Hockey Coaching Academy

Field Hockey Coaching Specialists

Founded by England Hockey Performance Centre Head Coach David Grammer, the Hockey Coaching Academy is an inspiring environment for children to develop their sporting ability in a safe, friendly and fun but challenging environment. Our qualified hockey coaches specialise in working with children to develop their individual skills, fitness, technical and tactical awareness, match play and teamwork. They look to develop players through a combinations of technical, skills based and game sense training which is designed to support players at all levels.

The Hockey Coaching Academy runs Hockey Camps in the school holidays, which are aimed at all levels of children aged 8 – 18. Our camps are suitable for Beginners who have limited hockey experience, Intermediate players who play at Club or County and Advanced players who train at Talent Academy, Regional level and beyond. There are usually specific sessions designed for goalkeepers. Please note that we do not have a facility to provide kit for goal keepers as due to the very specific individual requirements of goal keeping kit it is expected that goal keepers will have their own kit, or will have access to club or school kit that they are comfortable in using.

Private 1-2-1 sessions are often available at our Camps. Please book these at the time of booking onto our camps.

As well as structured group coaching we make sure each child receives the individual guidance and tuition they need to progress. Our guest coaches include experienced national league and international coaches and players.

Alongside player coaching we run hockey coaching courses to help develop teachers and club coaches of all levels.
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Hockey Coaching Academy Camps 2024 (Cambridge):  

February Half-Term - Monday 19th & Tuesday 20th February 

Easter – Tuesday 2nd Wednesday 3rd April & Thursday 4th April          

                Monday 8th Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th April

May Day – Monday 6th May 

May Half-Term – Tuesday 28th Wednesday 29th & Thursday 30th May

Summer – Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th August                  

                   Thursday 29th & Friday 30th August 

October Half -Term – Monday 28th & Tuesday 29th October 

Christmas – Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd December


Hockey Coaching Academy Camps 2024 (Ely):  

Easter - Thursday 11th April 2024

May Half-Term - Friday 31st May 2024





Bank Holiday Hockey Camp - Monday 6th May 2024

Bank Holiday Hockey Camp - Monday 6th May 2024

12/04/2024

Bank Holiday hockey camp in Cambridge - Monday 6th May 2024. St Mary's Sports Ground, Long Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PX. Alongside our hockey camp we will also be running optional post camp small group skills sessions, (max 6 outfield players per group), from 3.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. at a low additional cost of £15.00 per player. There will also be a limited number of post camp 1 to 1 sessions available from 3.30 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. at a cost of £35.00. We look forward to welcoming you to our fun filled and skill development hockey camp.

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May Half-Term Hockey Camps (Cambridge) - Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th May 2024

May Half-Term Hockey Camps (Cambridge) - Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th May 2024

12/04/2024

Three dates for the May Half-Term - Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th of May 2024. We are delighted returning to St Mary's School Sports Ground, Long Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PX for our May half-term hockey camps. Alongside our hockey camps we will also be running some optional post camp small group skills sessions, (max 6 outfield players per group), from 3.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. each day, at a low additional cost of £15.00 per player. We will also be running some post camp 1 to 1 sessions at a cost of £35.00.

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May Half-Term Hockey Camp (Ely) - Friday 31st May 2024

May Half-Term Hockey Camp (Ely) - Friday 31st May 2024

12/04/2024

We are delighted to be returning to Ely Hockey Club for a May Half-Term hockey camp on Friday 31st May 2024. Ely Hockey Club, Downham Road, Ely, CB6 2SH. Alongside our hockey camp we will also be running some optional post camp small group skills sessions, (max 6 outfield players per group), from 3.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. at a low additional cost of £15.00 per player. We will also be running some post camp 1 to 1 sessions at a cost of £35.00. We look forward to welcoming you to our fun filled and skill development hockey camp.

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Paul Visagie confirmed for our May Day Bank Holiday Hockey Camp

Paul Visagie confirmed for our May Day Bank Holiday Hockey Camp

12/04/2024

We are pleased to confirm that former Zimbabwe Junior International, Cambridgeshire County U15 Girls Head Coach and former England Hockey Junior Regional Performance Centre U17 Boys Head Coach, Paul Visagie will be returning to coach at our May Day Bank Holiday hockey camp in Cambridge on Monday 6th May 2024.

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Nigel D'Cruz confirmed as a main coach at our May Hockey Camps in Cambridge.

Nigel D'Cruz confirmed as a main coach at our May Hockey Camps in Cambridge.

