Dedicated hockey coach honoured with lifetime achievement award

Dedicated hockey coach honoured with lifetime achievement award

Simon Meechan

Dedicated hockey coach honoured with lifetime achievement award

When his two daughters joined Maidenhead Hockey Club in 1997 Jim Thompson decided to pitch in with some volunteering to help the club.

Jim Thompson has coached at Maidenhead Hockey Club for 16 years

Sixteen years of hard work later and Jim has been presented with a borough lifetime achievement award for his dedication and role in developing talent at the club.

The 54-year-old from Pinkneys Green received his award at the Royal Borough celebration of leisure and cultural achievement presentation evening on Tuesday, November 12.

Jim, who works as a cost manager in the construction industry, is now a coach and chairman of the club's colts section for players aged between eight and 18.

He volunteers for four-and-a-half hours on a Sunday at Altwood School in Altwood Road, coaching young players.

Jim's father-in-law, Alan Badcock, was a former player at the club and chairman of the colts. When Jim's daughters Robyn, now 23, and Katie, 21, joined the club he decided to volunteer as a parent helper.

Alan passed away about 10 years ago and his daughters are grown up, but Jim has continued his work with the club.

And Maidenhead has developed successful players, with Matt Daly and James Bowler going on to represent Great Britain and Scotland respectively.

"From my own perspective we have got players into the first team that I took when they were first starting off. It's fantastic to see," said the father-of-two.

He has been known to buy ice-cream for players on hot days and also organised hockey sessions for parents of colts.

Jim, who specialises as a goalkeeping coach, said:"I want to thank all the coaches and volunteers. Without them I would not be getting this award.

"We have got 16 to 18 coaches and a similar numbers of parents who volunteer that help out. It's a considerable number of people involved with the club."

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