The aim of the Maribyrnong College Hockey Program is to develop a training schedule to assist elite Victorian junior hockey players in their pathway towards State and National representation.
To develop talented young hockey players through providing them with the technical skills and a game sense understanding that will lead to selection in State and National pathways. This will be delivered through:
"Best Practice" quality coaching
Providing a safe and productive learning environment
Dynamic training programs that are specific and individualized
To develop young people who can balance sporting and academic performance
The program boasts athletes that have been selected in Regional, Victorian and National pathways. Through liaising with their state coaches, the athletes have technical skill sessions designed specifically for the improvement of their individual needs, in order to provide them with the best opportunity of progressing within the state pathway.
Maribyrnong Sports Academy Hockey Pitch
Specialist Coaches and Staff
Andrew Smith,Technical teacher - Olympic Bronze Medalist, Former Australian representative, Level 2 Qualified Coach, Victorian Vikings Mens Assistant Coach, Maribyrnong Sports Academy coach
The program aims to develop skills within an integrated learning environment. The athletes are divided into three groups, determined by both age and skill level. These groups are designed to have the athletes training and competing against other athletes of similar skill level. The 'Development' group consists of the athletes in Yrs 7 and 8, and is largely focussed on developing the basic skills of hitting, pushing, trapping and dribbling. The 'Development Plus' group consists of those athletes that have progressed from the development group but still needing to continue to refine their basic skill level while learning the more complex skill sets. The 'Senior' group consists of the older and more advanced skilled athletes, and focuses on the learning and development of more complex skills, and decision making during mini games. One training session a week is dedicated to the 'playing games for understanding approach' for the entire academy group.