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John Hill


Introduction from John Hill


Firstly I would like to thank everyone for extending such a warm welcome to me. I have been involved in Sport, Fitness and Leisure facilities management for around 14 years now and most recently was the manager of a thriving academy near Wimbledon. We developed from a small club to a large multisport venue experiencing 6000 visits per week, making us officially Europe’s largest junior sporting facility in terms of regular participants. One of the main reasons behind my decision to join East Grinstead Sports Club was clear evidence of the great work that has already gone into developing this club and the huge potential it has for a fantastic future.


In terms of the Academy, we have recently experienced some major changes, including the appointment of Alison Armstrong as our first Sports Development Officer which is a key role within the department in developing all sports.


  Alison Armstrong


Stuart Simmonds (Simmo) has taken a post in the PE department at Fonthill Lodge School and therefore relinquishes his Multi-Sports coach role at the club. However, he will remain very much involved with the cricket academy and continue the excellent work he has done thus far in developing cricket here at EGSC.


His post will be filled by Craig Tonna who is currently working for us as a Duty Manager.  With his Sports Science degree behind him we know Craig will be a great asset to the team.


  Craig Tonna


Lisa Packer and Neil Burlinson also join us as Community Sports Coaches for Netball and Hockey respectively and they have already been making great strides in promoting those sports in local schools and the wider community under the banner of East Grinstead Sports Club.


I am sure you will all welcome the newcomers with the same warmth you showed me and we all look forward to meeting the exciting and challenging times ahead.


The inaugural tournament at the G4S Netball centre in the Autumn will be a major highlight in the next couple of months and we are also hosting our first junior and senior table-tennis tournament on the 6/7th October.  We hope this will become an annual event and also encourage table-tennis to be played here on a more frequent basis. Thank you to everyone who supported the recent Thai Boxing evening, it was very successful and we are working towards this becoming a regular event in our calendar.


The cricket teams all take a well earned rest after performing extremely well in their respective leagues so it is over to the hockey, football and badminton clubs to embark on their new seasons and build on the successes of last year. Please check the website or phone Reception for information about these clubs and their fixtures this season - your support at all events is always appreciated.


John Hill

Sports Development Manager

September 2007