U21 Men Welcome Coach Garrard Against Surbiton
30 May 2008
Scotland?s U21 Men?s new coach Brett Garrard will oversee the start of the squad?s preparations for the Europeans this weekend with matches against Surbiton in London.
This weekend will be the first time new coach Garrard has worked with the squad after recently taking up the post, due to his retirement of an illustrious playing career. Ironically, before heading to Scotland, Garrard not only played professionally but worked as Coaching Director for none other than this weekend?s opponent, Surbiton, which should make for an interesting start.
Brett, bringing a wealth of experience to the position, has a combined record of 261 caps for England and Great Britain. He represented GB in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics where he was also team captain. Scottish Hockey Chief Executive Brent Deans said: ?It?s fantastic for Scottish Hockey that someone with so much experience has taken up the position to build on the progress made by Craig Parnham.?
U21 Team Manager Tom Johnston said: ?Everyone is looking forward to working with someone of Brett?s calibre, he?s very experienced. Brett will help us push a successful campaign to stay in the A division of Europe and hopefully qualify for the Junior World Cup in Malaysia in 2009.?
Garrard told Scottish Hockey: ?I?m looking forward to the challenge of coaching Scotland?s U21 men. I was always keen to get into coaching at a higher level as I have been doing it for a while at club level.? He said he?ll start to develop the whole team this weekend by working on their tactical awareness before looking at individual skill sets and levels.
Garrard knows all too well that Surbiton will provide good quality opposition, and will provide a good platform for him to assess his new squad which he?s only seen the squad once when they competed in the Great Britain Super League.
He added: ?I was excited by some of the players I saw at the GB Super League from Scotland. It will be a real challenge to get the squad to adapt to my style of play and it won?t happen in a weekend but we?ll get there. The main, overall, focus will be getting the team ready for the Europeans in San Sebastian.?
A squad of 24 will be in Surbiton this weekend, Manager Tom Johnston concluded: ?It will give Brett a good opportunity to assess the team?s skills, tactics and fitness levels before the first training session the following week.?
U21 Men?s Squad List
Carr Philip ? KELBURNE
Forsyth David ? KELBURNE
Christie Michael ? KELBURNE
McIntyre Gordon ? KELBURNE
Stott Ross ? KELBURNE
Scholfield Ian ? KELBURNE
Bain Kenny ? KELBURNE