Neil has coached children & young people in hockey for over 10 years showing long-term commitment to them .Has evidenced that he can inspire and lead children to get on well with their peers and enjoy the sport and its health giving benefits. He was made redundant in the recession and used his enforced free time to encourage young people to increase their skill in sport . He coached the East of Scotland under 16s &18s while taking his club from Division 2 to Division 1 in both indoor & outdoor hockey . He was awarded the Scottish Hockey Coach of the Year 2011 Award. He has shown young people that sport is not only healthy and great fun but that it can support you and give you a purpose in difficult times. His ability to use this time to encourage others is also an inspiration to other people who are redundant.He has now changed career from Chartered Surveyor to Full-time Hockey Coach.