SATURDAY, December 14 heralds a first for hockey and a first for the Borders when a national training squad come to Tweedbank for their training session.
The Scottish U16 girls Development squad (which includes four Borders players) will spend a day at Tweedbank, where they will work on their skills, learn about goal setting and play a match against a Borders Development squad.
They will be accompanied by their lead coach Pippa Bell and assistant Jamie Frail while Bill Robson, Scottish Hockey’s development officer, will also be in attendance. Janet Jack, Scottish Hockey performance coach, will deliver a skills session and then work with the girls through a presentation on goal setting and positive winning attitude.
The match against the Borders team will then allow the national coaches to run analysis and give valuable feedback. It will also give Jack the opportunity to work with her regional squad who have been training at Tweedbank twice weekly through November.
Alongside this, some of the region’s umpires will go through an assessment under the guidance of Maggie Connacher, Scottish Hockey’s lead umpire assessor.
There will also be a goalkeeper’s coaching academy session from noon-2pm giving Graham Stuart the opportunity to review the work he has been doing with the region’s keepers and watch some of them in action in the afternoon match.
PE teachers and coaches are invited to attend and observe any of the sessions being delivered, as well as watch some of Scottish Hockey’s young stars of the future being put through their paces.