May 2, 2018

The England National Team Programme (ENTP) today announces with much regret that Gary Apsley has taken the difficult decision not to stand for a second term as ENTP General Manager.

Geoff Hemmerman, EIHA director responsible for the ENTP said: “Gary has his reasons for making this decision but as Director I see this as a huge loss to the programme.

“His drive, enthusiasm, passion and ‘can do’ attitude will be sadly missed by both myself and Ben Pitchley, ENTP head coach.

“During Gary’s two years in post he has worked tirelessly to drive the programme to where we are today.  Gary will be the first to admit it is still very much as work in progress but from my point of view when he took on the programme it was in a difficult position and very different to what we have now.

“Today we have the making of a programme any nation would be proud of and credit for that should go to Gary.  We will continue to build on the work he started to support the development of our players for the future.

“From a personal perspective I will miss his never-end pressure to always do better, to drive for excellence and to push barriers to the extreme.  Without that the programme could easily stagnate, this is something we can not let happen.

“Through collaboration and working with other parts of the EIHA he has brought forward initiatives such as he JLMC Power of Ten and the inclusion of on-ice officials in development opportunities.  He will be a tough act to follow for certain and will be difficult to replace.

“So to Gary – the ENTP will never be the same again.  You always brought your A-game and have certainly left a legacy.

“It’s safe to say that everyone involved with the ENTP wishes Gary all the very best for the future, and thank you for the massive contribution you have made to making our England programme what it is today.”

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