Tendo Kimuli appointed Ladies Performance Coach for the 2022-23 season

Upminster HC are delighted to announce that former England U21 & U18 star, Tendo Kimuli, has joined the Club as the Ladies Performance Coach for the forthcoming season.

Tendo joins the Club with an impressive playing career, including three national school’s championship titles with Whitgift School, caps for England with the U18 and U21 squads and National League appearances since 2013.

Tendo said of his appointment

From the moment the offer came through to be the Ladies Performance Coach I was really excited by the prospect of leading a group of players that are eager to play and improve both individually and as a collective. There’s a lot that I have been able to learn over the years and I’m looking forward to adding value to this club and having a great season.

Following an incredible playing season in the EHL Men’s Premier Division with Wimbledon Men’s 1s, finishing second in the highest domestic league in England, Tendo will now take the next step in his coaching career to support the UHC Ladies in their ambitions to be a top flight team in the East Premier League.

Tendo, a graduate social worker from UEL and author of “You Are Good Enough!: Don’t Doubt Who God Has Called You To Be”, has been coaching with Evo Hockey since 2015 and became one of the founding coaches of the Hockey Inner City project in 2019. Hockey Inner City aims to provide hockey playing pathways for BAME and inner city children.

On Tendo’s appointment Club Chairman, Andrew Berry, said

We are delighted that Tendo has committed to coaching our Ladies 1s at Upminster Hockey Club. He has a strong pedigree in his playing background in the England Hockey Talent System. He is an ideal person to build on the success the Ladies 1s have seen over recent years.

Tendo will commence his role immediately, working with the Club’s wider development squad that have been entered into the Lee Valley Summer League. This will be followed by a pre-season training series later this Summer.

Notes to editors

Upminster Hockey Club

Upminster Hockey Club (UHC) is a vibrant, friendly club of over 500 members and 24 teams. Based on the London/Essex borders, the Club provides year-round playing opportunities for our members, led by a pool of committed and supportive volunteers.

UHC offers playing opportunities for all ages and abilities across a vast junior, senior and social playing programme. Based at Coopers’ Company and Coborn School, members can access weekly training and league fixtures during the Season, which runs annually from September to March as well as competitive and informal social playing opportunities during the Summer months.

New member enquiries will be welcomely received and should be directed to the Club’s Honorary Secretary honsec@upminsterhc.co.uk

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Tendo Kimuli

Tendo’s playing career started as a student at Whitgift School where he was part of the successful squad that won the U13 & U14 National Outdoor Schools’ Championship (2011 & 2012 respectively) and U18 National Indoor Schools’ Championship (2015).

Starting his international career at the age of 16, following success at the 2014 Futures Cup with the U18 Saxon Tigers Squad, Tendo was then selected for the U18 European Championships in Santander, Spain in 2015 which progressed to a total of 14 caps with the England U18 & U21 squads.

Tendo holds an impressive domestic game career spanning from 2013-2021, as part of the Men’s 1st Team squads for Bromley & Beckenham HC, East Grinstead HC, Loughborough Students HC and most recently Wimbledon HC.

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