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Hockey - 11. September 2007.

ENGLAND APPOINT INDOOR MANAGEMENT TEAM

 


MONDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2007

England Hockey has appointed the following personnel to lead both men’s and women’s indoor programmes for the 2007/08 season. The men’s programme will be led by former indoor international Andy Halliday with Craig Parnham leading the women’s programme.



Men

Women

Head Coach

Andy Halliday

Craig Parnham

Assistant Coach

David Ralph

Richard Organ

Manager

Nick Beasant

Matt Jones


Halliday brings a wealth of indoor experience with him having achieved 51 indoor caps for England between 1984 and 1991, captaining the side in 1990. In his final year, the team won the silver medal in the European Championships when the tournament was held in Birmingham. Although he was a member of the England and GB outdoor squad between 1984 and 1989, he did not obtain any international caps. In 1990, Halliday was named as the Hockey Writers Club UK Player of the Year becoming the first non-Olympian to win the award. A one club man, he played for St Albans for 23 years from 1980 until his retirement in 2003.

He was part of the prolific indoor side that won eight national titles in 11 years and he coached Slough ladies (indoor) between 1999 and 2004 winning one European silver medal and four national titles. He will be assisted by David Ralph, a former Scottish international who at a club level participated in two European Indoor Club Championships for Old Loughtonians, and a further two European Indoor Club Championships as player/coach with Loughborough Students, leading them to the national title in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

In Europe they won the EuroHockey Indoor Challenge in 2004 and finished 3rd in the Indoor Trophy in 2005. The two are already well known to each other as they are both currently part of the outdoor England U21 Men’s management team – Halliday as manager and Ralph as Assistant Coach.


Commenting on his new position, Halliday said “I am delighted with my appointment. When I stopped playing internationally in 1991, it became my ambition to coach. I am thrilled that England are back playing competitive indoor hockey and look forward to the challenges ahead.”


Craig Parnham will lead the women’s side. Throughout his international career, he won 51 England caps and 64 Great Britain caps (both outdoor). Parnham will perhaps be mostly remembered for the near fatal injury he sustained whilst playing for England in the Azlan Shah Cup in Kuala Lumpar on 6 August 2001 when he was caught in the throat by an opposing players stick.


The horrific incident meant his larynx needed rebuilding, but he made a remarkable recovery and returned to the England side just four months later on 3 January 2002. He is currently the Assistant Coach to the England Women’s squad who recently won a bronze medal at the EuroHockey Nations Championships and secured qualification on behalf of Great Britain for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He will be assisted by Richard Organ who has been the coach for East Grinstead for the past decade, winning the indoor national title in 2006 and just losing out to Canterbury in the 2007 final.


Earlier this year, his side won a silver medal in the EuroHockey Indoor Club Championships Trophy winning England’s club representatives (Canterbury in 2008) promotion to Europe’s top flight for the first time since 1998. As a player, he captained East Grinstead to the national title in 1993 and was involved in the national finals night 12 times.


Performance Manager Peter Nicholson said “I am delighted with these appointments as we prepare to re-enter the competitive international indoor arena. It is vital for the indoor programmes to have a knowledgeable management team at this level and an excellent understanding of the methods adopted by the senior outdoor programmes. It is critical that we provide continuity in developing our athletes to compete successfully in both the indoor and outdoor game.”


England will host the men’s and women’s EuroHockey Indoor Nations Challenge at Ponds Forge in Sheffield between 18-20 January and preparations will start on 7 December with the first of three three-day training camps. England men and women will play three test matches against Scotland in Paisley just prior to Christmas and will then participate in the Burlington Cup in Vienna before the start of the European Indoor Nations Challenge on 18 January 2008.


England Indoor Programme

2007

7-9 Dec

Training Camp

UWE, Bristol

15-16 Dec

EHL Premier


21-23 Dec

Training + 3 Test Matches v Scotland

Paisley tbc

28-30 Dec

Training Camp

UWE, Bristol

2008

2-6 Jan

Burlington Cup (4-6)

Vienna

12-13 Jan

EHL Premier


16-20 Jan

European Cup (18-20)

Ponds Forge, Sheffield

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