Project Description

Performance Hockey Courses

These intensive courses are aimed at ambitious girls & boys at a variety of playing levels, from beginners, to those who are 1st XI school and club players, right up to county players and those who are on the fringe of regional and JRPC selection.

The courses are run with an excellent balance of fun and hard work, whilst improving individual core skills and match play.

We do not run these courses every holiday, please view our online booking system to see what courses we are offering during the upcoming Holiday Club.

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Girls & Boys Hockey courses

Course outline

The courses will be delivered by our Director of Hockey, Adam Dixon, assisted by his team of fantastic coaches.

Playing Experience:
  • Former England and Great Britain Hockey Captain
  • Competed in the 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • Competed in the 2016 and 2020 Olympics
  • Over 240 international caps

The courses will include:

  • Attacking play
  • Defensive play
  • Speed Agility Quickness (SAQ) techniques and training
  • Match situations
  • Advanced stick work

Course age/ability groups

Players will be split into specific groups (age and/or ability) at the start of the course. Coaching within these groups is delivered by experienced hockey coaches, on approximately a 1:10 basis, ensuring quality training is received by each attendee. Based on the experiences of the Head Coach throughout the course sessions, players may be moved between age/ability groups depending on their improvement and abilities throughout the course, and numbers attending.

All groups will be nurtured in a positive and creative environment, ensuring all boys & girls reach their maximum potential. Players will work on all aspects of their game and will be introduced to drills and skills used by top-class players, with tactical play developed to National League standard. The aim of the courses are to fully develop each player from day 1, helping them to achieve their maximum playing potential.


Coaching will take place at the Clifton College Sports Ground in Abbots Leigh, a regular venue for county tournaments, with registration at the Sports Ground each day.

The players will also get to experience the different playing surfaces with training on the International standard water based pitch.

Coaching will take place in all-weather conditions, with the main pavilion being used for drying off and warming-up when the weather gets too extreme!

Clifton College Water Based Hockey Pitch Ceremony 4-3-11

Course Information

  • matches and match situation practice (weather permitting)
  • course tailored towards the enjoyment & improvement of each individual player
  • fun learning environment allows players of all abilities to develop their skills
  • coaches all qualified & DBS checked, with First Aid qualified staff on site
  • individual specialist coaching
  • short term and long term goal setting with the longevity to improve the player
  • coaching taking place at the Clifton College Sports Ground at Abbots Leigh, with it's fantastic water-based astroturf pitch

Kit requirements

Clothing for the course should include t-shirt & jumper, tracksuit and trainers (astroturf trainers can be worn). Warm wet-weather gear should also be brought along. Mouthguards and shinpads are ESSENTIAL for this course. Players should bring hockey sticks if they have them, but we will have a few available to lend to those attendees without. There is no need for participants to bring any valuables for these courses, although a mobile phone may be brought and left with staff during the day.

Meal arrangements

Packed lunches will be provided each day at the Sports Ground, please inform us of any special dietary requirements in advance. Participants should bring water bottles to fill up during the day.


Don't delay, places go fast so secure your booking today!