England international James Albery and Rio Olympic gold medallist Nicola White take on Cambridge City Hockey Club coaching roles
James Albery and Nicola White will combine to help guide Cambridge City Hockey Club ladies’ first team.
The duo will assist City head coach Helen Richardson-Walsh, who gave birth on New Year’s Eve and will step back to
oversee matters in the Investec Women’s Hockey League.
Albery, 24,is a former vice-captain of City’s men’s team, having attended The Leys School. He has represented England at senior international level, and currently plays for Old Georgians.
White made her senior international debut in 2009, winning European bronze that season.
She went on to win Olympic gold alongside Richardson-Walsh in Rio in 2016 with Great Britain, and bronze at London 2012, and has 13 international medals in total, from World League, Commonwealth Games and European Championships.
Albery and White will provide flexibility in the delivery of sessions and match-day over sight, under Richardson-Walsh’s direction.
“It’s great to have James and Nic on board to assist me as part of a coaching team for the second half of the season,” said Richardson-Walsh.
“They both bring vast and unique experiences as players and coaches and I, along with the players, look forward to working with them.”
Simon Webb, former men’s first-team manager and club coach, said: “Having James back at the club is a welcome sight for us all.
“We are proud of how he has progressed as a player and he has plenty of experience coaching performance players at Class Hockey with Jo Ellis and Nick Thompson.
“He knows our club’s DNA and will do us proud.
“Nicola is and has been an incredible player for GB and England and brings experience of winning battles at the sharp end.
“She has extensive club coaching experience and given her time with Helen will ensure continuity in the tone of coaching.
“It is wonderful for the club that such a relationship has been struck.”
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