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An introduction to Hockey Coaching and Umpiring

With Matt Taylor, MT13

This is a course for teachers who are new to teaching and umpiring school Hockey. It provides an overview of coaching techniques for individual player development, as well as tactical considerations for team play. The game has changed significantly in recent years, with new skills and strategies to accommodate rule changes. These will be carefully introduced and explained to ensure that novice coaches are confident that their session content is contemporary and stimulating. Basic rules and approaches to umpiring the game in school - at a range of abilities and ages - will be presented to equip teachers with the ability to officiate school matches. 


  • Introducing and developing core skills 
  • Pushing, slapping and hitting
  • Individual and team defence
  • 20 fun based training drills
  • Developing set piece skills: Long Corner and Self Pass
  • Basic penalty corner strategies
  • Small-sided games for skill development
  • Playing formations 


  • An overview of all major Rules 
  • Creating and applying advantage
  • Communication: whistle, signal and voice 
  • Umpiring the self pass
  • New rules at the Long Corner
  • Understanding the Penalty Corner


1 place £189 2 places £315 4 places £499

Course runs 10.00am – 3.30pm. Price includes lunch, refreshments and notes. Excludes VAT.


Matt Taylor, MT13
Matt Taylor

The most coveted coach in the National League. Matt took Cannock Ladies team, which including no other than England and GB Captain Hollie Webb, through 6 league promotions into the National Premier League between 2002-2009. Matt won 3 Premier Championships with Beeston HC, the only team at the time to win the league and play-offs in the same year. In addition to the club success Matt has also won BUCs Gold with the University of Nottingham 2015. He is an ex-England Senior International who is regarded as one of the top domestic hockey coaches and has helped produce over 30 junior internationals and 42 Senior Internationals have worked under Matt in the last 10 years; this included 14 players at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. 


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