The Coaching Team is made up of several volunteers. These individuals and the teams they coach are shown in the table below. A short hockey biography for many of them may be found further down.

Men Ladies Boys Girls Minis
1st 2nd 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd U12 U14 U16 U12 U14 U16
David Miles
Lewis Birch
Pete Cooper
Jim East
Liz Forbes
Carl Hendy
Erica Jenner
Carly Peebles
Stuart Robertson
Nick Rogers
Charlotte Towell

David Miles – Director of Coaching

David MilesDave Miles has been playing hockey since age 12, and started coaching when he was only 16. He lead and coached his Junior teammates through from U14s up to into adult hockey.

Dave has a Level 1 coaching qualification, and is very close to achieving his Level 2.

Dave continues to both play and coach the Romsey Men\’s 1st XI, who have been incredibly successful, achieving promotion 9 times in the past 10 seasons. They now play in Regional Division 2; an impressive feat from a small club.

Over the past two seasons, Dave has been involved in coaching the Ladies Section of the Club. His calm and patient manner has brought great success in developing all the ladies, regardless of age, ability or fitness.

Last season, Dave\’s hard work at training and unwavering support on match days ensured that the Romsey Ladies 1st XI had an amazing season; gaining promotion to Hampshire Division 1 and retaining an unbeaten record at the top of the table.

Whether Dave is coaching, playing or supporting other coaches, his passion and knowledge for the game shines through.

On taking up his new post, Dave said…

“I\’m very happy to be appointed Director of Coaching at Romsey Hockey Club. I\’m looking forward to working with and supporting all the great coaches we have.”

“I\’m really keen to encourage and develop a consistent approach to coaching across the Club. From minis and juniors through to adults, I want every player and every team to get the inspiration and guidance they need to improve their game.”

Lewis Birch

Lewis Birch

Lewis has been playing hockey since first joining Hounsdown Secondary School at age 11. The intention was to just give it a go, but as it turns out he was pretty handy. His P.E. teacher at the time suggested he start playing club hockey, and encouraged him to join Southampton – Otters and Men’s 2nd XI.

After a few years Lewis took a break from hockey and started to play a lot of golf; due in part to parental pressure to focus on just one sport.

It wasn\’t until Lewis joined Brockenhurst College that he picked up a stick again. Brock, who had never had a full hockey team before, enjoyed such success that in only the second year of playing hockey an academy was set up for the following year, which is still going really strong now. This was where coaching first became a part of Lewis\’ hockey as they learnt and put into practice the NCFE Levels 1 & 2.

It was while Lewis was in college that he met a certain Thomas ‘Cat’ McCarthy. When Cat discovered Lewis was not playing Hockey at club Level he persuaded Lewis to try Romsey Hockey Club.

Lewis started off in the Men’s 2nd XI on the right wing, and after a few games impressing Dave Miles (1st XI Captain) he was called up to play for the 1st XI. That was 4 seasons ago, and the team has achieved great success; earning promotion each season.

Lewis now plays as the centre forward, and the team are competing at regional level.

Lewis has always sought to teach himself as much as possible, and has learnt a lot from having an empty pitch, a bag of balls and a goal. He has been eager to help others get into hockey, and particularly to help the younger teams around the Club.

Lewis has teamed up with Pete Cooper, a good friend within the Club, to help the BU12s & BU14s develop their game and hopefully move them into becoming 1st team players down the line.

Pete Cooper

Pete-CooperPete has been playing hockey since year 11 at Romsey School, and got more involved when he joined Barton Peveril College where he became the team vice-captain. It was at this point he was encouraged to join a club, and joined the one and only Romsey Hockey club.

Pete played for the Men\’s 2nd XI at centre back for a season and then went off to University. He played one match for the Men\’s University team, and looked set to play for the season. However, a freak injury walking up some stairs ended up requiring a knee operation which took him completely out of the sport for over a year.

Whilst doing a work placement, back home in the third year of his degree, Pete was able to get back involved with the club and start playing again. He agreed to help establish the Men\’s 3rd XI with Matt Clark, and is the team vice-captain. The team achieved promotion in only their second season together, and are now looking to continue their rise up the league divisions.

