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About Us


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About Us


About Us

 

Skoolsports Hockey Camps: Quality and Experience


Skoolsports aims to create a quality learning environment which generates a willingness for athletes to learn and practise the skills and techniques required to improve their hockey abilities. Our camps are designed with a fun element at their core as we believe this creates the best environment for young players to improve and learn. Our coaches to participant ratio is 1:8 as we strive to ensure all children are provided with equal attention to ensure their Skoolsports experience is an enjoyable one and provides them with the incentive to continue to develop in the future.


Internationally known hockey players


We are in the unique position to have access to the top players and coaches in Scotland and Great Britain. Many of the coaches at our camps have played at the top level in not only the Scottish but the English, Dutch, Spanish, South African and Australian leagues.


International players availability at camps is dependent upon International training and match programs.


Professional Coaches


Experienced and qualified coaches run our hockey camps and between them they have coached players aged 5 – 21 in a variety of countries around the world. Our senior coaches are recognised as qualified coaches by the Scottish Hockey Union and all staff members have been checked through Disclosure Scotland.


Included in the programme


Intensive coaching camps which include skills sessions focusing on all the key areas of the game, competitions, games and question and answer sessions with current hockey internationals. Prizes will be awarded throughout the camp to players and there will be a prize giving at the end of the week to the most improved players and the winners of games and skills sessions. As a participant at a camp you also have the opportunity to purchase Skoolsports clothing and use the special discounts available to you on our sponsors clothing and stick ranges.


Hockey Tours


Skoolsports offer hockey tours to suit your requirements with tailor made packages for Schools, Universities and Clubs. With our extensive worldwide contact system we can deliver tours to locations throughout the world and arrange games against opposition that is of a similar standard.

Skoolsports will deal with flights, accommodation, transportation, in-resort representation, fixtures, excursions and much more. We can cater for a variety of destinations, from the traditional hockey hotspots Holland & Spain to eastern European hockey tours featuring Prague, Poznan & Bratislava. Of course, if your budgets are a little higher we can prepare tours to far flung areas such as the Caribbean, South Africa, Canada or Australia / New Zealand.


We would be delighted to provide a quote for your next hockey tour, please email tours@skoolsports.org

Coach Development


Skoolsports coaches have experience of developing coaching structures within Clubs and Schools covering age specific skill development, training exercises and tactical development. We can offer Clubs, Universities and Schools in-service classes to develop club members/teachers understanding of the game and provide information which will ensure coaches will maximise their time with their players. For further information on Coach development opportunities or to discuss a bespoke plan for your Club/School please email coaches@skoolsports.org


“exceptional standard of coaching” Parent, October '11
 
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FAQ


FAQ

FAQ


FAQ

 

Here we have a list of FAQ's. If there are any other questions you would like answered please contact us.

What age groups do the Camps provide for?

We have run camps for all ages and typically we split the ages into P1-P3 (Early bird), P4-P7 (Junior) and - S1-S6 (Senior).

What times do the Camps start and finish?

Most of our camps run from 10.00am - 4.00pm on each day. However, some may be different so please look up the camp details on the website.

Can I drop my children off early in the morning as I have to get to work?

Yes, participants may be dropped off early but please let us know before so we can ensure that a coach is at the camp location to meet you.

Do I have to go for the full number of days at the camp?

No, however we encourage full attendance as the camp aims to develop skills and techniques over the week. In addition we plan games and competitions throughout the week. We appreciate that some people will not be able to attend all the days so if you can't make all the days of the camp please contact us as we will be able to offer a discount from the full price.

Do I need to have any previous hockey experience?

No, we cater for all ages and abilities. Groups will be established in the first morning to ensure all children of similar abilities will be grouped together and therefore get the most out of the sessions.

How do I book a place?

Please send in the application form to us along with your payment. The forms are available from the camps page on the website.

What do we need to bring?

Every child needs to bring their own packed lunch, a hockey stick, mouth guard, shinguard's, warm outdoor clothing as well as indoor and outdoor footwear.

Clothing/bad weather?

We look to continue training outdoors in all conditions so please ensure you bring appropriate clothing for the conditions each day. If the weather is really bad we will use indoor facilities as available.

Are there going to be any more camps in different locations?

We are expanding our camps to other locations this year so if you think we should run a camp at another time in the year or in your area if there isn't one then let us know.

Is the amount refundable if I cant make it?

Yes - all amounts are refundable if you are unable to attend the camp.

Who will be coaching at the camps?

We have qualified coaches who play international hockey for their countries working at our camps leading the coaching at our camps. We look to provide enough coaches at each camp so that the ratio is 8 children per coach. This ensures that every child gets individual coaching throughout the week and also helps to control the children effectively.

Is Skoolsports qualified to look after children safely?

All our sessions are designed to be as safe as possible and all steps are taken to ensure the chances of injuries are kept to a minimum. In the event of injuries we have coaches who are first aid qualified. We also work closely with the sports centres we use to ensure the safety and well-being of the children is a top priority. In addition all coaches are registered with Disclosure Scotland and many are teachers at local schools. Skoolsports run Child Protection courses for its staff on a yearly basis.

 
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Staff


Staff

Staff


Staff

Colin Clarke
Managing Director & Technical Director

Colin is the co-founder of Skoolsports and has an extensive coaching history,
Colin is Great Britain U23 Women's Head Coach and England U21 Women's Coach, he coached the squad at the 2016 Junior World Cup in Chile. Prior to that he was Assistant Coach to Scotland Senior Women's squad from 2011-2015 which included two European Championships and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Colin played for Lisnagarvey from an early age and when he moved to Edinburgh he joined Grange HC, when he retired he began coaching the same squad to Scottish titles, cup and 3 ventures into the EHL.
Colin is a Level 4 coach (PG Dip Elite Coaching) and is one of a small number of Great Britain coaches with this coaching qualification.

 

Rob Barr
Managing Director

Rob is the co-founder of Skoolsports and has been playing hockey since he was 10. He has experience of playing at various levels having played for all the top 3 teams at The Grange and has been involved with coaching the junior members of the club. While playing for Edinburgh University in Scotland division 1, Rob was also selected to represent the Scottish Universities in 1999 (Loughborough) and in 2000 (Birmingham) for the British University Games. In 2006 he was selected for the full Scotland squad and has been a regular member of the team since enjoying tours to South Africa, Portugal, Poland and Russia in 2007.

Keith Smith
Camp Director

Keith has worked at Skoolsports camps since 2011 and is the current Scotland U18 Women's Head Coach, and has also been a Performance Coach for Scottish Hockey with both the U16/18 Men & Women since 2013. He is Ladies Head Coach at Watsonian HC as well as Head of Youth Development for the club, where he is responsible for the development of more than 550 junior members and 40 coaches.

JENNA McQueen
Camp Director

Jenna has been coaching at Skoolsports Northern Ireland camps since 2011 and became Head Coach in 2014. Jenna began playing hockey from a young age, she represented Ulster at both U16 and U18 level, played for Durham University during her time in England and now captains Lisnagarvey Ladies 1st XI in the premier league. As well as playing, Jenna has a passion for coaching which started during her time at school. She holds her level 1 coaching certificate and has coached a number of school teams, Durham University College team and Lisnagarvey Youth U13 Team. Jenna's passion for coaching originates from her teaching background and desire to work with young people.