Wednesday, December 6, 2023

David Sweetman leaves Scottish hockey

Scottish Hockey chief executive David Sweetman is quitting his role to “explore new opportunities” after seven years.

Sweetman leaves the post ahead of Scotland’s international summer, which sees the women’s side take part in the EuroHockey elite Championships, while the men attempt to regain their EuroHockey A Division status.

Sweetman said: “I am proud of the achievements of Scottish Hockey over the last seven years. We have seen membership grow by 90 per cent; secured the investment for our Regional Development Managers; delivered more events and competitions than ever before; hosted sell out European tournaments; and seen our international teams and athletes excel.

“The Scottish Hockey team has done outstanding work to deliver new initiatives including Lead the Way; Club Pledge; the GB coaching framework; and Project Brave, helping to grow and strengthen hockey in Scotland. With Scottish Hockey due to start the strategic planning process for the next four years, I feel now is the right time to step down from Scottish Hockey to explore new opportunities.

“It has been an honour to work for Scottish Hockey, it is a fantastic organisation that is built around great people. I’d like to wish Scottish Hockey all the very best for the future.”

Sweetman joined Scottish Hockey from drinks giant Diageo, while he is also a grade one FIH umpire.

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