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Hockey: Academy in Australia

4-12 Weeks


The Sport Lived Hockey Academy gives you the chance to play and train in Brisbane, Queensland’s picturesque state capital. Our course provides the ultimate hockey development experience: you’ll receive elite coaching and have access to outstanding training facilities at our hockey academy in Australia.

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

You can attend the Australian hockey academy for 4 - 12 weeks from March to June, or for 4 - 8 weeks during July and August. On both programmes you will play matches with a local hockey club, and have hockey skills sessions on water-based pitches during the week.

Our centrally located accommodation puts you at the heart of the city, so get ready to enjoy the freedom and excitement of life in Australia with a group of new mates.

Your coaching team

Your training at the Academy will be led by world-class coaches. Our team includes specialists in a variety of disciplines so that all aspects of your sporting development will be covered. Read the profiles of your coaching team below and prepare to be blown away by their experience and enthusiasm.

N.B. Coaches may change from programme to programme depending on their availability.

Sharyn Simpson

Head Coach 

• Represented Queensland and Australia between 1978 and 1985

• Australian Hockeyroos Manager 2002 - 2005

• Assistant Coach for the Queensland Scorchers

• Inducted into the Hockey Queensland Hall of Fame 2009

• Queensland U18 and U21 Coach

Mick Evans

Skills Coach

• Level 3 Coach

• Australia U21s Assistant Coach (2013 - Present)

• Queensland U21 Men's Coach (2011 - Present)

• Queensland U18 Men's Coach (2005 - 2008)

• Brisbane Hockey Association Regional Coaching Director (2009 - Present)

• Cairns Hockey Association Regional Coaching Director (2001 - 2009)

Hamish Baron

Skills Coach

• New Zealand International Player with 10 caps

• Currently part of the extended New Zealand Men’s Training Squad

• Assistant Coach of Auckland in the New Zealand National League

• Assistant club coach in Brisbane

Antony Wood

Conditioning Expert

• Co-ordinates physical development programmes for all academy players

• Programmes focus on developing players speed, agility, strength and power

• Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach

• Has a Human Movement Studies Degree from the University of Queensland

• Previously held strength and conditioning roles with the Queensland Rugby Development Squad, Brisbane Bullets Basketball Team and Brisbane Wolves Football Club


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 hockey club in Brisbane where you’ll attend mid-week training sessions and play matches at the weekends.

Personal development
Playing for a local club will enable you to put the academy coaching into practice in weekly competitive matches.  Playing and training with a club also enables you to integrate into the local community, meet new people and make new friends. Most hockey clubs in Brisbane have 12-16 senior teams for men and women.  Top teams play in the highest state leagues, giving you the chance to play alongside state and international players.


Whilst at the academy, you will have access to outstanding facilities. All hockey skills sessions take place at the State Hockey Centre which has 2 water-based pitches. All fitness, athlete education and sports psychology sessions are held at the University of Queensland.

At a glance:

  • 2 water-based hockey pitches
  • Gym and fitness centre
  • 8-lane Olympic swimming pool
  • Athletics track
  • Sports Medicine Facility
  • Seminar rooms

What to expect

You’ll have access to fantastic facilities to help improve all aspects of your game. Upon arrival at the academy, a thorough assessment is made of each player’s strengths and weaknesses. This assessment provides the basis of each player’s training programme during their stay. Performance objectives are set that are continually reviewed as development occurs.

The academy has an in-house sports medicine facility which includes physiotherapy, massage therapists and sports physicians.


A typical weekly schedule on our 4 - 12 week programmes is shown below. During your time at the academy you will undertake a combination of strength and conditioning sessions, hockey skills sessions, sports psychology whilst also training and playing matches with a hockey club.

  Morning Afternoon
Monday 9am - 12pm
Optional Gym Session
1pm - 3pm
Skills Session at the 
State Hockey Centre
Tuesday 9am - 12pm
Optional Gym Session
5pm - 8pm
Club training & social
Wednesday 9am - 12pm
Optional Gym Session
1pm - 3pm
Skills Session at the 
State Hockey Centre
Thursday 10am - 12pm
Strength & Conditioning
5pm - 8pm
Club training & social
Friday All Day
Optional Fitness Session
Saturday 9am - 12pm
Club Match
12.30pm - 7pm
Club Match
Sunday All Day
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.

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

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 in the Brisbane Hockey League at the weekends.

What type of visa should I obtain if I attend the hockey academy in Brisbane?
The programmes are intensive, so most players don’t work during their time at the academy.  We therefore suggest that people obtain an Australia Tourist Visa which your travel agent should be able to organise for you. If you plan to extend your trip and work in Australia then you should obtain an Australian Working Holiday Visa. This visa enables you to live and work in Australia for up to 12 months.

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.

NB: Illustrative accommodation pictures.

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.

NB: Illustrative accommodation pictures.


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 in Brisbane
✓ The opportunity to play and train with top Australian hockey players

Hockey Academy Training
✓ Elite hockey coaching
✓ Access to the outstanding hockey facilities at the Queensland State Hockey Centre
✓ The development of your game through intensive Hockey Academy sessions
✓ Academy clothing

✓ Shared centrally located accommodation
✓ Choice between a quality lodge or a 4 star apartment
✓ Free internet or USB internet device

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

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
Brisbane 4 weeks 16/03/2015 12/04/2015 Standard £ 3295 Book Now
Brisbane 5 weeks 16/03/2015 19/04/2015 Standard £ 3670 Book Now
Brisbane 6 weeks 16/03/2015 26/04/2015 Standard £ 4045 Book Now
Brisbane 7 weeks 16/03/2015 03/05/2015 Standard £ 4420 Book Now
Brisbane 8 weeks 16/03/2015 10/05/2015 Standard £ 4795 Book Now
Brisbane 9 weeks 16/03/2015 17/05/2015 Standard £ 5170 Book Now
Brisbane 10 weeks 16/03/2015 24/05/2015 Standard £ 5545 Book Now
Brisbane 11 weeks 16/03/2015 31/05/2015 Standard £ 5920 Book Now
Brisbane 12 weeks 16/03/2015 07/06/2015 Standard £ 6295 Book Now
Brisbane 12 weeks 16/03/2015 07/06/2015 Premium £ 7595 Book Now
Brisbane 4 weeks 29/06/2015 26/07/2015 Standard £ 3295 Book Now
Brisbane 5 weeks 29/06/2015 02/08/2015 Standard £ 3670 Book Now
Brisbane 6 weeks 29/06/2015 09/08/2015 Standard £ 4045 Book Now
Brisbane 7 weeks 29/06/2015 16/08/2015 Standard £ 4420 Book Now
Brisbane 8 weeks 29/06/2015 23/08/2015 Premium £ 5695 Book Now
Brisbane 8 weeks 29/06/2015 23/08/2015 Standard £ 4795 Book Now

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

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