John played for England, Indoors and Out, and Great Britain between 1977 and 1988. He amassed a total of over 100 International appearances and represented his Country at Champions’ Trophies, European and World Cups. He captained England on a number of occasions between 1979 and 1981. He was in England and Great Britain teams which won World Cup Silver, European Indoor Silver, European Bronze and Champions’ Trophy Silver Medals during his playing career.
John was in the Great Britain Squad in preparation for the 1988 Seoul Olympics finishing his career as non-travelling reserve for the Olympic Gold Medal winning team and retired from International goal keeping to take up a Position with the National Governing Body in England as a consultant goalkeeper coach. A Position he held from 1989 to 2019.
During this time he has worked with England and Great Britain Squads, both male and female, and has been a member of Team GB at six Olympic Games and a member of England Teams at five Commonwealth Games. He has also attended European Cups, World Cups and Champions Trophies in his role as Goalkeeper Coach and videographer with England and Great Britain Men and Women.
He regards England Men winning Gold at the 2009 European Cup, Great Britain Men’s and Women’s achievements at London 2012, England Women winning Gold at the European Cup in 2015 and the Gold Medal in Rio as particular highlights of his coaching career.
John has also been Manager and Assistant Manager of the England Senior Men’s Team, managing them to European Bronze in 1991 and European Indoor Silver in 1994.
He has coached goalkeepers who have been internationally recognised by being included in FIH World selections including James Fair, Simon Mason, Beth Storry and Maddie Hinch.
Until 2011 John held the Position of Goalkeeping Performance Manager for England Hockey, managing the goalkeeper coaching throughout the Performance programmes. He has organised Goalkeeper Coaching Courses for the English Governing Body since 1989 and has been the author, and co-author, of goal keeper coaching articles and resources which have been well received by coaches in the United Kingdom and Abroad.
He has organised Goalkeeper Coaching Seminars for the FIH at both the 1998 World Cup in Utrecht and the 2008 Olympic Qualifier in Chile as well as working with the Irish, Scottish and Welsh Hockey Associations at various times during his coaching career.
From 2013 to 2016 John was Manager of the England and Great Britain Women’s Team and worked with England at the World League Finals in Argentina (Bronze), the European Cup in Belgium (Silver), the 2014 Commonwealth Games (Silver) and European Gold in 2015. The Great Britain Gold Medal in Rio was a fitting climax to his career.
There is no-one more qualified than John. We feel very lucky to have him working so closely and regularly with our Class Hockey Goalkeepers. He brings a wealth of experience to our players and our coaching team.