We were extremely excited to host a hockey goalkeeping coaching camp, held by Maddie Hinch MBE, Olympian gold and bronze medallist field hockey goalkeeper.
Having recently returned from Tokyo, Maddie and her team of expert goalkeeping coaches offered a hockey masterclass, the last in their road trip tour of 2021 – offering children from the region, including pupils from the school, the chance to not only learn key goalkeeping skills, but to collaborate with other goalkeeping enthusiasts, learn more about the position and really hone their skills.
The masterclass took place throughout the day and into the evening, taking over 50 goalkeepers through their paces, focussing on different aspects of goalkeeping and taking pupils through various stations and drills. At lunchtime we were treated to a demonstration from Maddie of her own training drills – a chance to see an Olympic medallist in her element, and witness her passion and absolute skill, it was an absolute thrill.
The afternoon’s training began with the camp’s trademark ‘Coaches’ Cauldron’ which provided much entertainment for onlooking parents. For our own amazing goalies, Sam (Y8) and Bash (Y10) the day offered a very special experience, they thoroughly enjoyed the day, worked very hard, and learned so much. The day was topped off with an adult masterclass under the lights on the Astro pitch. A wonderful finale to not only the day, but to Maddie and her team’s road trip of MH1 coaches who gave their all to inspire not only the next generation of top goalkeepers but also the current one.