Obituary: Trevor Clarke

England Hockey is sad to announce the death of the former Hockey Association Director of Coaching, Trevor Clarke.  

Trevor's funeral will be held on Monday 23 October at 12.15pm at Worcester Crematorium, Tintern Avenue, Worcester, WR3 8HA. Further details will be made available when know.

Trevor, who was 83, was involved in hockey for over 50 years and is best known for his work in coach education.

Educated at Worcester Grammar School, Trevor returned to the city after National Service in the RAF and trained as a teacher at Worcester College of HE. He taught at Nunnery Wood School, primarily as a woodwork teacher, and played for Worcester Hockey Club. 

During the late 1960s he became involved with the coaching of Worcestershire and Midlands schoolboys graduating to senior teams and becoming Midlands HA Chief Coach in 1972

A change of direction saw Trevor move to Nottingham to take up a role with Speedo before returning to Worcester in 1977, working as the Hockey Association Deputy Director of Coaching. Trevor had a brief spell as England men’s team coach including a memorable tour of India in late 1977 and the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.

Working with a network of Regional HA Coaching committees, Trevor oversaw a comprehensive coach education programme, with thousands of coaches qualifying for Hockey Association coaching awards during his time there. The highlight of the programme was the summer residential activity at Lilleshall NSC where Trevor would head up week-long courses, with many current and past EHL and England age group teams coaches being inspired by these.   

Trevor made coaching something hockey people wanted to be involved in and foster a great camaraderie for those involved.    

He was also heavily involved in the then Boys’ England Schools HA programme for young players. A number of the 1988 Great Britain gold medal squad came up through the England U16 and U18 sides of the late seventies and early eighties.

In 1985 Trevor took over from John Cadman as HA Director of Coaching but a year later took up an opportunity to oversee hockey coaching in Canada, coaching their men’s national squad in the 1988 Olympics for which they qualified after defeating Argentina in the Pan American Cup Final in Indianapolis earlier that year. 

Returning to England in 1989 Trevor again worked in coach education in the sport as well as coaching Bournville, Olton & West Warwicks and Birmingham University.     

When illness meant a reduction in his coaching output Trevor turned to match officiating in the EHL in the mid-2000s. He was passionate about sport; a lifelong Birmingham City fan, a very good cricketer in Worcester in his younger days and a keen golfer well into his 70s.  

Until recently he remained a regular at Worcestershire CCC home matches along with his wife Barbara who had worked with him at the Hockey Association and had always supported Trevor with his hockey commitments and was well known to everyone in the hockey community. Barbara sadly is unwell at present.  

Our condolences go to Barbara and son and daughter, Nick and Sarah.

Trevor was a kind and loyal colleague who was passionate about hockey. There will be hundreds of players and coaches from the 1970s onwards who he coached who will mourn the loss of T.H.E. Clarke.