Aldershot & Farnham head coach Ian Jennings is stepping down from the role at the end of the season.

Jennings has held the role for the past seven seasons and overseen an extremely successful period for the club.

The men’s first team achieved five promotions in seven seasons, which took the team from Hampshire Division Two in the ninth tier of English hockey to the South East Premier Division in the fourth tier – just one step below the National League.

During this time the men’s first team have been league champions and gone a whole season without dropping any points. The team are now playing at the highest level in men’s hockey history at the club, and have competed well in the South East Premier Division over the past two seasons. The men’s first team are in fourth place in the league with one match remaining this season.

During his time at the helm, Jennings has supported the club in achieving Farnham Sports Council’s Team of the Year and Coach of the Year awards, and been nominated for England Hockey’s Team of the Year award.

Jennings also led the club’s ladies’ first team for two seasons, maintaining their place in the South East Premier Division in the fourth tier. He has also coached elite youngsters aged over five years old and seen them progress into the men’s and ladies’ sides, with many progressing into the club’s first teams in this time. Jennings also managed the club’s sponsorship programme for five years, generating more than £50,000 for the club.

Jennings’ final match in charge of the men’s first team is at home to Sittingbourne on Saturday, April 6. The club have thanked Jennings for all his hard work and effort over the years, and wished him well for the future.