Additional Junior Coaching

Additional junior coaching is available at Epsom Hockey Club in association with Step Change Coaching.

Identifying an opportunity to help develop individual players, the team provide 1:1 and small group hockey coaching (1:5 maximum). Sessions are based at Old Schools Lane, the home of Epsom Hockey Club.

The team of experienced coaches will work with you to design a personal programme suited to your hockey needs. In conclusion, just let them know what you would like to work on! Below are the bios and 1:1 session prices for each of the coaches. For every extra player it is £10pp.

In addition, Step Change Coaching run half term and holiday hockey camps. Keep up to date and book your spot via their website.

Step Change Coaching - Hockey


Co-founders and regular faces at Old Schools Lane, Tom Smith and James Earl-King created Step Change Coaching to provide participants of all abilities an opportunity to improve their fundamental basic hockey skills.

“We chose our name as we believe it means a significant change in attitude or skill, especially which results in a definite improvement. We took some inspiration from Abhishek Ratna who said: “a gap in skills and abilities reveals a golden opportunity.” We as a coaching provider want to bring about that golden opportunity for you.

The aim of our coaching is for participants to learn individual and team-based skills, tactics, and strategies. All of this played in a fun game orientated and safe environment. Above all, our principle coaching focus is the pivotal emphasis on ‘mastering’ the fundamental basics in a dynamic environment. In addition we look at the development of higher-level skills.” – Tom & James.

The Step Change Coaching Team

Step Change Hockey Coach Tom

Tom Smith is a level 2 hockey coach who combines creative ideas and attention to detail in his coaching. At Epsom Hockey Club he coaches several different junior age groups, both indoor and outdoor. Likewise he has helped coach most of the teams in the men’s section. He has also coached in the single player pathway and at local schools. He has played at county and regional level and currently plays for Wimbledon Hockey Club.

Availability: Everyday – £30 p/45mins

Tom Smith Small Group Coaching

Step Change Hockey Coach James

James Earl-King has played at national conference level before becoming a coach. He is a level 3 hockey coach with extensive knowledge of skills, technique, and practises to achieve your goals. He has been coaching at Epsom for many years at representative, academy and development level and coaches the Ladies section and several junior teams. He has coached in the single player pathway and has run multiple hockey programmes within schools.

Availability: on request – £40 p/45mins

James Earl-King Small Group Coaching
Step Change Hockey Coach Leah

Leah Wilkinson has played senior international hockey for 15 years and in 2018 became the most capped Welsh athlete of all time with 169 appearances. Last year she became part of the Great Britain programme and now trains full time in the build up to the Tokyo Olympics.

As a level 3 hockey coach, she has had a great deal of experience in coaching. She has coached on the England hockey pathway, 1:1s, club and regional teams and in the 2018/2019 season won the Women’s Premier League as assistant coach for Holcombe Ladies. She is comfortable coaching in a variety of areas including high level skills, the fundamentals and positional play. Over her playing career she has played in all lines so can positively contribute to players of all positions.

Availability: Monday, Thursday, Friday – £40 p/45mins

Leah Wilkinson Small Group Coaching
Step Change Hockey Coach Fiona

A current international player with 56 caps for Scotland, having played in two European Championships and one World Series, Fiona Semple is a level 2 hockey coach. She plays club hockey for Wimbledon HC who have just secured promotion to the premier league – winning ‘player of the season’ this year. Player/coach to the Wimbledon Indoor Ladies 1s who secured promotion to the Super 6s. Have been junior coordinator and Head of Girls’ hockey for the last two seasons at Wimbledon, and recently accepted into the GB Advanced Coach Programme. 

Availability: on request- £40 p/45mins

Fiona Semple Small Group Coaching
Step Change Hockey Coach Sarah

Sarah Jones has over 120 international caps for Great Britain and Wales. She has competed at two Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and Gold Coast and was the first Welsh outfield athlete to represent Great Britain since 2012. One of her fondest memories was playing at a showcase event vs New Zealand at The Stoop, Twickenham in front of 10,000 fans: the biggest crowd at a hockey match in the UK in 8 years. She has played in midfield and forward positions and specialises in coaching elimination skills, goal scoring and passing with vision.

Availability: Monday, Thursday, Friday – £40 p/45mins

Sarah Jones Small Group Coaching

Step Change Hockey Coach Max

Max Lowrey is a member of the GB Elite Development Program squad and plays for Exeter University in the national premier division. He has been playing hockey for over 10 years and started out his club hockey at Epsom HC. Since then he has been through the single system and coached at both school and university, so has a wide range of experience of all ages. He says he is looking forward to getting back on a hockey pitch and giving back to his local club.

Availability: Weekdays – £25 p/45mins

Max Lowrey Small Group Coaching

Playing hockey under lockdown

Please note there are extensive rules that we must continue to follow to operate in this period of lockdown. Furthermore, all members/participants must read the EHC Members Guidance – Return to Hockey (Phase 2) carefully and thoroughly prior to booking and using facilities. Download and read…

Book your session with Step Change Coaching

Booking with Step Change Coaching is easy. You will need to select your coach, pay via Paypal link and email

For all enquiries on block bookings and payment via other methods, please email Tom at Step Change Coaching directly (address above).

The team look forward to helping you with those golden opportunities and helping improve your hockey skills!

Rules and guidance on visiting Old Schools Lane

  • Please only visit Old Schools Lane if you have a confirmed booking.
  • Please arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before your session begins.
  • Obey current Government social distancing rules.
  • Depart promptly from your session and Old Schools Lane to allow the next session to begin on time.
  • Please have a look at Epsom Hockey Club’s poster for playing hockey under lockdown. Click below. Thank you!