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Hockey Teams Prepare at Wellington Camp

 crista cullen training60 Stamford High School staff and students travelled down to Wellington College in Berkshire for the annual 5 day pre-season hockey camp, led alongside Dukes Sports Travel. The main aim of the camp is to prepare the U14, U15 and senior squads fit both mentally and physically for an increasingly challenging hockey season ahead. Olympic bronze medallist, Crista Cullen, was the camp mentor heading up the training; she was supported by a team of 5 international coaches and players from dominant hockey nations, GB, Wales and South Africa who put the girls through their paces.

The SHS squads underwent fitness tests, drills in ball carrying, passing, shooting, defending, short corner and match practice. Aside from this, the packed itinerary also consisted of zumba, stretch and flex sessions, video analysis and nutrition seminars as well as an Olympic presentation with one of the worlds’ best players, Crista Cullen. As all effective pre-season programmes should, there was no stone left unturned in the preparations for the start of the season with our first matches this weekend. As the fitness tests at the end of the camp testified, 76% of the girls improved on their skills and fitness over the 5 days of training- a phenomenal result. The girls left the camp utterly exhausted yet buzzing for the 2013 hockey season; after having a team of so many inspirational coaches working to improve their hockey.

Lucy Hornby, Head of Hockey at the High School, said: “The pre-season camp is now an annual and essential event in the SHS Hockey calendar. The names on the list of coaches are always impressive and the girls respond superbly to the top class coaching which they receive. It’s an exciting time for the development of Hockey at SHS and the girls are now raring to go for the first of our block fixtures this Saturday.”

To read the blog from the pre-season camp please click here.