12/04/2024

Once again the dribble master Nigel D'Cruz will be with us demonstrating his unique abilities and mastery of moving with the ball, and helping to inspire the next generation of hockey stars. Nigel will be coaching at all four days of our May Hockey Camps in Cambridge. Come and learn from the best and then test your skills against him and our other coaches.

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Fred Whatling confirmed as a Lead Coach for May Day Bank Holiday Hockey Camp

Fred Whatling confirmed as a Lead Coach for May Day Bank Holiday Hockey Camp

12/04/2024

Cambridgeshire County U14 Girls Head Coach Fred Whatling will be coaching at our May Day Bank Holiday hockey camp in Cambridge on Monday 6th May 2024.

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Will Prentice confirmed for our Bank Holiday Hockey Camp on Monday 6th May 2024

Will Prentice confirmed for our Bank Holiday Hockey Camp on Monday 6th May 2024

12/04/2024

We are delighted to announce that Will is back with us at Cambridge for our Bank Holiday hockey camp on Monday 6th May 2024. With representative honours at England U18 and England U21 Will is currently playing for Beeston Men's 1's in the Premier Division of the National League.

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Specialist Goal Keeper Coach Andy Stopps will be coaching at our Easter Hockey Camps in Cambridge

Specialist Goal Keeper Coach Andy Stopps will be coaching at our Easter Hockey Camps in Cambridge

08/03/2024

We are delighted to announce that Cambridgeshire County and Bury Talent Academy Centre Goal Keeper Coach Andy Stopps will be coaching at our Easter Hockey Camps on Wednesday 3rd and Tuesday 9th April 2024. You can find out more about Andy and how he can help you develop your goalkeeping skills on his website. http://www.thehockeygoalkeepercoach.co.uk.

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Connor Webb confirmed for our Easter Hockey Camps in Cambridge

Connor Webb confirmed for our Easter Hockey Camps in Cambridge

08/03/2024

With representative honours at England U21 and playing in the Premier division of the National League and just before flying off to play in the Australian Premier League, Connor Webb will be coaching at our Cambridge Camps on Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th April 2024.

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Josh Webb confirmed for our Easter Hockey Camps

Josh Webb confirmed for our Easter Hockey Camps

15/03/2024

National League player Josh Webb will be coaching at our Easter Hockey camps in Cambridge on Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th April 2024. Straight after our hockey camps he will be flying to Australia to play in the Australian Premier League.

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Australian Premier League Coach Fred Notman confirmed for our October Half-Term Hockey Camps

Australian Premier League Coach Fred Notman confirmed for our October Half-Term Hockey Camps

03/09/2023

Federation of International Hockey Level 3 Coach and Head Coach for the North East Hockey Club, (who play in the Australian Premier league), Fred Notman will be coaching at our October Half-Term hockey camps. We are absolutely delighted to have Fred with us for both days so please grab this opportunity to be coached by Fred before he goes back to Australia.

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Mads Newitt will be coaching at our Cambridge Camp on Tuesday 14th February

Mads Newitt will be coaching at our Cambridge Camp on Tuesday 14th February

16/01/2023

Playing in the Premier division of the National League with Beeston Ladies 1's Mads is back with us to showcase her attacking and goal scoring skills at our Cambridge Camp.

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Tuesday 28th May 2024

St Mary's School Sports Ground, Long Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PX. 10.00 am - 3.00 pm Ages 8-18 £45.00 for one day £85.00 for two days £120.00 for three days 15% Sibling Discount Available (Early bird discounts for all bookings before 26th April 2024. £40.00 for 1 day, £77.50 for 2 days & £110.00 for 3 days) Small group skills sessions, (max 6 outfield players per group), from 3.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. Cost - £15.00 per player There will also be a limited number of 1 to 1 Sessions from 3.30 - 4.30 pm. Cost £35.00. To book please e-mail david@hockeycoachingacademy.co.uk. or coachgrammer@aol.com

Wednesday 29th May 2024

St Mary's School Sports Ground, Long Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PX. 10.00 am - 3.00 pm Ages 8-18 £45.00 for one day £85.00 for two days £120.00 for three days 15% Sibling Discount Available (Early bird discounts for all bookings before 26th April 2024. £40.00 for 1 day, £77.50 for 2 days & £110.00 for 3 days) Small group skills sessions, (max 6 outfield players per group), from 3.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. Cost - £15.00 per player There will also be a limited number of 1 to 1 Sessions from 3.30 - 4.30 pm. Cost £35.00. To book please e-mail david@hockeycoachingacademy.co.uk. or coachgrammer@aol.com

