The Sport Lived Hockey Academy gives you the chance to play and train in Melbourne. Our course provides the ultimate hockey experience: you’ll receive elite coaching and have access to outstanding training facilities.
Our hockey academy programmes in Melbourne run between April 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.
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.
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:
You’ll spend time working on drills aimed at improving fundamental skills and promoting technical excellence.
You’ll have specialist sessions focusing on all aspects of the physical performance including strength, power, speed, agility and endurance.
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.
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 High School, home of the MCC and MHSOB Hockey Clubs in beautiful South Yarra, a 6 minute train ride from the Melbourne city centre. The strength and conditioning sessions are held at ProSport Fitness, one of the most complete gyms in Melbourne, with an altitude chamber and hot/cold bath recovery facilities alongside the more regular features.
At a glance:
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
|Monday||Hockey Skills Session|
|Tuesday||Skills Development||Hockey club training|
|Wednesday||Hockey Skills Session|
|Thursday||Strength & Conditioning||Skills development; hockey club training|
|Sunday||Rest and Optional Social|
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?
The programmes are intensive so most players don’t work during their time at the academy. We therefore suggest that you obtain an Australian 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.
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:
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.
We arrange for all U18 players attending the Hockey Academy to stay with a welcoming host family in Melbourne. You’ll live close to your hockey club and the academy venues making it easy for you to travel to all your sessions. Breakfast and an evening meal are provided leaving you with plenty of time to work hard on your game and enjoy all that Melbourne has to offer!
Quality homestay accommodation
Located close to sports club and academy
Daily breakfast and evening meal provided
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
✓ Membership to a quality hockey club
✓ The opportunity to play and train with top Australian sports players
Hockey Academy Training
✓ Elite hockey coaching
✓ Access to the outstanding hockey facilities
✓ The development of your game through intensive Hockey Academy sessions
✓ Membership to a gym
✓ Shared centrally located accommodation
✓ Daily breakfast & evening meal (Homestay Accommodation only)
✓ Free internet
Overseas Staff Support
✓ Airport collection upon arrival
✓ Staff support throughout your stay
✓ Transport to the airport for your departure
✓ Sport Lived clothing
✓ Information pack upon arrival
✓ Introductory travel pass
✓ Sport Lived Australia handbook
✓ Regular overseas social events e.g. surfing trips and tickets to great sporting events*
✓ Social events with your sports 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.
✓ The sports experience of a lifetime!
|Melbourne||6 weeks||29/05/2017||09/07/2017||Standard||£ 5595||Book Now|
|Melbourne||4 weeks||10/07/2017||06/08/2017||Homestay||£ 4495||Book Now|
|Melbourne||4 weeks||10/07/2017||06/08/2017||Standard||£ 4395||Book Now|
|Melbourne||6 weeks||09/04/2018||20/05/2018||Standard||£ 5895||Book Now|
|Melbourne||13 weeks||09/04/2018||08/07/2018||Standard||£ 10195||Book Now|
|Melbourne||6 weeks||28/05/2018||08/07/2018||Standard||£ 5895||Book Now|
|Melbourne||4 weeks||09/07/2018||05/08/2018||Homestay||£ 4795||Book Now|
|Melbourne||4 weeks||09/07/2018||05/08/2018||Standard||£ 4695||Book Now|
N.B. Damage Bond £300 (Premium Accommodation only)
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