Chertsey Thames Valley Hockey Club

Est 1936

Katharine Ricoux- Coach of the Year

Over the past year, Kat has once again increased numbers in the colts section. The colts are now playing more matches than previous years and seem keen to continue in the sport. This has also been reflected in the adult squads as some of the older colts have now become regulars on a Saturday.

Teams in the colts section are now winning more regularly, including an improved performance from all teams at the Surrey Youth Games, where Kat coached the Runnymede squads. The girls side ended the tournament in 4th, a vast improvement on their performance in 2015 as the boys finished 5th.

In her role as Colts Manager, she has tried to gain further help within the club for volunteers to coach at training and umpires for games, something a few of us are more than happy to do. These coaches have gone on to gain their Level 1 qualification, as they have enjoyed the rewarding experience in the friendly environment that has been created on the pitch. She is always looking to expand the colts section, gathering more members and organising more matches as well as progressing the older colts into the adult squads. Last year, a couple of the girls were part of the Ladies 1XI who won their league, losing only one game in the season. Obviously playing alongside their coach not only helped but inspired them to play at the higher standard.

Before adult training, she is first to the pitch for an hour of colts training. After her game on a Saturday, she is generally out on a Sunday to coach one of the colts sides that will have a game (5-6 hours a week, maybe more!). All of this is done voluntarily.

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