Alty the architect in fine form showed by ladies

Leyland and Chorley Womens Hockey Team
Leyland and Chorley Womens Hockey Team
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He’s the brains behind a so far impeccable season for Leyland and Chorley women’s hockey team.

But head coach Rob Alty refused to take all the credit when it came to his side’s fine performances this season.

A former player for the Leyland Foxes, 32-year-old Rob decided to retire from playing the sport he loves as “his body could no longer take it.”

But now focusing on coaching full time, he has so far guided Leyland to 14 wins from 14 matches plus a cup semi-final which will be played on March 15.

The ladies were recently crowned champions of the Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association Division two and Alty was delighted with the title-winning season but still has his sights set on further glory.

He said: “Last year we didn’t manage to achieve promotion but that has actually helped us this season.

“Being in the same league this year we have won games which last year we may have lost, yes it did upset us last year but I’m delighted with how we have done.

“But the season hasn’t finished yet and we as a team still have targets, we all want to finish the season unbeaten and win every game.

“We want to win the Lishman Plate as well so we want to do everything possible to win the game.”

Alty, a level two qualified coach, is looking to take his level three badges but he made a point that it wasn’t just his hockey knowledge that helps him in his coaching.

He added: “I’m currently a business analyst and in the job we look for constant improvements in businesses.

“This actually helps me with my coaching, I spot things quite early and I see things different to others which has helped us this season.”

Aside from his job in business, Rob is studying a degree in sports coaching and paid tribute to wife Sarah and his parents.

Next season the women will be marching on to Division One of the Lancashire Central Women’s Hockey Association and Alty has high hopes for his improving side.

He said: “We had a pre-season friendly against a Divison One side and won.

“Next year will be a tough season but I’m targeting a top four finish.

“Promotion is an option for us but it isn’t an end goal, we’ll set our objectives throughout the summer and see how things go.

“Our opposition wasn’t always easy this season and we had some tough games but we always made sure we won our games professionally and in the right way.