Hockey: Academy in Australia

4-13 Weeks


The Sport Lived Hockey Academy gives you the chance to play and train in Melbourne or Brisbane. Our course provides the ultimate hockey experience: you’ll receive elite coaching and have access to outstanding training facilities.

Recommended for:

  • Working intensively on your game
  • Meeting friends through club and academy
  • Training alongside elite players & coaches
  • Time to travel before/after your programme

At a glance:

  • Regular hockey training and matches
  • Access to world class hockey facilities
  • Receive tuition from elite coaching staff
  • Shared city centre accommodation

Sporting adventures

Our hockey academy programmes in Melbourne run for 6 or 13 weeks between April and July and in Brisbane for 4 weeks during July and August. Whilst on the programme, you’ll train at the academy during the week and play matches for a local hockey club at the weekends. It’s a great choice if you want to improve your hockey skills and receive intensive, quality coaching. 

Your Coaching Team

Please find below profiles of the academy coaching staff.

N.B. Coaches may change from programme to programme depending on their availability.  We also appoint specialist coaches to take training sessions based on the requirements of the players attending the academy. 

Jessie McCartney

Coaching Qualifications & Experience

  • Hockey Australia Level 2 Coach
  • Hockey Victoria Central Flames Development Head Coach
  • Coach at Powerhouse & St Kilda Hockey Club (Premier League Hockey)
  • Assistant Coach of St Kevin’s College First XI Hockey Team
  • Guest Coach at Bloemendaal Hockey Club, Netherlands

Tim Strapp

Coaching Qualifications & Experience

  • Current Head Coach of the Victoria Senior Women’s Team
  • Exercise Science Degree
  • Masters in Sports Coaching
  • Extensive experience in strength & conditioning and athlete development
  • Head Coach of Powerhouse & St Kilda Hockey Club (Premier League Hockey)

Graeme Chittenden

Coaching Qualifications & Experience

  • Former Head Coach of the Victoria Senior Women’s Team
  • Head Coach  of Monash University Hockey Club
  • Victorian State Player - indoor & outdoor

Toni Reinikainen

Coaching Qualifications & Experience

  • Accredited Sport Scientist with Exercise & Sports Science Australia
  • Strength and conditioning coach at TDR Fitness
  • 10 years experience working as a strength & conditioning coach across a range of sports

Your Coaching Team

Please find below profiles of the academy coaching staff.

N.B. Coaches may change from programme to programme depending on their availability.  We also appoint specialist coaches to take training sessions based on the requirements of the players attending the academy. 

Mick Evans

  • Hockey Australia Level 3 Coach
  • Australia U21s Assistant Coach (2013 - Present)
  • Queensland U21 Men's Coach (2011 - Present)
  • Brisbane Hockey Association Regional Coaching Director (2009 - Present)


We have assembled a quality coaching team to deliver each element of the academy programme. You’ll receive tuition from leading coaches, sports psychologists and fitness experts, who will analyse and develop every area of your game. The coaching at the academy will focus on:

Hockey Skills
You’ll spend time working on drills aimed at improving fundamental skills and promoting technical excellence.

Physical development
You’ll have specialist sessions focusing on all aspects of the physical performance including strength, power, speed, agility and endurance.

Psychological conditioning
A key area for player progress, you’ll work on mental skill development. Coaches will work with you on goal setting, overcoming negative thinking, pre-game preparation, visualisation, etc.

Athlete education
Academy students learn about wider aspects of organisation, sport and hockey. You’ll undertake lessons in diet and nutrition, injury prevention, tactical and decision-making development and time management.


In addition to training at the academy, you’ll join a local hockey club where you’ll attend mid-week training sessions and play matches at the weekends. 

Playing for a local club will enable you to put the academy coaching into practice in weekly competitive matches. It also enables you to integrate into the community, meet new people and make new friends.


Most academy sessions are held at Melbourne’s State Hockey Centre and at a hockey club in Melbourne that is close to the centre of Melbourne. Pilates and other fitness sessions are held at one of Melbourne’s best gyms. 

At a glance:

  • 2 water-based hockey pitches
  • Gym and fitness centre
  • Seminar rooms
  • Video analysis equipment 

What to expect

When you arrive at the academy a thorough assessment will be made of your strengths and weaknesses. This assessment provides the basis of your training programme at the academy. Performance objectives are set and continually reviewed as development progresses.


All academy sessions are held at Queensland’s State Hockey Centre. The State Hockey Centre has some of the best hockey facilities in Australia.

At a glance:

  • 2 international standard water-based hockey pitches
  • International standard lighting
  • Hockey pro-shop
  • Canteen

What to expect

When you arrive at the academy a thorough assessment will be made of your strengths and weaknesses. This assessment provides the basis of your training programme at the academy. Performance objectives are set and continually reviewed as development progresses.