Thursday 30th May 2024

St Mary's School Sports Ground, Long Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PX. 10.00 am - 3.00 pm Ages 8-18 £45.00 for one day £85.00 for two days £120.00 for three days 15% Sibling Discount Available (Early bird discounts for all bookings before 26th April 2024. £40.00 for 1 day, £77.50 for 2 days & £110.00 for 3 days) Small group skills sessions, (max 6 outfield players per group), from 3.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. Cost - £15.00 per player There will also be a limited number of 1 to 1 Sessions from 3.30 - 4.30 pm. Cost £35.00. To book please e-mail david@hockeycoachingacademy.co.uk. or coachgrammer@aol.com

Friday 31st May 2024

Ely Hockey Club, Downham Road, Ely, CB6 2SH. 10.00 am - 3.00 pm Ages 8-18 Cost £45.00 15% Sibling Discount Available (Early bird discount of £5.00 for all bookings before 26th April 2024) Small group skills sessions, (max 6 outfield players per group), from 3.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. Cost - £15.00 per player There will also be a limited number of 1 to 1 Sessions from 3.30 - 4.30 pm. Cost £35.00. To book please e-mail david@hockeycoachingacademy.co.uk. or coachgrammer@aol.com

Tuesday 28th May 2024 

Wednesday 29th May 2024 

Thursday 30th May 2024

St Mary's School Sports Ground, Long Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PX 

10.00 am - 3.00 pm each day

 

£45.00 for one day

£85.00 for two days

£120.00 for three days

15% Sibling Discount Available

(Early bird discounts for all bookings before 1st May 2024. £40.00 for 1 day, £77.50 for 2 days & £110.00 for 3 days)


Optional Small Groups Skills Sessions (outfield players only - max 6 per group), from 3.30 - 4.30 p.m. each day.

Cost £15.00 


1 to 1 Sessions 3.30 - 4.30 p.m.

Cost £35.00 


Friday 31st May 2024 

Ely Hockey Club, Downham Road, Ely, CB6 2SH 

10.00 am - 3.00 pm 

 

Cost £45.00 

15% Sibling Discount Available

(Early bird discounts for all bookings before 1st May 2024)


Optional Small Groups Skills Sessions (outfield players only - max 6 per group), from 3.30 - 4.30 p.m. each day.

Cost £15.00 


1 to 1 Sessions 3.30 - 4.30 p.m.

Cost £35.00 



To book your daughter/son a place please e-mail jess@hockeycoachingacademy.co.uk  

or coachgrammer@aol.com

Full details regarding the camp and payment information will then be forwarded to you.


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 Why Choose the Hockey Coaching Academy?


Quality over Quantity


We provide a high coach to player ratio to ensure that you have the best experience at our camps and performance sessions.

We limit the maximum number of participants to ensure that you receive the complete coaching experience.

All of our camps are individually planned and designed to ensure you develop to your fullest potential.









Countdown to our Half -Term Hockey Camps in Cambridge - Tuesday 28th May - Friday 31st May

Nigel D'Cruz

Nigel is one of the most unique and effective skills coaches in the world. He has been responsible for the development of some of the most exceptional hockey talent this country has seen, with many of his proteges going on to represent England and GB. His exceptional coaching also sees him called upon as a skills consultant for many top senior international players. Nigel is a level 2 qualified coach with over 15 years Premier League playing experience, including winning 2 National Premier titles, (with Southgate and Surbiton). He has played in the European Cup, (equivalent of the current day EHL), and has represented England at U21s, Vets and Over 50s levels, as well as playing in the World Cup GB Invitational team.

Paul Visagie

England Hockey Level 2 Coach. England Hockey Junior Regional Performance Centre – Lead Coach. England Hockey Academy Centre – Lead Coach (Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire). Cambridge South HC – Men’s 1/2s – Lead Coach. Cambridge South HC – Ladies 2/3s – Lead Coach. Former Zimbabwe/Rhodesia Junior International player. Former Premier League and South African Provincial player, Indoor and Outdoor.

Fred Notman

Federation of International Hockey Level 3 Coach and Australian Premier League Head Coach for North East Hockey Club. Alongside school, university and club coaching Fred has played for Cheltenham in the UK National League level and he has also played over 50 matches in the Australian Premier league.

