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Spalding Hockey Club puts future stars through their paces with help from ex-England player




Young prospects at Spalding Hockey Club took some tips from the top when an ex-England international dropped by to share some of his secrets.

Matt Taylor, capped 19 times for England and director of hockey at Nottingham University, was the special guest at Glen Park, Surfleet, on Thursday for a half-term junior camp.

About 40 of the club's talented juniors were taken through a series of training drills by Matt and a team of coaches from his MT13 programme.

Matt Taylor works with youngsters as part of Spalding Hockey Club's youth development programme at Glen Park, Surfleet.Photo by Adam Fairbrother.SG-190220-039AF.
Matt Taylor works with youngsters as part of Spalding Hockey Club's youth development programme at Glen Park, Surfleet.Photo by Adam Fairbrother.SG-190220-039AF.

The session was the first of five one-day camps this year, in addition to the annual summer which Taylor has run at the club for the last nine years.

Club coach Fred Morris said: "The camp was part of Spalding Hockey Club's youth development programme and youngsters who attended the session were put through their paces, with skill practices and match situations throughout the six-hour programme.

"Matt used GPS (Global Positioning System) trackers to monitor the players' movements during small-sided game scenarios, with information from this and other records to be used as a basis for assessing the progress of the players through the season.

"We are pleased that the club has now extended the opportunities for its talented teenagers to receive some great coaching by having a series of five one-day sessions throughout the year.

"Thursday's was the first of these, with Matt being assisted by junior England international players Maddie Pearce, Alice Huddlestone and Owen Williamson."

Spalding Hockey Club is expecting to welcome Taylor, a hockey coach for 20 years, back to Glen Park for the second of the five sessions during the Easter holiday for schools on Thursday, April 9, between 10am and 4pm.



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