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Performance Network Manager Appointed

Hockey New Zealand released the Performance Network Plan in August, the main focus of this plan is to increase the size of the pool of athletes that are capable of pushing into the national squad, on an ongoing basis. The program will focus on individual development within a National Performance Network, providing personalised development programs and support at a level appropriate to the age and stage of the player.

Following the recruitment process, Simon Brill has been appointed to the role of Network Manager and leaves his post as Performance Coaching manager immediately to begin the implementation of the network. Brill will look to recruit five more positions to the network imminently. The roles of Athlete Pathway manager and four coaching positions will be advertised at the end of the week.

Performance Network Manager Simon Brill commented, “We are really looking forward to bringing coaches into the programme full time – the support we will be able to provide to both the individuals and the wider system with learnings from the Vantage Black Sticks is really exciting.”

The decentralized Performance Network will enable individual development over a 2-year minimum period. It will be delivered in partnership with selected local associations around New Zealand, which will enable players, coaches and umpires to develop in a performance environment while still being based close to home or study. The local association partnerships will enable the development of local talent programmes, including coach and umpire development.

The four coaching positions and athlete pathway manager role will be advertised at the end of the week via the website and the usual hockey channels.


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