We are proud to announce the appointment of new Men's Team GB Head Coach Tony Knock
We asked Tony what his vision for the future of Team GB will be, he said.
There are many objectives floating through my head at the moment, immediately we need some structure and stability in Team GB Men's. We need to ensure we have a good sight of National talent from pee-wee through to Men’s GB. After the Summer will align Men’s GB training with the U/19’s and the other Team GB age groups. It’s essential to have a solid programme for nurturing our young talent, there are many benefits such as introducing them to Senior GB role models, encouraging age play up and vital for our GB coaches across age groups to be connected. As a collection of coaches we should be broadening our horizons and looking at other sports and technology to develop our coaching practices. Alignment of Team GB Training will step up the frequency we train and will inevitably provide opportunities for the players on the fringe of Team GB which can only be good for our sport.
We will have an ambition to create a Team GB environment to attract players and complement the existing talent. So many wonderful Team GB U/19’s players have sadly left the sport and I’d love to see some of these return, we also have no BISHA North at the moment, but I am keen to hear from former North players wishing to play for Team GB and exploring how I can help?
Not a promise at this stage but I would not rule out an international friendly in the Autumn ahead of the Europeans Championships.
What are you looking for from your team?
Team GB u/19 supporters will recall that I would encourage expansive and hi-tempo performances with a real motivated bench. In terms of the style for the Team GB Men this year at the European Championships then we will assess players at training and then adopt suitable patterns which we believe permit us to take the gold!
What are your thoughts on being given the biggest job in Skater Hockey?
Although we are not due to train until the end of July there is so much to do behind the scenes. I have already started to make a presence at league matches and with club coaches permission I’d like to perhaps attend some club training sessions too.
In terms of wider management, I am absolutely open minded in terms of an assistant so please look out for the forthcoming applications. This is an exciting opportunity and I’m looking forward to working with players… in particular the players I have never worked with before where I’ve always been the opposing coach or ref, so a good opportunity for them to see a different side of me! I’ve really missed being in Team GB over the previous few seasons, so great to be back!