Residential Camp

Summer 2022 Residential Hockey Camps

Sunday 7 - Friday 12 August

Advanced Camp for county academy hockey players and above, aged 13-18. To reserve a place please email liz@southgatehockeycentre.co.uk

Why Are Southgate Residential Camps Different?

We know there are a number of hockey camps out there, but here is why we believe ours is a little special!

Our residential camps are an all encompassing, hockey extravaganza designed for dedicated, driven and talented juniors who want to develop their tactical and technical games both on and off the field.

Whilst staying at our incredible facilities, you’ll be immersed in a program that delves into tactical knowledge of the game, challenges technical ability, explores physical and mental preparation for hockey and SO much more!

On departing at the end of the week you won’t just be technically better at hockey, you’ll have a MUCH better understanding of the game, the skills involved, how and when to use the most effectively as well as how to be mentally and physically prepared for our tough and demanding sport.

What's A Residential Camp Really Like?

We could tell you ALL about our camps and what they're like, but we figured we'd SHOW you instead!

The Coaching Team 2022

Our coaching staff is still being finalised for 2022, but here's a little info about our coaching staff so far.

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Kwan Brown at Southgate Hockey Centre, Trent Park, London, UK on 30 April 2022.
Photo by Simon Parker/SP Action Images
Aurora Mears

John Shaw – John is an ex-GB international, with 207 caps to his name. During his playing career John represented GB at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic games and also won a Silver medal with England at the 1986 World Cup. He enjoyed many seasons at Southgate Hockey Club as an integral part of the Mens 1st Team. As a coach John has worked with some if the top sides in the country, including Southgate Hockey Club Mens 1st Team, Oxford University Mens 1st Team and Oxford University Ladies 1st Team. John is also currently the Head Coach for the Southgate Hockey Club Junior section. John brings with him an incredible depth and breadth of knowledge and wealth of experience with high performance teams and players and is considered one of the top coaches in the country.

Matt McDonnell – An England Hockey Centrally Contracted Coach who has lead both boys and girls squads at HiPAC and Future Cup over the last few years,  and in 2016 was an England Hockey Coach Developer within the Saxon Tigers cluster. Matt has is also heavily involved with the junior coaching at Southgate Hockey Club, currently heading up our U14 girls teams. Matt previously was also Southgate Hockey Club’s Ladies 1st Team coach. Matt’s involvement at HiPAC and Futures Cup means he brings valuable insight into what the selectors are looking for and how to nest get it out of each player at our camps.

Kwan Browne – Kwan is Men’s 1s coach at Southgate HC. His international career has included playing more than 300 times across a 17 year career with Trinidad and Tobago, He was appointed as assistant coach to the England and GB senior men’s squad in September 2019.  Previously we was assistant coach for England’s U21s at the 2016 Junior World Cup and worked with the GB Elite Development Programme (EDP). Kwan has also enjoyed an illustrious domestic playing career in England with Hampstead & Westminster HC, East Grinstead and Canterbury HC. In Sept 2020 he was appointed as ‘Head of Hockey’ at Mill Hill school. Kwan joins the coaching team on Tuesday

Aurora Mears – Goalkeeping specialist⁠ – Aurora may already be familiar to you, as she is also the driving force behind ‘The Goalie Guide’, which naturally means she brings boundless enthusiasm for goalkeeping into every session that she delivers, as she firmly believes in a “hockey for all” approach in Performance Hockey Coaching.⁠  With more than 10 years of experience coaching goalkeepers at all levels; from junior club level to hockey camps and all the way up to GB Elite Development programme & England hockey trialists, Aurora’s energetic nature and passionate delivery ensures that goalkeepers not only improve, but also have a great time whilst doing so, whatever the training occasion.⁠ Aurora currently plays for Wimbledon Hockey Club in the National Premier League and is also part of the Hockey for Heroes squad, who do outstanding charity work throughout the UK by taking on extreme physical challenges to raise funds for Help for Heroes.⁠  Aurora joins the coaching team on Monday and Tuesday

"We would just like to thank you and the team for the fantastic hockey week our son has just completed. He has said what a fantastic time he’s had, learned lots and has been shown how to do things properly. I think this will make a big improvement to his season. He made some good friends. We as parents can’t thank you all enough."

Some Things You Might Want To Know

We Expect High Ability & High Expectations

This is a high level hockey camp. To apply you will have played county or regional hockey or have been nominated by your coach as being capable of training and playing at this level. We will be bringing together dedicated and talented players and we will expect the work rate and ability to be high.

 You’ll Get Quality Coaching

The player to coach ratio will be kept low (1:12) to ensure that all players benefit from individual attention. All coaches are fully insured, HA qualified and CRB checked.

We’ll Be Looking After You

A physiotherapist and first aider will be on site during the course. Staff will be on site at night, in tents along side you. And there is no point in working you hard if we do not feed you properly. Our kitchens will be providing a range of nutritionally balanced meals to keep you in top form during the week (There will also be a snack shop in case you are still hungry).

