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An introduction to Hockey Coaching and Umpiring

With Matt Taylor, MT13

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    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

    Matt Taylor

    One of the most coveted coaches in the UK. Matt took Cannock Ladies team, which includes no other than England and GB Captain Hollie Webb, through 6 league promotions into the National Premier League between 2002-2009. Matt then went on to win 2 league titles with Beeston ladies before moving across to the men (Beeston HC) where he won 3 Premier League Championships, the only team at that time to win the league and play-offs in the same year. The club also reached KO8 of the EHL in 2013, narrowly losing to Bloemendaal HC the competitions eventual winners that season. In addition to his 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, having helped produce over 30 junior internationals and 42 Senior Internationals who have worked under Matt in the last 10 years, of which included 14 players at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. As well as running his own successful coaching company - MT13, Matt is the Director of Hockey at Nottingham University. His company has been running successful camps and courses for over 12 years and he has an ever-growing reputation for delivering innovative coaching to Clubs and Schools including Repton, Ratcliffe, Nottingham High School, Nottingham Girls High School, Oakham, Rugby and Bloxham School. Most recently Matt has headed up a new initiative to work alongside a number of US Colleges to facilitate the placement of elite players into the collegiate hockey system.

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