International player praises standards

Fifty-five people took part in the hockey camp

Fifty-five people took part in the hockey camp

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A former England hockey international has praised the standard of the sport in the island after another successful training visit.

Matt Taylor, who was capped 19 times by England, brought his hockey camp to the National Sports Centre in Douglas.

The two-day event was attended by 55 young people aged eight to 17.

Hannah Pullen, hockey development officer with Manx Sport and Recreation, said: ‘The camp introduced the sport to potential new players and offered high-quality coaching to those who are already playing, who learned new techniques and skills that can be transferred to schools and clubs.

‘This ties in with our strategy of increasing levels of activity in young people and increasing the number of children involved in community sport.’

Matt has brought his camp to the Isle of Man several years in a row. He said: ‘Every year we come to the island we see an improvement in the level of hockey.

‘This is credit to the players and, of course, the coaching on the island. It has improved tremendously since our first visit five years ago.’

He also staged a coaching clinic, during which 13 coaches were taught the latest techniques and drills.

Matt was accompanied by three coaches from his home club, Beeston hockey club: David Ames, a former Ireland international; Sophie Robinson, who plays in the Wales women’s team and Lucy Holvey. They were joined by local coach Alex Bell, who now also plays at Beeston.

For more information on how to get involved in hockey, ring Hannah on 651572 or email

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