Dear Club Member,

Leeds Hockey Club is delighted to announce that Michael Hoare will be the new Men’s 1XI Player Coach for the 2022/2023 season. This landmark signing has been made possible by the fantastic work of the Performance Committee. The appointment reflects the commitment Leeds Hockey Club has, to be the best club in the Yorkshire and challenge the very best Clubs in the North.

Michael has had a vast amount of experience as a professional Hockey player. During his 8 year international career he became a World, European and Commonwealth medallist. This is combined with his unique story of growing up in Liverpool and having to fight hard to compete with those from other geographical locations and education systems. This has given him a passion to want to share his knowledge and determined approach to life, and be a role model to others.

Michael Hoare as part of the England Men’s Squad

Club Chair – Phil Stubley – ‘This signing is the biggest in Leeds Hockey Club history. The appointment reflects the continued ambition of the club. Thanks to all involved in signing Michael. I am looking forward to the benefits Michael will bring to us, alongside watching an ex International Player wearing LHC club colours.’

Club President – Simon Batty – ‘I am delighted that Michael Hoare is joining LHC this coming season as Men’s 1st XI player Coach the depth of experience that he will bring to the team and LHC is immeasurable.  I hope he and the team have a successful season. I hope you will all join me in giving him a warm Welcome. ‘

Performance Committee – Mike Pounder – ‘It’s a great pleasure to have such a successful player coming to Leeds and it builds on the quality we’ve brought to the club over the past few years. This will strengthen a club that is well established in the National League and looking to go to the next level. Having a player of Michael’s quality will offer a great learning experience for all players at all levels either by playing alongside him or watching from the side-lines.’

New Men’s 1XI Player Coach – Michael Hoare – ‘I’m really excited to be joining Leeds Hockey Club. Also back supporting the development of hockey in the north. The club is in a really good place after years of hard work, I can’t wait to get started this coming season.’


The Leeds Hockey Club Committee