A typical weekly schedule of the programme is shown below. During the programme you’ll work on all areas of your game. In addition, you’ll also play matches with a club at the weekends and attend club practices during the week

  Morning Afternoon
Monday   Hockey Skills Session
Tuesday Skills Development Hockey club training 
Wednesday   Hockey Skills Session
Thursday Strength & Conditioning Skills development; hockey club training
Friday Pilates Session  
Saturday Club Match
Sunday Rest and Optional Social

Social Life

Making the most of your time away

Travelling to the other side of the world to play sport is a truly once in a lifetime experience. So all Sport Lived programmes are designed to make sure that both your sporting life, and your social life, are as action packed and exciting as possible. That’s why you’ll always get…

Social events with Sport Lived

The cities you can visit with Sport Lived are some of the most exciting and welcoming on the planet, and there always seems to be something interesting going on. So to help you make the most of your time away, our local staff organise social events like trips to top sporting occasions, surfing lessons, welcome dinners and loads more besides. They’ll also try to assist you get tickets to events you want to watch while you're away, and give you expert advice on the best things to see and do in the city.

Membership of a local sports club

One of the best things about travelling with Sport Lived is that we arrange for you to join a local sports club. We handpick clubs with lots of members and different teams - some of whom have regular social events. Some clubs may offer preseason tours, and in the past some clubs have organised welcome events for new players. Trust us, you’ll feel like an old hand within a few days and the other members will make sure there’s never a dull moment!

A great place to stay in the centre of town

We offer programmes in some fantastic cities, and we know that to make the most of your time away, you need to be right in the centre of the action. So we make sure that your accommodation is in the heart of the city - just a short walk away from all the best cafes, restaurants, bars, shops and pretty much anything else you’ll ever need.

Like minded flatmates

Having a few friends to share your experiences with is a huge part of any foreign trip – they make the whole experience loads easier and loads more fun. So you’ll always share your swish city centre accommodation with other Sport Lived participants - that way you’ll have a ready-made group of friends from the minute you step off the plane!


Do you have to be a really good hockey player to attend the academy?
No. Players of all abilities can attend the hockey academy where they will receive quality coaching and play matches to improve their game.

Do players on the programme play matches for a club?
Yes. All players on the programme train with a club during the week and play matches at the weekends.

What type of visa should I obtain if I attend the hockey academy?
We recommend that you obtain an Australian Working Holiday Visa.  This visa enables you to live and obtain paid work in Australia for up to 12 months

What clothes are provided at the academy?
When you arrive, you’ll receive shorts, training shirts and a tracksuit. You’ll also receive a Sport Lived hoodie.

Standard Accommodation

Choose our Standard Accommodation in Australia and you’ll live in a dorm room in a hostel or lodge. All our Standard pads are centrally located and provide easy access to public transport. This makes it easier to get to your sports club or coaching placement, as well as giving you the chance to try out all the bars, clubs and restaurants in the city centre.

At a glance:

  • Top quality hostel accommodation
  • Located close to transport and nightlife
  • Shared with Sport Lived participants
  • Meet travellers from around the world

Your place in Australia...

You’ll share a dorm room with other Sport Lived participants. You’ll get fully equipped kitchen facilities, a base for your belongings and large comfortable communal areas, so you can catch up with other Sport Lived participants and travellers from around the world.

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Premium Accommodation

Choose our Premium Accommodation in Australia and you’ll live in a 4 star apartment in the centre of town. Your sports club or coaching placement will be easily accessible by public transport and with lots of bars, clubs, restaurants and shops close by there are plenty of places to explore.

At a glance:

  • 4-star fully furnished apartments
  • Located close to transport and nightlife
  • Shared with Sport Lived participants
  • Relax! Most bills are included

Home from home...

Apartments are shared with other Sport Lived participants and include a 24 hour reception plus many mod-cons. Apartments are fully furnished including a TV, linen, kitchen appliances, washing machines, etc. They are also serviced weekly so you can spend your time having fun.

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Homestay Accommodation

We arrange for all players attending the Hockey Academy to stay with a welcoming host family in Brisbane. You’ll live close to the Queensland State Hockey Centre making it easy for you to travel to all your academy sessions. Breakfast and an evening meal are provided leaving you with plenty of time to work hard on your game and enjoy all that Brisbane has to offer!

At a glance:

  • Quality homestay accommodation
  • Located close to sports club and academy
  • Daily breakfast and evening meal provided

Home from home...

You’ll have your own room in a beautiful house where you’ll live with a host family and other Sport Lived participants. Free Internet and two meals a day are also included in the price of the programme. 


