As the new hockey season gets underway. Hockey Wales are thrilled to welcome a new Community Development Manager to the team.
Sam Barrett will be responsible for developing our clubs across Wales, engaging with hockey volunteers and members to ensure our sport is sustainable for the future, and implementing strategies to ultimately grow the game at club level.
After graduating with a BA in Business and Entrepreneurship in 2016, Sam has had a relatively short (but varied) career to date. He started out with a move to London to work for several early-stage start-up companies before enjoying spells in professional and semi-professional sports coaching, both in the UK and the US.
Most recently, Sam was working for an enterprise charity helping young people aged 11-21 grow their own businesses.
Born and based in England, Sam comes from a sports mad family. Having tried and played most sports as a kid, he first picked up a hockey stick at age 10 and entered the coaching pathway for both hockey and football at age 16.
After taking far too long to recover from the first few training sessions back after lockdown, he is taking a break from playing hockey for the most part and can now be found coaching his local Men’s first team.
On joining the team at Hockey Wales, Sam said "I'm absolutely delighted to be joining the Hockey Wales team, it's a great team with a great vision. I'm really looking forward to getting stuck in and working with all our clubs across Wales to develop and grow the sport we all love!"