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The Coaching Team

Stuart Cunnington


Co founder and head coach of NLC. A former junior international for the UK lions and current Lincolnshire men's player.

Head coach for Spalding men's 1st, 2nd & 3rd XI winning 4 league titles, 6 promotions, 2 county championships and Lincolnshire club of the year.

Coach and player at Worcester University gaining promotion to division 1 for the first time.

Head coach at Lincolnshire U17, 15 & 13 boys winning the east championships twice. 

George Johnstone


Currently representing Reading 1st team in the English national prem. Formerly of University of Birmingham men's 1's and chairman of the society. 

Lincolnshire senior player in Division A and represented at all Junior levels.

Played regional level at Juniors.

Has been on two NLC tours to America and looking at making his 3rd this year. 

Joe Rogers

The biggest highlights of my career inclue leading my school side through to the latter stages of the englan schools cup. While at University I played for the mens performance side at Reading HC. During this time I was also part of the coaching team for the Ladies performance squad who have recently been promoted to the National League conference. Alongside this I have a wealth of experience coaching all levels of junior hockey from from beginners to Junior internationals. I am now back playing my hockey at Spalding HC where we won the league in my first season back getting into Eastern Prem. 

Emma Dalton

Currently playing National conference league for ISCA Ladies 1st XI, and for the University of Exeter hockey club. With our university team being last years BUCS silver medalists. I currently studying Engineering which gives me and analytical approach to playing and coaching. Winning the national u18 gold medal with Beeston HC and obtaining a scholarship for hockey to boarding school are amongst a few of the highlights of my career. Experience coaching both Ladies/men's beginners and juniors at Spalding hockey club. Began working with the Next Level Coaching Team last summer.

Steve Kelly

Current Hampstead and Westminster 1st XI player, a premier league team who have secured a spot in the top 4 playoffs April 2017. Formerly a Surbiton 1st XI player reaching the top 4 playoffs for two consecutive years. Head coach of King's College London University hockey team for the past two years. PE teacher and second in charge of hockey at Dulwich College. Current member of the Welsh National team recently competed in the European Championship and World League 1, unfortunately missing out on World League 2 due to a broken hand, building towards the Commonwealth Games 2018. 

Ben Read

Co founder and coach at NLC. Former British Colleges under 19s player and captain/coach at the university of Lincoln.

Currently playing in National League with Peterborough 1's.

Player for Lincolnshire mens team and manager/assistant coach for Lincolsnhire U15 and U17 teams.

Level 2 hockey coach and coach at Horncastle and Louth hockey teams being involved with Juniors, men and women.

Sam Temple-Baxter

Former British collages captain and England U18's player. Currently playing and coaching at Lindum Hockey club. Captain/coach of the men's 1st team and coach of the Ladies 1s, 2s and 3s as well as coaching the boys U18s.

Plays for the full Lincolnshire men's team whilst occasionally helping with the county junior teams as an assistant coach.

Ross Booth

Current Peterborough 1s player and captain as well as men's Lincolnshire player. Former national prem player with Loughborough university 1st team and also 2nd team captain.

Coach of Leadenham club in Lincolnshire and coaches as part of NLC in some summer camps.

Annie Dalton

Current member of University of Exeter Ladies 1st XI and Isca Hockey Club 1st XI, playing in the BUCS Premier South League and National Conference West League respectively. In the past I have won 3 national gold medals playing with Beeston Hockey Club and a BUCS silver medal with Exeter. I have represented England U17 at the UK Youth Games 2014.

I have been a qualified coach for over a year now and since then I have coached a University team, Isca Hockey Club juniors and Devon County Development Centre. Last summer I joined the Next Level Coaching team, established in Lincolnshire, my home county.

Chris Porter

I started my hockey career at the age of 15 at City of Peterborough HC and played my first season of National League hockey aged 18, before moving out to play in the ‘Division de Honor’ in Spain for FC Barcelona Hockey Club. After one season with Barcelona I moved to Melbourne, Australia and played for Altona HC throughout both the 2013 and 2014 hockey seasons. I moved back to England in September 2014 and signed for Oxted HC in the National East Conference, playing there for two seasons, before signing for East Grinstead HC of the National Premier League in the summer of 2016. Whilst playing abroad I coached several junior teams; including the FC Barcelona HC junior section, the Altona HC under 16 boys and the under 15 state representative side in Melbourne. I am now a full time sports coach (specialising in hockey) at the Trinity School of John Whitgift in Croydon, South London.

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