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Brett Garrard joins Epsom College as director of hockey

GB Olympian and Surbiton coach Brett Garrard will join Epsom College in September as the school’s new director of hockey.

Garrard’s appointment, the school said, signals Epsom’s ‘continued sporting strength’ with the Briton having coached Surbiton to a record eight consecutive Premier Division titles and his school teams to four national titles.

The former GB and England captain, and two-time Olympian, said: “I’m looking forward to joining the Epsom community in September and being fully involved in a thriving sports department.

“My aim will be to establish a structured pathway, where all players are challenged, supported and are learning in a fun and rewarding environment.

Brett Garrard continues to blood new players at Surbiton (PIC: Surbiton HC)

“Over the last 10 years, I have built successful hockey programmes, focused on developing elite sportspeople as well as inclusive participation. My fundamental hockey philosophy – ‘learn while having fun’ – has been brought to life with over 350 fixtures being played each academic year, hosting regular tournaments, international tours, winning four national titles, forming multiple club links and countless pupils enjoying hockey after leaving school.”

Michael Johnson, Epsom’s director of sport, said: “We are hugely ambitious for sport at Epsom College and this appointment signals our intentions. Brett has proved over the last few years that he is one of the best coaches in world hockey.

“To have him leading our programme through its next stage of development is incredibly exciting.”

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