Discussing the idea of the program and the principles behind it, Collier said, “We designed the program around 3 core principles. Firstly, it needed to deliver an improvement in core skills across all age groups, secondly, it needed to educate the kids on the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle, and thirdly the kids needed to have loads of fun.”
“While there is a strong focus on the development of junior athletes, the real benefit of the program has been the improvement we’re seeing in the overall standard of our coaches. I think our members are now seeing coaching as a real learning opportunity, which is encouraging more people to get involved, giving me the confidence that we can sustain these results well into the future.”
Listing some of their key achievements from the program below, Ryde have reached significant targets.
Technology has played a crucial role in developing Ryde’s juniors, not only do they love it and enjoy it, Ryde have found their kids are more responsive to visual feedback than verbal.
“This year we implemented an initiative called the Skills Olympics, where we provided every junior athlete in the club with technical feedback and video of themselves performing 3 core skills. This provided us with valuable data on the effectiveness of our coaching program, and the kids absolutely loved it.”
“The technology is so cheap and easy to access. We’ve found the kids have been really responsive to the visual feedback.”
As a product of their junior program, Ryde’s hard work and dedication has paid off with home grown talent, Tom Craig recently called up for the Kookaburras Champions Trophy training squad.
Craig is currently based in Perth at the national team’s home base, training alongside some of the world’s best hockey players, coaches and support staff.
To find out more information about Ryde’s junior program, contact Ryde Hockey Club’s Director of Coaching Tim Collier via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article originally published on the Hockey Australia website at www.hockey.org.au