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Exciting Times at Old Silhillians Hockey Club

4 months ago By Stephen Tabb

New Coaches, New Players and More Teams

“We have worked hard off the pitch to provide more and better opportunities both on and off the pitch” Stephen Tabb, Chairman

Exciting News for the 2017-18 Season

With the new season around the corner, there have been some exciting developments at the club.

New Coaches:-

The Men's Section are delighted to welcome Sam Lloyd as the new 1st/2nd Team Coach. Sam has played National League hockey for the last 4 years at Durham University and now with Birmingham University. Prior to this, Sam played at Beeston, and took part in many National Cup competitions for both his club side, and for Repton School. Sam now coaches at Repton, and is excited about the challenge of energising a youthful and talented squad, with many emerging young stars.

The Ladies Section are also incredibly excited to welcome a new coach, one who will pair up with England Hockey's Female Coach of the Year from 2017, Jess Jecketts. The new "dream team" will welcome Emma Fell back to the club - it has been 4 years since Emma last played for the Ladies section, but in that time she has been playing National League hockey in both England and France, as well as getting married to Matt! Emma will not only bring great talent to the squad, but also great experience of having been coached at National League level for many years. This mix will help support the Ladies section to build on their performances of last year, which saw both sides achieving their highest league positions in the time since Emma last played for the club.

These two appointments enhance the maturing coaching structure in place at the club which already sees the following:-

Director of Hockey - Murray Creed
Father of current GB International Brendan and also former Chairman of both Old Silhilians HC, and National League club Bowdon HC.

Head of Junior Coaching - Jason Dalby
Club President and former England Masters International, plus has 2 daughters who have progressed through the Club Juniors section and gone on to play Regional level hockey

Coach Developer - Stephen Tabb
Club Chairman and Head of Training and Development for England Hockey

Club Coaches:
Matt Northcott - Hockey coach at several high level clubs, as well as within the National Player Pathway, previously supporting Regional Performance Centres
Etienne Blatt - South African professional hockey coach and Provincial player
James Clapham - 1st Team Player and former 1st Team Captain of over 10 years; plus has also coached County junior squads for several years
Emma Nobes - England Mixed player, and Hockey Coach at Princethorpe College
Nisar Chaudhry - England Masters International and professional hockey coach of 15 years+
Andre Tchakhotine - Men's 1st XI player, and former Midlands Premier Division player - founder of the OSHC Minis, and now looking after the U8s.

Specialist Goal Keeping Coaches:
Sam Lloyd - National League GK and Men's 1st Team Coach
Jim Goldstraw - vastly experienced GK who has coached at several clubs in the Midlands, and has provided GK coaching at both Sils and Solihull Blossomfield in the past two season.

Assistant Coaches, including:
Tom Loughran, Lukas Moment, Chris Thompson, Sam Stephen, Keith Leeson

New Players:-

The club is delighted to welcome (amongst others) the following new players to the club - we trust that you will all make every effort to make them feel very welcome:

- Chris Pettman
- Matt Lee (returning to the club after a few years away)
- Hattie Evans
- Mille McCamley
- Ian Wilson

More Teams:-

  • For the first team in 20 years, there will be an Old Silhillians Men's 5th XI in the league
  • Added to that, for the first time ever, OSHC are entering the Over 40s Men's Championship
  • Finally, the Juniors will be entering teams into the County/Regional/National U10s, U12s, U14s, U16s and U18s - the most teams it has ever entered

Things continue to move in a very positive direction for the club, and we look forward to continuing to help grow the game over the next few years. If you know of any other players (of any experience or desire) that would like to get involved with the club, then please invite them along - we have a lot to be proud of.

Updated 22:50 - 31 Aug 2017 by Stephen Tabb

Where next?

Membership Options 2017-18 Details of how to pay your Membership Fees for the Year
ClubMark Renewed for a Record 4th Time OSHC the first hockey club in the country to renew their ClubMark for the 4th time


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