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SA hockey icons to mentor young players at the Investec Hockey Academy

By in Sport, Leisure on February 26, 2016

Young hockey players and coaches from the Western Cape can look forward to meeting and working closely with some of SA Hockey’s best former and current, players and coaches on Saturday, 5 and Sunday, 6 March at SACS.

The Investec Hockey Academy aims to provide the best coaching available for young female hockey players in SA. The academy offers courses for school-going players at different levels, providing them with the opportunity to work closely with an impressive line-up of coaches and players, including a number of former World Cup, Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and All Africa Games players.

The coaches featured at the academy are leading goal scorer in women’s international hockey Pietie Coetzee-Turner, SA u21 Women’s Hockey coach Lindsey Wright, double Olympians Shelley Russell and Lloyd Madsen, former SA Women’s Hockey player Roxy Coetzee Turner and Irish player Matt Guise-Brown.

Behind the scenes training is also a feature of the Investec Hockey Academy and specialists Marc Booysen (Vision and Reaction Training specialist), Karen Turner (Sports Psychologist) and former Lions and Sharks Physiotherapist Ruan Fourie will be sharing their expertise with players and coaches.

“By creating a platform where passionate hockey players can learn and improve their skill by being exposed to diverse and top-level coaching personnel, we hope to create an environment where young players can grow their games,” says SA Women’s Hockey player and general manager of the Investec Hockey Academy Shelley Russell.

The two day courses are more than physical skills training, they allow for personal development through a comprehensive look at current international tactical and technical trends used by professionals, providing an understanding of what it takes to play at the highest level.

The academy offers courses for players at all levels; a Fundamental Players course (aged 8 to 12), an Intermediate Players course (aged 13 to 15), an Advanced Players course (aged 16 to 18) and a Coaches course (all levels).

“The courses we offer work on creating a dynamic well-rounded athlete. Very important aspects such as mental toughness, functional ability, vision training, fitness, nutrition, recovery techniques and athlete education in general are addressed at the academy. These aspects are vital in one’s sporting development,” emphasised Russell.

While the Investec Hockey Academy is a platform for aspiring professional hockey players to be noticed and trained, it is also a platform for female hockey players at all levels to improve their skills and share the camaraderie.

“Although we try to identify and nurture future hockey stars through the program, we are by no means an elitist programme, and any female players with a desire to improve their hockey expertise are welcome at the Investec Hockey Academy,” says Russell.

The Investec Hockey Academy’s next course will take place on 5 and 6 March at the SACS in Cape Town. To book contact Bernadine on 031 940 5565 or visit www.investechockeyacademy.com