Indian Gymkhana Hockey Club have appointed Ian Jennings MBE and Simon Mason, as the performance director and director of strategy & communications, respectively.
Jennings is a former England international player and has previously coached England Women’s Teams, England U21 and U18 Men.
Jennings will take charge of coaching across the club, focussing on the role of first team coach, but including club wide player development, junior programme oversight and junior player integration into the senior programme.
He said: “The Gymkhana hockey programme provides an exciting opportunity to work with a club with a fantastic vision.
“As they (the club) approach the centenary, they have a burning desire to create a high-performance, inclusive and welcoming environment.
“I look forward to working with some incredibly talented players and merging the flair and skill for which they are renowned with a European structure and discipline.
“The future undoubtedly has some challenges within it, but the potential at Gymkhana is huge and I welcome the chance to be part of their vision and future successes.”
Mason is a former goalkeeper and participated in three Olympics for Great Britain.
He served as president of the England Hockey Board and is a Director on the Executive Board of the European Hockey Federation.
Mason will oversee the club’s internal and external communications and assist the development of the club’s strategic direction.
He said: “Sometimes opportunities present themselves from the most unexpected quarters. At a time when my own future playing career was in question, a timely email from Kinde Hanspal (Gymkhana club captain) outlined a vision and asked some questions that were both exciting and intriguing.
“Having discussed a plan with them a while now, their energy and enthusiasm for the future of the club is infectious.
“They want to broadcast the positives and strengths that the club possesses, to integrate it within the England hockey family and dispel some of the myths and preconceived ideas that exist.
“Quite simply I can’t wait to begin working with them, the chance to be part of something special that could have a lasting effect on a club with an international reputation is quite unique.”