Andy Tayor unveilved as new director of hockey at Mansfield Hockey Club

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Mansfield HC have appointed England Masters 40’s manager Andy Taylor as director of hockey at the club.

Taylor has worked on the National and International Hockey stages over the past few years winning Masters World Cup Bronze, European Silver and leading his England side to Gold at the recent Home Internationals.

He brings a huge wealth of experience to the club where he started as a player aged 14 back in 1975.

Club officials hope the appointment will promote the development and profile of both the sport and the club within the Mansfield and Ashfield area.

Taylor said: “Its an exciting time at Mansfield HC. The club has gone through some lean years of late, but is now turning a corner with huge emphasis being placed not only on the playing side but also on community involvement.

“We also offer facilities that more than rival other local clubs, encouraging positive recruitment of players and volunteers and subsequently raising the clubs profile back up to where it belongs at the forefront of East Midlands Sport.

“The next few years will be an exciting time to be involved in the club where it all began for me.”

As part of the overhaul Shawn Hall has been named new club coach.

Hall took a couple of years off from coaching recently to become a recognised qualified Umpire at the highest regional levels, but now feels it is his time to get back into his first love coaching.

He has accepted the challenge of being Club Coach for Mansfield HC, as well as supporting the First XI for home and away games.

Responsibilities revolve around training at all levels, team selection and all club coaching matters.

His coaching background has seen multiple league titles won within the Midlands Hockey Leagues and he hopes to bring the same level of success to Mansfield Hockey Club.