Hockey Club - Semester 1 Report 2016-17
Saturday 28 January 2017
The 2016-17 season kicked off with a week of pre-season training that saw almost 90 students coming back to St Andrews early to take part in various sessions, including pitch sessions, and strength and conditioning. During the week the club also ran a UKCC Level Coaching course that enabled ten members of the club to gain qualifications that would allow them to develop their skills further throughout the year with either Junior Hockey or the University teams. Freshers’ Week was highly successful with large numbers of first year students turning up to try hockey throughout the six give-it-a-go sessions across the week. The club has continued to thrive and expand and now has over 220 members signed up this year.
2016 saw the first ever Saints Sixes Hockey tournament run with 19 teams and over 190 people attending the day and many spectators adding to the atmosphere. Overall an excellent day was had by all, with The Rule providing a BBQ at the venue for teams and spectators alike.
Saints Junior Hockey has continued to grow from strength to strength with the aid of Tilly Boa spearheading the project. We now have over 60 children attending regularly and have had “Bring Your Parent to Hockey” sessions as well as a Halloween session for the children. With the development of our Community Engagement projects we have now branched out to international volunteering and four students will be going to Stellenbosch, South Africa to coach hockey for five weeks next summer. This project will be run alongside football and rugby and will allow us to further develop our coaches.
The availability of more qualified coaches and the greater amount of support on offer from the Director of Hockey throughout the year has meant our on pitch training has developed significantly, and helped us to strengthen our teams further than ever. Our current crop of aspiring goalkeepers were very fortunate to have current Scotland International David Forrester run a goalkeeping workshop for them and Director of Hockey Jamie Carnegie has followed these up with more sessions to enhance the programme for all.
A year for firsts, this semester saw the development of mixed social hockey on Sunday evenings to give more individuals the chance to get out and enjoy the good weather while playing some social hockey. This allowed more social members and beginners to get the chance to learn in a friendly and less competitive environment.
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