Sunday, December 3, 2023

Reading HC name Rob Foxall-Smith as women’s coach

Reading Hockey Club have named Rob Foxall-Smith as their new women’s 1s head coach for the 2023/24 season.

Foxall-Smith joins Reading having been Head of Ladies’ Performance at Team Bath Buccaneers last season as well as at the University of Bath – a role he will continue in alongside his role with Reading.

In addition, Foxall-Smith will continue as head coach for England Over 35 women.

On the appointment, Foxall-Smith said: “Reading is part of the fabric of English hockey and it is a privilege to be joining a place with such a proud tradition of excellence. The club, and this playing group, have all the tools to be a force at the top of the game again and I am excited to get to work in realising that ambition.”

Tim Hunt, chair of Reading Hockey Club, said that Foxall-Smith’s “credentials and passion for the role” stood out from his first contact with the club.

“I am delighted that a coach of such calibre and whose coaching path is on such a positive trajectory has chosen to take on this role. I know the whole club is looking forward to welcoming Rob and to seeing our Women’s 1st XI continue to progress in the Premier Division.”

Foxall-Smith will begin working with the playing group at Reading immediately as they prepare for pre-season and another full season in the EH Premier Division.

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