Jack Childs is a Performance Hockey Coach. After starting hockey aged 14 after being introduced to it at his state school, he played JRPC and National League hockey as a teenager. He then qualified as a L3 coach aged 20, becoming the youngest coach to do this in any UK Sport. Since then Jack has coached at two Futures Cup, Exeter Uni Mens/Ladies 1s, Oxford Uni Mens/Ladies 1s and six junior National Finals. He is currently video/opposition analyst for Holcombe Men’s 1s. Outside of hockey Jack achieved straight A*/As at A-level and GCSE, before attaining a 1st class degree in Sports & Exercise Science from Exeter University where he was also a Sports Coaching Schloar. He is also a 200h yoga/meditation qualified teacher and holds a 60h teen mindfulness qualification. From Jack’s own personal journey as a state school player and coach he could see that more work needed to be done in helping all junior players reach their potential, with a particular focus on helping those with barriers to success. He was enthused by more people talking about widening the talent pool but wanted to create something that would lead to tangible change and action, with young lives and hockey being changed for the better. Hence he created the Hockey Mentors Project. Jack’s role is to lead the day to day running and overall vision for the project.
Lucy Holder (Psychology Lead)
Lucy has represented England at u16, u18 and u21 age groups and currently plays for Wimbledon Ladies in the Premier league. She achieved high A-levels results, before studying Sport and Exercise Science at St Mary’s Twickenham University. She then extended her university experience with one more year studying MSc Applied Sport Psychology and recently graduated with a distinction. As a psychology lead in this programme, she aims to provide an awareness to players about the benefits of psychological training and share knowledge the players can apply to help produce a more resilient mindset to cope with the demands of high performance hockey. Lucy is very passionate for hockey in all aspects of the sport, but in particular psychology. She believes psychological skills such as mental toughness and the perception of having strength in vulnerability can be very powerful in order to support young emerging athletes and create longevity of elite sport for all hockey players. Lucy’s own personal journey from playing with many different players, and being a part of several clubs and organisations has created a passion for the need for more diverse opportunities for players from different backgrounds, cultures and ethnic minorities. Lucy has many roles in the programme. She trains the mentors with Jack, leads the player council and helps deliver the life skills training.
Ollie Payne (Publicity)
Ollie Payne is currently in the Great Britain Hockey squad as well as playing for premier league side Holcombe Hockey Club. He has represented England at U16s, U18s and U21s level. Ollie studied Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity at Durham University after completing a Level 3 BTEC at Exeter college. He wanted to be part of the hockey mentors project because he feels that it will be of real benefit for athletes that face challenges due to circumstances that are out of their control. Ollie’s role is to lead on the publicity for the project, ensuring we clearly communicate what we are about.
Holly Munro is a student at the University of Bath, studying Forensic Psychology with Counselling and is hoping to do a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She did her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Birmingham and has represented, and captained, England U16, U18 and U21 teams and played GB U21 and U23. Holly was also part of the GB senior squad in 2018. Holly is really excited to be involved in the Hockey Mentor Project, to foster young players love for hockey while also helping to support the development of their holistic wellbeing and learn about their journeys so far. Holly will be providing advice on how to develop various aspects of the programme and support with the monthly life skills sessions. She has experience managing projects and events and has experience in a start up company focussed on inclusion, diversity and well-being