HOCKEY: 60 youngsters benefit from top coaching

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Spalding Hockey Club’s first International Summer Camp proved to be an outstanding success.

Sixty young players aged 10 to 18 from Spalding and other Lincolnshire clubs enjoyed intensive high quality coaching over the two days from ex-England international Matt Taylor and his team.

It was held at Glen Park in Surfleet last Thursday and Friday.

Taylor, who plays for Beeston who are at the top end of the English Hockey League, was joined by goalkeeping coach Ashley Watson, from National League Doncaster, and current England and Great Britain Under-21 players Hollie Webb, Jo Hunter and Martin Scanlon, who all play their domestic hockey at Beeston.

Despite the atrocious weather, particularly on Friday afternoon, the young players worked extremely hard and found the course extremely enjoyable and rewarding. Taylor and his team were impressed by the attitude of the youngsters and he added that there were some extremely talented children present who were very coachable.

The coaching team presented prizes to those who they considered had made the most progress over the two days.

The goalkeeping award went to Luke Barkworth (Spalding) and the outfield players awards to Tamika Providence, Peter Smith and Robert Dalton (all Spalding).

The major award, a set of Taylor’s own brand of playing kit, went to the individual who the coaches considered had made the biggest contribution to the course overall and this also went to a Spalding Hockey Club player, 12-year-old Samuel Sly.

Such was the outstanding success of the course that provisional dates of Thursday and Friday, August 23 and 24 have been pencilled in for a summer camp at Surfleet next year.

l Spalding Hockey Club’s junior coaching sessions restart on Saturday.

They will be held at Glen Park, Surfleet, every Saturday (9.30am-11am) through to Christmas and beyond.

Cost is £3 per session or £25 for the 15 -week programme through to the Christmas break.

l The club has teams entered in the Lincolnshire Leagues at under-12 and under-14 level and friendly tournaments with local clubs are also planned for Sundays during the season.

The coaching sessions are open to boys and girls aged 5 to 15 and the club will welcome newcomers of all abilities to join the existing young players.

l Further information available at or from chairman Fred Morris on email or by calling 01775 724832.