Reading Hockey Club are pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Watts as the Men’s 1st XI Head Coach for the coming season.
Andy has been an ever present member of the Reading 1st XI squad since his league debut as a 17 year old in 2002. He has played for winning RHC teams in the Cup, League, Premiership and European Cup during his time at the club.
Andy is Head of Hockey at Magdalen College School and is currently coaching Oxford JRPC as well as running the Reading Hockey Camps.
Andy says “I am enormously proud and excited to have been appointed as 1st XI Head Coach. I have been a member of the club for 16 years now and I am delighted to move into this new role. It is with some sadness that I will step away from playing, but the coaching role is one that requires my undivided attention. The opportunity to coach a side and at a club such as Reading, is one that simply couldn’t be missed. It will certainly present a range of different challenges, which I am fully prepared to embrace. I would like to thank Reading HC for its long term support and look forward to working with the club on generating future success with the 1st XI.”
Shane Ryan went to visit a host of clubs, including Reading across the UK to investigate the issues checking on the current health of hockey, to find out how it compares in other countries and where its future lies, both at the top and bottom of the game.
Published on 29 May 2014, this is a documentary about the current state of field hockey within the UK (2013/2014)- a sport where participation rates remain fairly high, men and women compete equally and, collectively, both senior teams are relatively high-achievers at elite level nationally in comparison to most other sports.
However, hockey still lags behind with little investment, lack of media coverage and less hockey being played at school level, with participation rates, despite a post-Olympic boom, falling.
The club recently embarked upon a new sponsorship drive aimed at enhancing the ability of their men’s and ladies teams to compete at the highest level in Europe whilst also continuing the development of their first class facilities at their Reading home.
Chris Davey, Chairman of Reading Hockey Club said:
“This agreement with Dream It Believe It Achieve It is the perfect start to our recently launched drive for longer term, sustainable sponsorship and funding for Reading Hockey. In amateur sport, with success often comes high financial commitments and in order to continue our men’s and ladies success across Europe, we needed to find new partners. As the first of those partners, Dream It Believe It Achieve It fits the club’s ethos perfectly and I am delighted to welcome them on board.”
Matt Dimbylow, Founder of Dream It Believe It Achieve It said:
“At Dream It Believe It Achieve It we want to increase participation in sport. One of the ways we can do this is to support clubs just like Reading Hockey. If a sports club is run on a successful and sustainable basis, it is more able to reach younger players and provide accessible inclusive sporting environments for disabled participants. Partnering with a high profile and highly successful community hockey club like Reading will not only make more people aware of Dream It Believe It Achieve It, but will help develop our network of partners that will see us expand across many more grass roots clubs.”
The partnership has been agreed in time for Reading’s men’s and ladies indoor teams to wear warm up tops displaying the Dream It Believe It Achieve it logo at the Maxinutrition Hockey 5s Championship Finals at Wembley Arena on Sunday 2 February.
Check out the Dream It Believe It Achieve It website at www.dreamitbelieveitachieveit.com