16 February 2018

Hockey ACT clinic to provide kids with opportunities to succeed and learn

| Lachlan Roberts
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Hockey clinic

Do you love hockey? Do you want the chance to meet and train with the best in the business?

If so, come along to the National Hockey Centre in Lyneham where Hockey ACT is hosting the first ever Australian Players Clinic this Saturday (February 17) at 12 pm.

The clinic has a great line-up of ex-Australian Olympic and representative players set to take to the field in hopes of sharing their hockey knowledge and experience with anyone who signs up and is keen to play.

Hockey ACT development officer Jesse Beeson said that the clinic plays a significant role in providing a great opportunity for hockey players in Canberra and surrounding regions.

“We have assembled a group of coaches with over 500 combined international caps for Australia, to come down to the National Hockey Centre in Lyneham and impart some wisdom and help young aspiring hockey players work on parts of their own game to help them improve,” Mr Beeson said.

Mr Beeson said that the clinic is just ‘another step’ that Hockey ACT is taking to provide players “with the best opportunities to succeed and learn”.

The clinic is designed to assist these youngsters to learn from and be coached by some of the ACT’s best hockey products. The large list of coaches includes big names such as Ben Bishop, Michael York, Peta MacKinnon, Ursula Sureda, and Anna Flanagan.

“The aim of this clinic is to really expose our players to a high quality of coaching and let [young players] see and hear from those who have reached the top level of the sport. It is a great opportunity to ask questions, get hints, and learn.”

The clinic definitely presents a rare opportunity to have some of the biggest names in Australian hockey come together in one place and help out younger players with their game.

Beeson said that the coaches are ‘experts’ with ‘much international experience’ who will be able to provide a variety of skills for eager participants to practice and learn, while also getting to see first-hand the rich history of the Australian representation that started in Canberra.

“It’s such a rare occasion to have so much international experience available at the one time to come down and help out, and the participant will literally get to learn from the experts on the day.”

The clinic is open to anyone and everyone of all hockey skill levels, so whether you are a beginner keen to meet the best of the best, or a junior ACT representative player wanting to pick up skills from the specialists, be sure to sign up by heading to the Hockey ACT website and filling out the form.

This is an event open to all ages from U11s to U18s and Hockey ACT encourages everyone to register and become a part of this once in a lifetime opportunity to not only work on hockey alongside some big names, but also to have fun playing hockey.

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