Clydesdale Hockey Club
Clydesdale Hockey Club have been one of the premier hockey clubs in Glasgow for many years. In recent years, the team has been a regular fixture in National League Division One. The aim is to be competitive and help the players realise their potential.
For the 2018-19 season, Clydesdale will run five teams. The 1st XI play in National League Division One, 2nd XI in Regional League and three teams play in the local West District Leagues.
For indoor, the club has teams in National League Division 1, Regional League and in the local District League.
The 1st XI are coached by Callum McLeod, who has just completed his first season as ‘Dale coach during the 2017-18 campaign. A former Scotland internationalist in his playing days, Callum was an influential member of the Western Wildcats team that won the league in the early 2000s. Callum has experience of coaching hockey in Canada, bringing with him a depth of knowledge of the game and current coaching philosophies and was also Scottish Hockey’s Performance Director until 2015.
Callum is supported by Stuart Banford, who coaches the Men’s 2nd XI. Stuart was a member of the successful Kelburne team of the 1990s and has recently returned to coaching after having a break from playing. Stuart was was an accomplished defender in his day and was recognised at Great Britain U23 level. Stuart began coaching the 2nd XI in 2016. He then took on a brief spell as 1st XI coach towards the end of the 2016-17 season before returning to his position as 2nd XI coach.
Club training sessions are led by current 3rd XI captain, Peter Justice. Peter has enormous experience in hockey both through playing and coaching having been involved in the game for over 30 years. As well as being a very intelligent defender, Peter was also a previous 1st XI captain of Clydesdale throughout the 1990s.
The Men’s 1st Indoor team during the 2017-18 season were led by Neil Mitchell. Neil has been coaching the indoor team for three indoor seasons, having previously been assistant to previous Head Coach, John McKnight. Neil has also a big background in outdoor hockey having coached Perthshire Hockey Club’s 1st XI in recent years.
Clydesdale’s juniors have been consistently producing age group players for the National squads. The following are currently involved in Scotland’s respective youth squads:
U18s: Alasdair Richmond, Struan Walker, David Nairn
U16s: Ben Galloway