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By Colin Fraser
5 August
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EHC takes the next step forward


Edinburgh Hockey Club (CALA) is continuing its drive towards the top end of hockey in Scotland. We are creating a continuously improving performance environment for our top end athletes while maintaining our values of respect, perform and enjoy.
The season 2021/2022 will see the next step of our evolution, with the return of several former “Cala” 1st XI players in coaching roles.

We are delighted to announce the return of Gemma Kay to the club. Gemma played for EHC for many years, is a Level 2 coach and PE teacher. Gemma will take over coaching the Women’s 1st team from 16th August.

To lead our return to the Men’s National League, former Scotland International Scott Sutherland re-joins us as 1st team player/coach. Scott joins from Premier League Edinburgh University and is part of the Scotland U21 coaching team.

To further support our performance aspirations, the club has employed the services of Complete Hockey coaches Neil Allan and Graham Moodie who are delighted to be able to deliver performance coach mentoring and specialist performance coaching to the club. Both Neil and Graham are one-time Cala 1st team players.

Club president, Colin Fraser reflects:
“I’m delighted to appoint and welcome back two high quality, motivated coaches to take our performance Men’s and Women’s sides forward. It is a fantastic bonus to have experienced, international coaches (one of them an Olympian) working to support their continued development as performance coaches. Tapping into the experience of coaches who work within the GB & Scotland programmes and have experience of best practise in developing performance club hockey will be of great benefit.”

Also returning to the club after working away during Covid is Billy Fouflias. Billy plays for our 1st team, is a Greek international player and an experienced coach. Billy will coach our Women’s 2nd team, supported by Emily Ross, who will be player/assistant coach.

We are also delighted to announce another significant coaching investment. Janice Hudson-Windsor will be delivering a new coach development programme for the EHC Youth Section – details to follow in the next few days.

These are phenomenally strong next steps for our club. The addition of new members to the performance coaching team, with expert support gives us a platform not only for success on the pitch but also for embedding change in the way we “do things round here”.

The values of Respect, Perform and Enjoy will be furthered strengthened.

When you get the chance, please wish all of our coaching team well in the season ahead.

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