Andy Stopps

Andy has been involved with hockey coaching for nearly 30 years, since becoming a level 2 coach in 1994. Specialising in goalkeeper coaching was a natural path, having played hockey as a goalkeeper since 1986. Andy still plays, representing his club, Sudbury Hockey Club, in the East leagues, while also playing Suffolk and East Masters hockey. Andy is the goalkeeper coach at the newly formed East Talent Academy, having previously coached in the Player Pathway at JRPC and Performance Centre levels. Andy also overseas the goalkeeper coaching programme with the Cambridgeshire County goalkeepers, running specialised group sessions for all the under 13 to under 17 goalkeepers. At club level, Andy runs monthly junior and senior sessions at Saffron Walden Hockey Club and helps out on Sunday mornings with the Braintree Blue Hornets under 12 girls squad.

Fred Whatling

Will Prentice

National League hockey player with Beeston Men's 1's Representative honours at England U18 & U21

Taegan ChapmanKo

I am an FIH Level 1 coach and currently coach in the Cambridgeshire County setup, at Stephen Perse Senior School and at my club Saffron Walden, where I also play for the first team in East Prem A. Having been a player at England Hockey Performance Centre level I also have experience of the Player Pathway system.

Mads Newitt

National League hockey player with Beeston hockey club playing in England Hockey Premier league. Junior coach at Beeston hockey club.

Morgan Males

England U18 Captain year young and own year (2017-2018) England U21 (2018) Currently Playing in English Premier League for Beeston Double Premier League Champion Indoor and Outdoor with Surbiton (2016-2018) Multiple Junior National Titles indoor and outdoor with Surbiton (2014-2018 - at least 3 indoor and at least 3 outdoor) Meant to play in Perth summer 2020 for West Wide Wolves but Covid-19 made that get postponed.

Connor Webb

England U21. One of the most naturally talented players in the England set up. Playing National league hockey with Beeston hockey club. Cambridgeshire County coach. Former England Hockey Performance Centre player with a wealth of experience of the England Hockey Player Pathway.

Josh Webb

National League player with Cambridge City hockey club. County Coach for Cambridgeshire. Former England Hockey Performance Centre player. Drag flick specialist.

Sophie Hodgkinson

I am currently a Level 1 FIH Hockey Coach. I am an assistant coach at Cambridge Juniors Hockey Club, coaching all age groups as well as the U15 Girls Assistant Coach at Cambridgeshire county. I am currently playing hockey for Cambridge South HC, and have experience playing in Division 1N. As a junior I progressed through the County pathway, had experience playing in regional tournaments and won the U17 county regional tournament. At the moment I am working at St Johns College School in Cambridge as the sports gap, gaining experience in teaching before I go to university in September 2024, to study sports and exercise psychology at Loughborough.

Catriona MacIver

Cambs Hockey Age Group Head Coach and Head of Hockey at St Mary's School. Currently playing with Cambridge City in the East Prem. England Coach Course qualified (Level 2) Previously played with Harleston Magpies in both the National Div 1 South and East Prem and coached the U14 girls. Futures Sports Hockey Camps Lead Coach Junior Performance Centre and U16 Indoor National Champion

Mollie Mason

Captained England U16 and U18 Women during various international matches and tournaments Currently studying and playing for the University of Nottingham Women’s First team as well as being part of the Great Britain Elite Development Programme

Andrea Glover

England Hockey Performance Centre Coach England Hockey Level 3 Hockey Coach England Hockey Silver Award Goal-Keeper Coach

Chris Gladman

England Hockey Level 3 Coach. Hockey Professional, Chigwell School, Essex. Director of Youth Coaching, Old Loughtonians Hockey Club and adult Men's coach. England Hockey Essex Academy Coach Mentor. England Hockey Performance Centre Head Coach. Saxon Tigers Girls Coach. England U16 and U21 International, indoor and outdoor. Played in Junior World Cup, Vancouver outdoor. Two U21 European Cups indoor, Three HA Cup finals, National League Premier for Old Loughtonians HC, Five National indoor titles, Four European cups indoor. Senior training squads for England World Cup, Willesden 1986, GB Training squad for 1988 Olympics.

Bobby Abdulla

England Hockey Academy Centre coach. Bobby has been coaching for 25 years and has successfully developed junior players at many London clubs including Wimbledon, Spencer, Old Kingstonians, Richmond and Stains, as well as within the Surrey County set up. He has also coached the Epsom Ladies and NPL Men's teams.

New Coaches

More coaches will be added as they join the Hockey Coaching Academy family. Our coaches availability to coach at our camps depends on their club and coaching schedules.