Meet the Coaches

Good players need talent but they also need great coaches. We are very happy to be able to introduce you to the squad coaches who will be taking the players through the 2018 playing season.

Each of the coaches are qualified and chosen for their commitment, enthusiasm and motivational skills. We anticipate that the players will respond brilliantly to these eager, hard working leaders. Through the season they will be using the skills from their coaching qualifications to encourage every player to perform to the best of their ability and to increase their confidence and to deliver skills and tactics training to enhance the team performance.

Here are the ambassadors for our sport:

Under 14 Squad

Coach: TBC

Under 16 Squad

Lead Coach: Sue Manson

Occupation: PE Teacher, Rounders Coach, Tutor and National Umpire

Coaching Achievements: I have loved coaching rounders throughout my career, from school U8 teams, to national IAPS U13 champions and England teams of various age groups over the years! Coaching recently at school in Kenya was quite surreal with a backdrop of zebra, giraffe and wilder beast!

Playing Experience: I have played for several teams either at 1st post, BS or 1st deep and yes I am left handed but sometimes try a sneaky right-handed hit!

Other interests: Tennis – social and league and walking two energetic dogs.

Under 21 and Senior Squad

Coach: Kate Halfpenny

Occupation: Assistant Head Teacher in charge of Pastoral Support, Safeguarding and PE & Sport – Courthouse Green School in Coventry.

Coaching Experience: Level 1 awards in Cricket and Netball. Level 1 & 2 Football. I have coached lots of schools and club rounders, cricket and football. I have taken Year 11 teams to Nationals several times and also entered school teams into the Ladies League. I also umpire rounders at National level.

Playing experience: I have represented England and Leicestershire at U21 and Senior level back in the late 90s until around 2006. Currently, I play in the Leicestershire Ladies league for Fianna. I have also previously chaired the Leicestershire League. I missed a couple of seasons when working in the States at the start of my career and Softball just didn’t cut it, so I came home!

Other interests: I love to watch the cricket and I am quite capable of losing whole days of my life when there’s a test match on. I’m also a history and politics geek and will happily talk to anyone that will listen about the impact of one on the other until they beg me not to anymore! I really love to be in the outdoors, preferably on a beach (in any weather) but walking, hiking and general outdoor adventures are a passion of mine. I’m very fortunate that my work allows me to take young people on these adventures too and I am always the first to organise or volunteer for the residential trips.

Support Coaches

coachesCoach: Georgia Stanworth

Occupation: Physical Education Teacher

Coaching Achievements: I have coached the England U14’s for 3 years and they all have been very successful. Most of the girls I have coached have moved up through the ages groups and into the senior teams. I have taken them on 2 tours to Isle Of Man and Guernsey in which we have been unbeaten.

Playing Experience: I have played for England Rounders from the age of 12. I have had the opportunity to captain them for 7 years, and now I am playing my 3rd year in the adult squad. I have met some amazing friends along the way, which will be friends for life, it is an amazing opportunity to get involved in sport and to me it’s like having a second family.


coachesCoach: Millie Collins

Occupation: PE Teacher at County Upper School

Playing Experience: I have captained the England Senior squad for the past 6 years.

Coaching Achievements: I have coached the England Under 19 and Senior squad. As well as this I have coached the County Upper School team at the national finals.


Coach: Bob Newbould

Occupation: Surgical Instrument Fitter

Coaching Achievements: My coaching achievements include; Levels 1 & 2 FA Coaching, Level 2 ECB Cricket, Level 1 ETTA Table Tennis and Level 1 in Rounders.

Playing Experience: I have 25 years playing experience in various mixed rounders teams in Sheffield.

Other interests: Umpiring, coaching and playing for other local sports teams in Cricket and Football.

Head Coach

Michele Golland

Occupation: Event Organiser and Head Coach at Rounders England

Playing Experience: I have over 30 years playing our sport. I played both mixed and ladies Rounders in the South Yorkshire league, captaining the teams and winning many trophies along the way. I played for England on three occasions and represented England in the first tour of the Caribbean in 2001.

Coaching Achievements: I am a UKCC Level 2 coach and I’m also a Level 2 Intermediate Umpire. I have coached the England Under 17 and Under 19 squads back in 2005/6. I have been the Events Organiser and Head Coach at Rounders England since 2010 and each year I’m loving the game more and more!

Get Involved

You don’t need to be a skilled player to be a great coach. An enthusiasm for teaching and a passion for the game are much more important.

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