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: Megan Beard
Occupation: I’m currently studying Agriculture and Crop Science with a Year in Industry BSC Hons at University of Nottingham. I am also currently working as a scholarship placement student at KWS UK in Cambridge.
Coaching Achievements: Previously coached U16 and U18 school hockey teams to national finals. I currently coach rounders in schools across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. I’ve also supported the England U14 rounders development squad in the 15/16 season assisting them in being undefeated.
Playing Experience: I have played rounders since a young age and first trialed for England in 2007. Since then, I’ve worked my way up the age groups alongside Georgia Stanworth. I currently bowl for the senior squad.
Other interests: Outside of rounders, I play hockey and softball.
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.
Coach: Lauren Brown
Occupation: PE Teacher
Coaching Achievements: Set up and coached secondary school rounders squad during teacher training. Prior to that, I have assisted in coaching squads in rounders at National School finals on three occasions. I started coaching rounders during my U18 & 19 England playing seasons, and as captain and vice-captain my coach often gave us drills and parts of training to lead. From this I gained my rounders coaching qualifications and knew I wanted to work to develop young talent.
Playing Experience: England representation from U16 – U19 from 2009-2012. I captained the U19 squad to an unbeaten season and was vice-captain of the U18’s again unbeaten in international competition. I stopped playing at elite level to focus on my degree and career as a teacher but have played for club teams since 2008 to present day. I also play mixed indoor rounders in a winter league.
Other interests: Away from Rounders I play football competitively for Sheffield Wednesday Ladies. I also (try to) run, I’ve done trail races and half marathons. Finally, I’m very interested in anything caramel flavoured…be that ice cream, milkshakes or biscuits – players take note?
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.
Administrator Coach: Sophie Calvert
Occupation: Project Administrator
Coaching Achievements: Sports Coaching degree (University of Bath), Level 1 & 2 Rounders, Level 1 Hockey as well as a variety of other NGB Level 1’s. I have previously assisted with the Under 14 squad back as a coach and am very excited to be part of a fantastic workforce again.
Playing Experience: I played Rounders at school and was captain of our team every year from Yr 8 – sixth form. I also attempted to set up Rounders whilst at university, unfortunately this wasn’t successful but this didn’t stop a group of us making our way to the local park for a game every week.
Other Interests: I have fallen in love with spinning and I am now attending classes 4 times a week. I am also a keen baker and can be found in the kitchen most weekends, usually preparing some sort of bake for the mixed hockey team who I play with on a Sunday. Homemade caramel shortbread are the weekly favourite!
Coach: 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.
Coach: 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.
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!