You’ll Get A Welcome BBQ

Welcome BBQ for players and parents. We know many of you will have travelled a long way and so we open the camp with a welcome BBQ where parents and players will be able to relax after their journey, see the facilities and chat to coaches. We will also use this time to ensure that all the administration, form filling etc is completed.

Where Do Players Stay?

Obviously one of the key ingredients to any residential experience is accommodation, and we know you've got questions about that for this camp, here's the stuff you most likely want to know!

Each player will be allocated a space in a 6-8 person tent (boys with boys, girls with girls) of a similar age.

Tents are located on the fields next to the pitches (60 second walk to the clubhouse), and encased in fencing for added security.

There is 1 night coach per 12 players, who will be camping in the fenced area alongside the player’s tents, to allow access to the clubhouse at all times and in case of any emergencies during the night.

What Does A Typical Camp Day Look Like?

Because we often get asked, we'd thought we'd give you an idea of how we like to run our camps.

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  • 14:00      Welcome BBQ – where the players and parents get to meet and mingle with each other and meet the Camp staff.
  • 15:30      Accommodation – the players are shown where they will be staying for the week and introduced (if they haven’t been already) to their tent mates.
  • 16:00      Pitch – The first of many sessions out on the pitch where players will get their first taste of what’s to come over the week and a chance for our coaches to get to grips with each player and their specific needs.
  • 18:00      Shower – Players freshen up and ready themselves for their first evening on camp.
  • 19:00      Dinner & free time – does exactly what it says on the tin!
  • 22:00      In tents – All campers in their tents ready to rest up for the first full day of training.
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  • 08:00      Breakfast – Start the day off with a fully prepared breakfast giving you all the fuel you need to get you through the morning.
  • 09:30      Pitch – Players get onto the pitch and go through the morning training session, typically focussing on basic skills and situations dependant skills.
  • 12:30      Lunch and rest – recharge from the mornings training with a nutritious and delicious meal prepared on site.
  • 14:00      Pitch – Back out onto the pitch for the afternoon training session, typically focussing on game like scenarios and game play.
  • 17:00      Shower & free time – Refresh and relax before the evening meal.
  • 18:00      Dinner – Another freshly prepared meal to replenish all the nutrients you would have used up throughout the day of training.
  • 19:00      Activity and free time – Relax and unwind with a variety of activities including pool, table football and connect 4 tournaments or watch some of the summer matches being played at the club.
  • 22:00      In tents – Hit the tents to get some shut eye to ready yourself for the next action packed day!
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  • 08:00      Breakfast – Start the day off with a fully prepared breakfast giving you all the fuel you need to get you through the morning. Wednesday run a little different to any other day, in that we like to give the players a break from hockey and into something different to let them blow off some steam. Last year saw the campers take a trip to our local TeamSport Karting Venue to put their speed to the test! Previous years have seen us take trips to Go Ape (located in Trent Park) and to Trent Park Golf Club driving range. Timings and activities can differ from year to year, you’ll receive more information about this years activities in your information pack closer to your camp.
  • 18:00      Dinner – Another freshly prepared meal to replenish all the nutrients you would have used up throughout the day of activities.
  • 19:00      Activity and free time – Relax and unwind with a variety of activities including pool, table football and connect 4 tournaments or watch some of the summer matches being played at the club.
  • 22:00      In tents – Hit the tents to get some shut eye to ready yourself for the next action packed day!
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  • 08:00      Breakfast – Start the day off with a fully prepared breakfast giving you all the fuel you need to get you through the morning.
  • 09:00      Pitch – Competition time.  Some of the skills learnt and practiced during the week are chosen for a series of individual and teams competitions.
  • 12:00      Lunch and rest – recharge from the mornings training with a nutritious and delicious meal prepared on site.
  • 13:00     Pitch – Back out onto the pitch for competition games
  • 14:15     Shower, change, tidy up and pack up
  • 15:00      Awards Ceremony – Various awards are presented for achievements both on and off the pitch.
  • 15:30      Camp Closes – Campers say goodbye to the coaches and staff at the club, taking with them a whole host of new and improved skills, ideas and tactics for their hockey, some new friends and a load of great memories!

What's The Cost Of The Camp?

£450

(Early bird bookings before 30 April 2022 are £425.00)

Payment is by bank transfer. Details of payment will be provided once your application has been submitted.

What's Included?

Top quality coaching all week

Exclusive use of the pitch during camp hours (we still have games and training sessions during the evenings)

All equipment, balls, bibs, cones, rebound boards etc

All meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner, which will be taken in the club house or in the BBQ area alongside.

All activities (and transport if required) on the Wednesday

Qualified first aid and Physiotherapist on site each day

24/7 Supervision

Camp T-shirts

An unforgettable experience!

For more information and to reserve a place please contact liz@southgatehockeycentre.co.uk

To reserve a place and receive booking details, please complete the form below.