Club Coaches

Below are the profiles for Banbury Hockey Club’s coaches:

Men’s 1st XI Coach

Currently Vacant, to apply for the role contact

Stephen Brooker

Level 2 Coach, 1st XI men’s team manager, Juniors County Coach

Stephen now manages the men’s 1st XI following a 40 year career playing indoor and outdoor hockey for a variety of Clubs. He attends men’s training on Wednesday evenings to assist the Coach, spot talent and confirm player selection.

Stephen also coaches and manages the Banbury u13 boys JDC and the Oxford JAC (County) side at the same age group.

Sadie Lapper

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Ladies 1st XI Coach

Sadie started coaching when she was 15 at a local primary school but her main interest has always been in playing. She represented England at the British University games in 2000 and played in the National Premier League for Sutton Coldfield whilst studying at Worcester University.

Sadie coached Worcester University for two years and has continued her coaching at a variety of clubs, schools and county teams throughout Oxfordshire since my return back to the ‘shire’.

Tony Instone

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Men’s 2nd XI Coach, Level 3 Coach

Tony played 1st XI hockey for 17 years for Banbury before ‘retiring’ to concentrate on coaching. Having coached juniors and seniors, men and ladies at all levels from club and Junior County to Senior County, from the MBBO through to the National League (Men’s) he returned to Banbury in 2005 to work with the Banbury Men’s 1stXI for 4 successful seasons.

He is delighted to be now coaching the Banbury Men’s 2nd XI for a second season following their promotion last season and hopefully helping to support the development of future 1st XI players.

Andy Camp

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Men’s 3rd & 4th XI Coach, Level 2 Club & County coach

Andy has been coaching junior and senior hockey for over 20 years and has been playing hockey for over 35 years.

He coaches the Tuesday evening session for the men’s 3s, Piranhas, & men’s 4s, and also coaches and manages the Oxfordshire County boy’s squads.

Andy also manages and plays for the club’s successful Piranha team.

Carol Hicks

Ladies 3rd & 4th XI Coach, Level 2 Club Coach

Carol has been coaching junior hockey for 15 years, senior hockey for 4 and has been playing for over 30 years.

She coaches the Tuesday evening session for the ladies (3′ , 4’s, back to hockey and developing girls breaking into senior hockey) and is part of the junior girls coaching team (also on a Tuesday) , as well as coaching at various schools in the Chipping Norton Catchment area.

She co-ordinates the Ladies Development Team which aims to give girls not yet ready for Ladies League a chance to play 11aside hockey with some senior players.

Simon Atkins

Ladies 3rd & 4th XI Coach, Level 2 Club and County coach

Simon has been coaching junior hockey for over 20 years, and playing hockey for 40 years.

He coaches the Tuesday evening sessions for the Junior girls & Ladies general Club training, has managed and coached the Club’s under 16 girls, as well as coaching Junior Development Centres, and the Oxfordshire County girls.

Simon plays for the Club’s successful Veterans team, and is also the Men’s Club Captain.


Junior Coaches

 Kieran Symons kieran_symons_round Kieran joins us as our men’s 1st team overseas player this season joining us from Altona Hockey Club in Victoria Australia. In addition to representing the club as a player Kieran also coaches junior and senior sides on a Tuesday and Wednesday night. During his time with us he is hosted by a local school helping to strengthen their hockey program.
Stuart Armstrong

Level 3 Hockey Coach, England Hockey National Age Group Academy Coach and Sainsbury’s School Games Coach, England Hockey National Coach Developer

I have been researching and working in children’s sport, youth sport and grass roots sport for the majority of my working life. I believe that the creation of amazing sports experiences is central to the growth of any sport and that coaches are pivotal to this process.

Becoming an expert talent development coach is my life’s goal and passing this knowledge on to help develop other coaches is a genuine passion. I am a National Age Group Talent Development Coach at England Hockey working with some of the top U16 and U18 players in the country.

I was recently at the Sainsbury’s School Games as one of the coaching team with one of the England Teams represented at the event. I am also a coach developer for England Hockey delivering coach development workshops on Engaging Games for Children and Coaching for Talent.

Last year I delivered 15 workshops and was in front of over 250 coaches. I have a pretty popular blog at where I provide articles and courses for parents and coaches on subjects related to talent development.
My email list is over 750 and I have 2030 Twitter followers (and counting!).

Jim Chadbourne

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Level 1 Club Coach, Level 2 Regional Umpire, Level 1 Club/County Umpire Assessor

Jim has been coaching junior hockey for 5 years, has been playing hockey for over 35 years and umpiring for the last 20 years.

He coaches and organises the Sunday session for primary school children, and also manages the U10s and U12s at various festivals throughout the season.

James Long

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Level 2 Coach & Qualified Physical Education Teacher

James has coached in America, Australia and now works at a local school as a Hockey Specialist.

He coaches the Women’s 3&4s on a Tuesday, U13 Banbury JDC’s. James also plays for the Banbury Men’s 1st XI.

Rob Cooper

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Level 1 Hockey Coach

Rob has been coaching junior and senior hockey for 25 years, has played for over 35 years, and is also a qualified Umpire.

He coaches part-time on Sunday mornings, and has in the past coached in Cheshire and Dorset, where he helped run the County Junior Squads.

When fit and not on childcare duties, Rob trots out occasionally for the Men’s 4ths and Vets, and umpires.

Additional Junior Coaches Lucy Wilkes
Liz McVey
Cath Clarke
Tim Yates