Welsh international and Loughborough University sports scholar EMILY ROWLANDS has joined St Albans Hockey Club first team squad and takes on two important development roles within the club.
Emily will be coordinator of the innovative Pool Coaches Scheme, under which all senior teams within the club with home games are able to benefit from a highly experienced coach, including several international players. Emily will herself act as a Pool Coach. Additionally, Emily will coordinate St Albans HC’s Schools Project which enters its third year and sees coaches from the club visit local primary and secondary schools to introduce the children to hockey in PE lessons.
EMILY ROWLANDS (aged 21) has just completed her 3rd year at Loughborough University studying Sports Science with Management and is on a one year placement 2016/17 in London. She is a member of the Wales Senior Womens’ Hockey Team, with the target to gain selection for the Commonwealth Games in 2018. She played for Wales at U18 and U21. Emily is part of the Loughborough Students 1st XI Performance Squad competing in the National League and BUCs Premiership. She has a Sports Scholarship at Loughborough University and is Umpire Secretary for University Leagues. She coached on the St Albans HC Easter 2016 camps.
Club President Mike Fordham QC said: “Emily Rowlands is another fantastic club development member. She is a highly skilled and committed player raising our standards. As coordinator of our outward-facing Schools Project and inward-facing Pool Coaches Scheme, Emily immediately becomes a key member of our development programme. We will be greatly enriched by her participation and leadership and I would like to thank the club’s 31 Corporate Partners whose support has made this appointment possible.”