Pete is a qualified tennis coach, and was looking to combine his coaching experience with his love for hockey. Consequently he has joined Lewis Birch, a good friend, to coach the BU12s and BU14s. Together they hope to help the boys improve their game and aid their development into future Men’s hockey players.

Jim East

James (AKA Jim) EastJim East our Coach of no fixed abode for the 2013/14 season. Jim has been playing since age 8 and has been coaching since age 16. Jim qualified as a Level 2 coach in 2011. He has been coaching at Romsey for five years and has coached the Boys Under 14s, Ladies 1st XI, Mens 1st XI, Mens 2nd XI and Minis. He will play for Mens 2nd XI development side this season.

Jim has always been dedicated to hockey and over the years has held numerous team captaincies, several Club offices including Chair of Trojans Hockey Club, and is now General Secretary of Romsey Hockey Club.

Jim has one daughter playing Minis, one daughter with no interest in hockey at all, and a 6 month old son who he hopes will also take up hockey so he can spend even more time on the AstorTurf.

Liz Forbes

Liz ForbesLiz has been playing hockey for 33 years (shhhh!). She played hockey through school, university and at two London clubs. In 2008 she discovered the best club in the country – Romsey Hockey Club. 😉

Liz has represented the Romsey Ladies 1st XI for five seasons, with the last two as Team Captain.

Liz has been coaching the Romsey Minis for three seasons, and gained her Level 1 coaching qualification in summer 2013. She will soon have her “Proud to Coach” award.

In Liz’s eyes, the Minis is all about having fun, getting everyone involved and with a bit of luck learning to play hockey along the way.

Carl Hendy

Carl HendyTBD

Erica Jenner

Erica JennerErica currently plays Hockey for the Romsey Ladies 1st XI, and this will be her 21st season as a player.

Erica has previously coached county teams — Under 13, 14 and 15 age groups.

Erica has also coached an after school club, as well as senior club teams.

Carly Peebles

Carly PeeblesCarly has been coaching the Romsey Junior Girls for six years, and the Romsey Ladies 2nd XI for three years.

Other experience includes coaching the Hampshire Girls Under 14s, 15s and 16s for four years, and a number of other clubs and school teams.

Carly has played at national league level, and is now dedicated to coaching the Romsey Under 16 girls.

Stuart Robertson

Stuart RobertsonStuart has been coaching at Romsey since 2007. Stuart has coached various age groups including the Under 8s, Under 10s and Under 12s. He has also coached other age groups on an ad hoc basis. Stuart also coaches some adult sessions.

Stuart is our Junior Section Chair overseeing the management of our Junior Section, the coaching and the competitive matches.

Stuart qualified as a Level 1 coach over ten years ago, and has been a Level 2 coach since 2011.

Stuart is lead coach for the local Hampshire U13 Junior Development Centre.

Stuart has been playing hockey since age 9 and has represented his school, club and university to a reasonably competitive level. He is the skipper of Romsey Mens 2nd XI which operates as a development team; introducing the older junior players to men’s league hockey.

The Romsey 2nd XI were promoted as the division champions at the end of the 2012/13 season.

Nick Rogers

Nick RogersNick is a Level 1 qualified coach with over 8 years of experience. Although Nick has always coached the Romsey Girls Under 12s and 14s, he also coaches beginner adults (Ladies) at Romsey.

Nick was, for 2 years, an Assistant Coach and Team Manager for the Hampshire Girls Under 14s and 15s squads.

Nick has been a member of Romsey Hockey Club for over 10 years, and both his daughters have played Junior and Senior hockey for the Club. During that time Nick was initially the Chair of the Junior Section and then Club Chair until the end of the 2012/13 season.

Charlotte Towell

Charlotte TowellCharlotte has been a member of Romsey HC since she started playing and is also an old girl from Romsey School. She has played hockey for the past three years, playing for Romsey Ladies and Brockenhurst College. Charlotte has represented Hampshire for her age group at hockey.

Charlotte started helping with the Junior Section two years ago and has since become lead coach for the Under 8s. Charlotte also coaches at The Romsey School. Charlotte is working towards her Level 1 coaching qualification.

Charlotte is also a very competitive golfer and has been very active in the community; organising the recent Romsey School Sport for Youth Festivals.



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