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 more recently as player/coach of Roehampton University. Last season he coached Surbiton Ladies 2nd XI and was joint head of the Girls’ Section.
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.
Martin Durban - Boys Head Coach
Martin has been coaching at various levels within the Club for a number of years and last season headed up our Boys’ section, with a particular focus on our U14 squads. This year Martin takes on the role of Head Coach for the Colts with Will Fulker, with the two of them present at all weekday sessions for our younger players.
“Hems” Davis- Head of the Goalkeeper Academy
Hems was inspired to take up playing hockey whilst watching the gold winning team at Seoul way back in 1988 and his early hockey ‘hero’ was/still is Ian Taylor who was outstanding in goal for GB and England. Hems joined the club during the 2010/11 season having coached at a number of clubs in the South including Teddington, Spencer, Wayfarers, Leatherhead, Addiscombe and Sanderstead. He is the head goalkeeping coach for Surrey hockey, as well as coaching for Kent and Berkshire hockey, at the JRPC selection centres and at various schools including Epsom College, Kingston Grammar School and Woldingham.
Chris Bristow- Goalkeeper Coach
Chris has competed at all junior international levels (U16-21), as well as being closely involved in England senior squad both outdoor and indoor hockey over the recent years, playing England A fixtures, GBSL and taking part in the GB programme for the previous Olympic games. This is Chris’ second year at Surbiton HC, playing in the first team. Chris brings with him over 8 years of coaching experience during which time he has played at the highest standard and worked closely with international coaches as a player and also assistant.
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.