Colts CoachingWith the exception of the Junior Academy, who only train on Sundays, all outfield Colts are expected to attend a weekly technical coaching session for one hour. During this time, the coaching content is delivered from the Colts’ coaching syllabus prepared by the Club’s Director of Hockey, Brett Garrard. Actual delivery is carried out by a team of qualified coaches, supported by international players.
Colts are taught in squads. Generally the session comprises teaching of a specific technical skill, finishing with a game related to that skill. We endeavour to meet our own policy of maintaining a ratio of twelve Colts to every one coach. This may be altered by the Director of Coaching, in consultation with the Colt and their parents.
Will Fulker- Director of the Colts’ Section
Will spent time playing for Burnside Hockey Club in the South Australian Premier League and then Ipswich HC where he became 1st XI Captain at the age of 19. After two seasons in the National League Division 2 for Ipswich he moved to Surbiton and is about to enter his fourth season of Premier League Hockey with the Club.Will has extensive coaching experience from his time overseas, with Ipswich HC and as player/coach of Roehampton University. He has coached Surbiton Ladies 2nd XI and was joint head of the Girls’ Section before taking the role of Director of Colts. He is also the Director of Hockey for Suburban Hockey, a charity delivering hockey coaching to primary schools.
Brett Garrard -Director of Hockey
Still England and GB’s most capped player (263 caps in total!!), Brett retired from the international scene after the 2006 World Cup. He remains an integral member of Surbiton HC Men’s 1st XI squad, as well as coaching the Ladies’ 1st XI and last season successfully guided them into England Hockey’s National League. Brett is our Director of Hockey, a role which involves overseeing coaching provision and the training syllabus for all teams across the Club, from the youngest Colts’ teams, right through to the men’s and ladies’ performance squads.
Mark Atherton- Senior Coach
Mark joined the club in 2009 after eight years at Cheam HC. He has been the Hockey Development Officer for Surrey and is involved with the Surrey Junior Development Centre (JDC) and Junior Academy Centre (JAC) Programmes. He also works with Surrey University and coaches at City of London Freeman’s school. Mark coaches at all levels of the junior section.