Head Coach Tony Head has greeted the addition of to the Great Britain Women’s instructed for the Tokyo Olympic. That will be very helpful for the GB team in the future. Tony will share his experience with the team which will be helpful for them.
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Former GB global Hand, a legend of the England game, has seen his role as the national development head coach extended from supervision the men’s Under-20s, Under-18s and Under-16s to now work with coaches and players’ from across the women’s national system.
The Edinburgh-born former NHL draft pick, who as head coach took the GB men’s team to the final succeeding stages for the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014, took up his national development role in August 2016.
Sheffield-born Tony said “We have a great women’s programmed and some astonishing young aptitude mixed in with a core of experienced senior players. Tony’s experience will only enhance that and I look forward to working with him in the future. I am sure the coaches and players will learn a lot from Tony’s many years of experience.
Hand, who played for Sheffield Steelers among 1995-99, coached Manchester Phoenix from 2006-17 and is also currently the head coach at Murray field Racers in the Scottish National League, said: “We have some fantastic talent in the women’s programme, with some very exciting young prospects.
I’m also looking forward to working alongside the great set of coaches we have in the women’s set-up when next season gets underway. Ice Hockey UK chairman, Richard Grieveson, added: “Tony will be a massive asset to the women’s programmed. He has done fantastic work with our juniors since 2016 and it seemed natural to expand this to the women too.”