Saturday the 14th October saw players from all 3 of our teams, take part in our first off ice camp of the season at Everyone Active Hart Leisure Centre in Fleet, Hampshire:
The club has joined forces with Everyone Active to provide our players with access to their amazing facilities and coaches. The centre recently opened in April following a £23 million investment. We cannot thank Everyone Active enough for this amazing opportunity. It is going to be vital in our plans to keep our club continuously moving forward.
Luke Charlton Contract manager for Everyone Active Hart Leisure Centre says “ We are very honoured and proud to be in partnership with such a fantastic women’s club, who over many years have been extremely successful and lead the way in women’s hockey in this country”
This is the first partnership of its’s kind for the club. A move and partnership we are very excited about.
Saturday saw the girls undertake a session with Alan Lott. Alan is a very experienced Athletics Coach with an incredible amount of knowledge. Alan spent the session working with the girls on their running technique and how to improve it. Alan took the girls through a series of drills focusing on movement and agility. Whilst it was a good workout and very educational for the girls. They all really enjoyed the session and would even consider running again. Alan was fantastic with the girls and we thank him for his time and for passing on his knowledge. We look forward to working with him again.
Ellie Wakeling - Ice Bees & Queen Bees "The day has been useful and I feel I now know how to be more flexible which will improve my game and recovery. The sprint session were different to what I have learnt before, I found it very beneficial and it was good they added in movement of shooting as well."
Karen Tulley - Fire Bees "I did not know what to expect before coming but found it really enjoyable and beneficial. I will take away what I have learnt and will be doing it at home."
Later on in the afternoon the girls undertook a session with Sue Lott. The main aim for our club this season is to educate the girls on how to be in tune with their own bodies and to understand how movement/mobility is fundamentally one of the most important aspects of being an athlete.
We have been very fortunate to be able to have Sue on board with us. Her knowledge and experience is going to be vital for our club and players. Sue brings a very unique approach to movement and flexibility by using 3 key principles.
1.) To improve kinaestic awareness by working with diversity and subtle perception.
2.) To encourage simple self helps methods which, used regularly, make connective tissue more pliable.
3.) To improve execution and efficiency by strengthening posture and joint stability.
The players all engaged in this session which was completely out of their comfort zone. However they all took on board the important lessons learnt in this session and will be using the new techniques they learnt on a day to day basis. We thank Sue for being able to highlight the key areas the girls need to work on as individuals and for spending the time with them. The girls all really enjoyed the session and look forward to moving better and becoming better athletes.
Lauren Summers - Queen Bees Captain "It's great to see all of the girls taking hockey more seriously. I think we all have learnt a lot and it will help move the club forward."
Natz Aldridge - Coach "I think its great that such a big organisation is willing to sponsor us and help move us forward. The club has been very successful for many years now with the hard work of Paul and Lyn and now this is just another stepping stone to help making our club more professional which will hopefully help develop the level of hockey in the country.
I would like to thank Chrissy Newman for setting this opportunity up. The girls all loved it and are looking forward to the next one."
The first camp was a complete success and we achieved our main objective of educating the girls on the importance of movement and mobility. We look forward to bringing the girls back to Everyone Active for our next camp.
Updated 14:09 - 16 Oct 2017 by Rachel Cartwright