Oliver Lum – U9's (Mixed)
I am the lead coach for the U9's age group and an MSc Sport Coaching student at Cardiff Metropolitan University. I have represented my club, county and university as a player and coupling my own playing and coaching experiences has given me the desire to coach hockey at all levels. As a coach, I believe it is vital that young hockey players come away from sessions with positive and enjoyable experiences of the sport. Such experiences often shape their attitudes towards hockey for much of their playing careers. Having been involved with the hockey academy for the past 2 years, I have witnessed a growth in numbers and playing standards first hand and I look forward to seeing this continue for many years to come.
Steven Foy – U11's (Mixed)
I started playing hockey at the age of 5 and since then, I have loved every second of my hockey career. Starting out as a player went from strength to strength and by the age of 13, I had been selected to play for the North East of England at a Regional competition. From there, I progressed to the first team at my local club, and secured promotion in 3 consecutive years! From there I came to Cardiff Met University and joined both club and Universities teams, developing my skills further not just as player but now as a coach. The course I am studying at Cardiff Met is Sport and PE, however, I am very interested in looking at the difference in coaching styles between PE teachers and coaches when delivering hockey sessions.
As a coach, I always want participants to have a huge smile on their faces showing that they are enjoying hockey. After all, I loved it from a very young age and I still have as much passion for the sport as I did then, 15 years down the line! I am most excited to be coaching the Under 11's this year as it has always been a personal goal of mine to coach young people and share my depth of knowledge that I have built up over the years, to the stars of the future and positively impact their sporting choices along the way!
Rosie Hunter – U13's (Girls)
I am currently studying Sport and Physical education with the hopes to progress onto a PGCE and then teach PE within a secondary school environment. I have always found myself heavily involved within hockey through my time at school, with local clubs, county and now university. As a coach, I feel that it is important that individuals leave a session after having an enjoyable positive experience and with a feeling that have learnt something which will help improve them as players. Within this coming season I am looking forward to working closely with the an already passionate group of u13 girls, to improve tactical awareness and execution within the game creating a constructive team environment.
Ben Holdaway – U15's (Girls)
I'll be leading the U15s within the academy. My background in hockey involves playing experience in club, regional, and university sides both here in Cardiff and back home in Cheltenham. Alongside my role within the hockey academy, I will be undertaking postgraduate study in Coaching and Pedagogy at Cardiff Met as well as leading the university's men's hockey 3rd XI. A big part of my philosophy and outlook on life is to build strong positive relationships with everyone that I encounter, hopefully something that has been evident in my time so far with the hockey academy. Looking ahead to the new season, I'm most eager to, once again, be part of the unique environment we've created, in which young players develop towards their full potential.
Reuben Elliot – U13&15 (Boys)
My Name is Reuben Elliott I'm 19 years old and I am a Second Year at Cardiff Met studying Sports Coaching. I have been playing hockey since the age of 7 at my local club, and played for my county, until I moved to Cardiff to play for the University and Club teams. I have been coaching for many years and my proudest achievement is seeing a goalkeeper I coached, represent England universities at the Universities Cup. I look forward to growing and developing as a coach. I am very excited to be able to become the coach for the boys who will have their own training programme and games for the first time in Cardiff and Met Juniors history, and will look forward to seeing the boys grow and develop their hockey skills over this year.