Hockey India on Wednesday announced in an official media release that Matt Eyles has been appointed as the Scientific Advisor to the Indian Junior Men National team. Eyles aims to make the team physically and mentally fit ahead of the FIH Junior Men World Cup which will be held in New Delhi from 6-15 December.
Hockey India Secretary General Dr Narinder Batra said the appointment of Eyles is an important step towards ensuring that proper fitness levels are maintained by the players of the junior team with more tournaments to come.
"Our Junior Men team has performed well at the recently concluded Sultan of Johar Cup so I am sure Mr. Eyles will play a key role in the physical and mental fitness of our players, as they prepare for the major tournament," he said.
Eyles will be joining the team very shortly said was in eager anticipation of his experience with the boys.
"I am looking forward to working with the Indian team, there is a lot of potential there, and together the coaching staff will bring that potential out in each athlete."
Before being appointed to the Indian Junior Men Hockey team, Eyles had worked with the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (Australian Professional Rugby League Club) for almost two years as Strength and Conditioning Coach.
He completed Human Movement Degree at the University of Technology Sydney and then began working in the Sports Science Unit at the Sydney Academy of Sport, where he developed strength and conditioning programs that assisted athletes that are competing at a national and international level in sports such as swimming, surfing, rugby union and athletics.