter's appointment and I believe Peter is equally excited about the prospects at Havant. His qualifications and experience are just what the club is looking for. He already knows all our current coaches and, I believe, he will create a unified club coaching team, as well as identifying, educating and developing new coaches for the club."
Please join me in welcoming Peter to the club and wishing him every success in his role. And, if you want to say hi, Back 2 Hockey starts this year on 25 July. Get along, get involved and help Peter win over even more people to our great game.