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Head of Coaching - Amanda Partington

Amanda has been with Alderley Edge HC for over 6 years coaching the Mens 1st Team and is now our Head of Coaching, with the ambition of developing an inspirational coach and player pathway that furthers the club’s potential and drives sustained success, empowering each coach and giving players a path to succeed.



Current roles

- Head Coach for England Hockey Performance Centre (Manchester -Boys).
- Hockey Coach at Stockport Grammar School.
- England Hockey Coach Educator.


 Previous roles

- Head Coach for Wales Senior Women’s Squad (Commonwealth Games –Delhi 2010, Glasgow 2014 & World League, 2012, 2014 & Europeans 2011, 2013 & 2015).
- First female Head Coach in Men's premier EHL with Bowdon HC. Gained record highest club place and play off for EuroHockey League place in 2011.
- Head Coach for Loughborough University, Poynton Ladies and English Universities.
- Coach for England Hockey World Class Programme, working with England u18s for European and Four Nations Championships, Academies and part of the development journey for 2016 Olympic Gold medalists Sam Quek, Nicola White, Laura Unsworth, Hannah Macleod.
Professionally Amanda is an Independent Sports Consultant who has led on Performance and Talent Development projects for the last 10 years following a 14 year University lecturing career in PE & Sport and 5 years with England Hockey as the National Manager for Education, where she created and designed Quicksticks.


Relevant Qualifications

- Level 4 Coach & PG.Dip Elite Coaching Practice
- MSc Exercise & Nutrition Science
- Currently completing a Prof.Doc in Elite Performance ‘Delivering and sustaining culture change in talent pathways’.
- NVQ Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement



Head Coach Ladies 1s - Andrew Gibson

Andrew is Ladies 1s Head Coach, with the ambition to develop the squad and prospective players, maintaining the North Premier League status. In addition, he will work with our u14 cup and development squad girls.


Current roles

- Coach for England Hockey Performance Centre (Manchester-Girls) & AASE Coach
- England Hockey Coach Developer
- Head of Hockey - Cheadle Hulme School


 Previous roles

- Head Coach for England Hockey Performance Centre (Leeds -Boys) 

- Head Coach - Doncaster Hockey Club Ladies 1st Team
- Head of Junior Development - Doncaster Hockey Club
- Peak Field Hockey Camp Dartmouth College USA


Relevant Qualifications

- England Hockey Level 2 Coach

- England Hockey Advanced Coaching Program (2017 cohort)
- NVQ Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement



Club Coach - Sean Hadfield

Lead coach with the Ladies 2s-7s squads and the GK development.  Delivering the club framework across the whole ladies section and player pathway progression through the squads. Main focus to gain promotion with Ladies 2nd XI and develop players through the teams and into 1st XI. In addition Sean coaches the u16 Girls squads.

Current roles
- Hockey coach at Cheadle Hulme School
- Coach at Alderley Edge School for Girls
- Deliver hockey at a number of Cheshire primary schools


 Previous roles
- Coach at Bowdon HC (2016-17)
- Coach - George Watson’s College and Fettes College in Edinburgh (2012-16)
- Youth Coach - Grange Hockey Club (2013-16)
- Assistant Coach - East of Scotland U14s (2015-16)


 Relevant Qualifications
- Hockey Leaders Level Coach (Scottish qualification)
- Currently working towards England Hockey - EH Coach (Level 2) Coaching qualification



Club Coach - Mark Smith

Coaching Ladies 4s, u14 Tier 2 Girls and u13 Girls coach. Developing and supporting the potential of all players, across all ability and age ranges, whatever their aspirations may be. Working within the framework developed to provide training sessions that allow players to develop the skill set that they need for games. Supporting teams on a weekend to perform to the best of their ability and to enjoy the game experience.


Current roles

- JAC Sandbach Head Coach

- Cheshire U21 Ladies Coach


Previous roles
- Coached and umpired in the Ladies National League

- Coached in Mens/ladies North Premier league

- Head Coach at Deeside Ramblers Men’s/Ladies first team

- Coach Chester Men’s/Ladies first team

- Coach at North u21, u16 boys

- Club coach at Chester HC, Winnington Park HC


Relevant Qualifications
Level 3 coach.



Apprentice Coach – Chris Ashton

Chris is our apprentice coach helping us deliver across the club and in local schools. Chris coaches the boys 12-16yrs Development programme, Ladies 5-7s squads and the coaching camps and Top up programme. The role also links in to Kings School, Macclesfield.

Relevant Qualifications

- Currently working towards England Hockey - EH Coach (Level 2) Coaching qualification