HOCKEY: Ex-England player takes clinic in Spalding

Former England player Matt Taylor (front, centre)among the many participants in Spalding Hockey Club's coaching camp.
Former England player Matt Taylor (front, centre)among the many participants in Spalding Hockey Club's coaching camp.

MORE than 50 young players from Spalding Hockey Club and other Lincolnshire clubs enjoyed two fantastic days of top-class coaching from former England player Matt Taylor and his team at Glen Park, Surfleet, on Thursday and Friday.

Taylor, who currently plays for Beeston in the top flight of the English Hockey and Euro Hockey Leagues, was assisted by other players with national league and international experience.

The youngsters relished the chance to have their shot speed registered by speed gun and the ball machine added greatly to many of the goalscoring skills activities.

In addition, the young players were taught many of the latest techniques used at international level as well as developing their basic skills.

The young players were buzzing by the end of the course and Taylor and his coaching team were delighted by the attitude and skills of the youngsters.

Prizes were awarded by Taylor for outstanding achievements:

• Most improved – James Mayhew (Spalding) who received a full MT13 Adidas playing strip.

• Sticks were awarded to Alex Canham (Long Sutton), James Scott (Spalding) and Catherine Plumb.

• Playing kit to Kate and Megan Murray (Alford) and Max Pearce (Spalding).

• Dates for next year’s Summer Clinic have been set for August 22 and 23.

• The club starts its new season of junior hockey coaching on Saturday (9.15am-10.45am) at Glen Park, Surfleet PE11 4DB.

The sessions are for boys and girls aged 5-14 and the club invites players of all abilities including complete beginners to join its current members.

Cost of the sessions is £3 per week or £30 for the 15-week programme until the Christmas break in mid December.

Players should wear suitable trainers and playing gear. Gumshields are optional and sticks can be provided if required.

The club plays in the Lincolnshire Mixed Leagues at under 12 and under 14 levels and also has regular friendly games within the Saturday morning programme with other local clubs.

Spalding is particularly keen to encourage potential goalkeepers to come forward and has the equipment for those that want to have a go.

• The club will be running a “Come and Try It” session for all potential hockey players within its Club Day at Surfleet on Saturday (11am-2pm).

Club chairman Fred Morris said: “It’s an ideal time for all former members to dust off their sticks and for newcomers to come and have a go at an exciting and family friendly sport.

“Players of all abilities will be made most welcome.”

For more information on any of the above, visit www.spaldinghockeyclub.co.uk or contact Fred by email at fredricmorris@yahoo.co.uk or phone 01775 724832