First things first. Whether it be playing professionally, socially with mates, coaching or simply watching on the telly, Melburnians LOVE sport. It doesn't matter where you are - the heart of the city, a country town, or in the suburbs, you will not only find a pub with a TV screen, but also an enthusiastic Aussie crowd to watch the action. In terms of live sport, we have the famous Boxing Day test match, Aussie Open Tennis, Grand Prix and the Melbourne Cup – Australia’s most famous horse race.

But there’s more than sport. Most importantly, the Melbourne people are an incredible bunch. There's a warm, community sense that vibrates through the city. The locals are typically laid back and welcoming. They love to show off their city and will probably insist on taking you out on the town, exchanging slang words and introducing you to their mates.

This city is famous as the home of culture in Australia and has amazing art exhibitions, markets, music and comedy festivals; shopping, nightclubs and trendy bars. Whatever your taste, you'll find places in Melbourne dedicated to people like yourself.

Top Things To Do In Melbourne

  1. Travel the Great Ocean Road
  2. Watch ‘the race that stops a nation’
  3. Catch the ANZAC Day AFL Game at the MCG


Beautiful one day, perfect the next is the ideal way to describe sunny Queensland. Brisbane is located right at the heart of Queensland and is renowned for its laid-back lifestyle and welcoming atmosphere. It’s hard to go wrong with the tropical climate which leads to long balmy nights spent either on the beach or enjoying a cold drink with friends.

Situated on the magnificent Brisbane River the city is the place to be. It is well known for its bustling night life. Whether you want a couple of drinks in a traditional Australian pub, a night on the dance floor or anything in between, Brisbane has a night spot to suit. Brisbane is very popular among travellers and backpackers as the city is constantly thriving with life.  Brisbane also boasts two of Australia’s best sporting stadiums. The Gabba and Suncorp Stadium host matches of Rugby League, Cricket, Aussie Rules, A League Football, Rugby Union - basically every sport you could wish for!

The city is also just an hour's drive from the stunning Gold Coast, which is known internationally as a popular tourist destination, thanks to its white sandy beaches and crystal clear ocean. Maybe now is the time to take up the opportunity to learn how to surf; or travel up further north to the beautiful rainforests and spectacular waterfalls.

In summary, Brisbane is a fantastic city offering amazing experiences. Your time spent here will be remembered and treasured for life.

Top things to do in Brisbane:

  1. Catch a wave on the Gold Coast
  2. Watch a match at Suncorp Stadium
  3. Take a trip to Eagle Street Pier

Hockey Club
✓ Membership to a quality hockey club
✓ The opportunity to play and train with top Australian hockey players

Hockey Academy Training
✓ Elite hockey coaching
✓ Access to the outstanding hockey facilities 
✓ The development of your game through intensive Hockey Academy sessions
✓ Academy clothing
✓ Membership to a gym

Accommodation (Melbourne)
✓ Shared centrally located accommodation in a hostel/lodge
✓ Free breakfast
✓ Free internet

Accommodation (Brisbane)
✓ Shared homestay accommodation
✓ Daily breakfast & evening meal
✓ Free internet

Overseas Staff Support
✓ Airport collection upon arrival
✓ 24/7 mentor support
✓ Transport to the airport for your departure

✓ Assistance in finding paid employment and work experience
✓ A CRB check in Australia to help to get paid coaching work

Trip Essentials
✓ Sport Lived hoody
✓ Welcome pack upon arrival
✓ Public transport travel pass
✓ Sport Lived Australia handbook

Social Events
✓ Regular overseas social events e.g. surfing trips and tickets to great sporting events*
✓ Social events with your hockey club
*The social events arranged for our participants are dependent upon the length and time of their programme. Our participants are informed of these social events during their programme.

And finally…
✓ The hockey experience of a lifetime!

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Prices and Dates...
Location Duration From To Accommodation Price
Melbourne 6 weeks 11/04/2016 22/05/2016 Standard (Twin Room) £ 4495 Book Now
Melbourne 6 weeks 11/04/2016 22/05/2016 Standard £ 4295 Book Now
Melbourne 13 weeks 11/04/2016 10/07/2016 Standard £ 7795 Book Now
Melbourne 13 weeks 11/04/2016 10/07/2016 Standard (Twin Room) £ 8495 Book Now
Melbourne 6 weeks 30/05/2016 10/07/2016 Standard (Twin Room) £ 4495 Book Now
Melbourne 6 weeks 30/05/2016 10/07/2016 Standard £ 4295 Book Now
Brisbane 4 weeks 04/07/2016 31/07/2016 Homestay £ 3295 Book Now

N.B. Damage Bond £300 (Premium Accommodation only)

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