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Ladies 1XI Coaching Structure

Holcombe Hockey Club is pleased to announce that Kevin Johnson will remain at Holcombe as 'Head of Ladies Performance'.

Kevin said, "Whilst unable to commit to my previous position for the forthcoming season, I am pleased that David South has given me the opportunity to still be involved with the club and take up the role of Head of Ladies Performance and oversee the new coaching structure we are putting in place. It remains of vital importance to our aspirations as a 1XI that we find continuity with the growth and improvements we have made in the last few seasons and this I hope will allow us to do so. This role will see me continue to head up our player recruitment and retention strategy, continue to develop our playing philosophy and training environment to match our performance aspirations and offer support and mentoring to our 1XI coaching staff."

To further establish the new coaching structure for the Ladies 1XI, Leigh Maasdorp has been appointed as Head Coach.

Kevin continued, "We are pleased as a club to be able to appoint Leigh Maasdorp to the role of Head Coach at the end of our recruitment process. Leigh has been part of Holcombe for a good number of years firstly as a player, then as a Captain and most recently balancing playing requirements with being on the coaching staff as an assistant. Leigh has experienced everything at Holcombe and therefore I'm sure she will be able to allow us some continuity for our development, as well as implementing some of her own methods along the way. Leigh has been busy developing her career as a coach over the last few years, her day job is spent as the Hockey Academy Manager at Tonbridge School, she is a lead coach at the regional England Hockey Performance Centre and she has recently been part of the England U18 Girls coaching team. All this experience combined stands her in good stead to take on the Holcombe role and I look forward to supporting her."

Leigh said, "I am really excited by the opportunity to coach such a talented group of players. Holcombe is a club I know well and is very close to my heart so to be able to give back and keep developing as a team and a club is a privilege and I am looking forward to taking on the role."

The Ladies 1XI pre-season will include tournaments in Birmingham and Tonbridge, and further squad announcements will be made over the next few weeks.

Jon Rye, Club Co-Chairman, said, "I am pleased that Kevin is still involved at Holcombe and with the Ladies 1XI, and that we have been able to develop the coaching structure from within the club as Leigh steps up from Assistant Coach to Head Coach. The structure has experience of the club and understanding of the team to ensure continuity and development after a second place finish in the National League last season, and with the exciting opportunity of European Hockey early on in the season."