Hockey clinics to help hone skills
THE coming week will see more than 120 young, talented hockey players engaged in a range of clinics and camps under the leadership and tuition of Olympian and 300 Test Australian Kookaburra captain and player, Brent Livermore
Livermore has adopted a model from the Gold Coast Academy which aims to add value to a player's potential.
On Sunday, three coaching clinics will be held at the water-based field.
The Tier 1 clinic is for the Grafton academy players, to hone their skills prior to the academy games. Eighteen Grafton athletes are members of the North Coast Academy of Sport Hockey program who travel away the second week of the Easter holidays for the games.
The 30-plus Grafton academy squad of boys and girls will meet at 2.30-4-30pm to prepare for the coming representative season.
Many of the academy players have been attending specialist 6am training for a number of weeks.
Three Grafton players have already been selected in the NSW training squad, showing the results of their hard-work and dedication.
This will be the second clinic of the group after the successful Gold Coast Challenge last November.
For club and beginners Livermore will ensure the basics of the game are covered so every young player is being taught the correct skills.
The club/beginners clinic will be for two hours from 11.30am-1.30pm.
Livermore will run a specialist goalies clinic from 4.30-6.30pm.
This will be geared to all levels of goalkeepers – from beginners to experienced.
Livermore has a wide range of drills and skills that will make a goalie more complete in the goal-circle.
The cost of both clinics is $25 and forms can be filled out on the day.
More than 60 athletes will then congregate over the first four days of the Easter school break.
On Monday and Tuesday, the 13/14 age group will be covered, while on Wednesday and Thursday it will be the turn of the 15-17 age group.
All athletes will sleep the middle night in the bunkhouse for what is dubbed the Easter ‘Rising Star' Camp.
Players are representative of Far North Coast, Coffs Harbour and Grafton hockey associations.