Next level hockey clinic

By David Kavanagh | posted on September 13, 2019

ALBANY hockey fans will have a chance to train with some of the country’s top talent later this month when the Activ8 Hockey clinic sets up shop for a day in Centennial Park.

The six-hour intensive hockey session will be split up into three two-hour blocks and allow participants of various ages to develop their skills and receive immediate feedback.

Hockeyroos midfielder Georgia Wilson set up the program earlier this year as a unique training opportunity “for the players, by the players”.

“A lot of coaching services have coaches who are really knowledgeable but they aren’t currently playing at the international level,” she told the Weekender.

Ms Wilson said the idea for Activ8 Hockey came to her after reconstructive knee surgery kept her off the field for 14 months and gave her time to develop her coaching skills.

The 2019 Pro-League Silver medallist added a two-month stint coaching hockey in the Pilbara region exposed her to the need for player-led training avenues in regional areas.

English Import and 2018 Melville Toyota Premiership gold medallist Benjamin Wright and 2016 Rio Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jane Claxton will likely join Ms Wilson for the Albany clinic.

Ms Wilson said she expected around 60 to 80 participants for each training block and encouraged those with an interest to come along.

The Activ8 Hockey clinic will take place on Sunday, September 22 at the Lower Great Southern Hockey Association on Barker Road. Prospective participants can contact activ8hockey@thenourishedathete.com.au for more information.