The Hockey Academy was established with the aim of improving the standard of Hockey in South Africa from a Technical and Tactical perspective.
We cater for boys/men and girls/ladies from the age of 6 – 19 years, as well as club varsity students and professional athletes.
Our key focus points is to concentrate on the technical and tactical aspects of Hockey, as well as giving insight into positional, specialist skills, footwork and team culture based learning. Learning via match realistic training is another aspect we feel we deliver absolute quality in.
All of this is looked to be achieved in a fun, player-centred learning environment, where we have players love the game and hopefully become life-long members!
Hockey, Hockey, Hockey
Brinsley Powell has been involved with hockey for over 20 years as a player and over a decade as a coach across numerous sections (age, gender, level). He is extremely passionate about the game, and continuing to grow the sport in South Africa.
Brinsley has coached Western Province junior and senior teams in the girls and ladies divisions, as well as in the boys and mens divisions, and has run programmes at Junior and High school levels, as well at a Varsity level. He has also held high ranking positions in Indoor Hockey for over 6 years and continues to be involved in promoting this sector. He has also expanded into the Mental Skills section, as well as Coach and Programme Development.
Hockey runs in Brinsley’s veins, and has played for WP and Kwa-Zulu Natal as well as been a part of a SA High Performance Squad at Junior level. He holds the highest Coaching Accreditation in South Africa (SAHA Level 3). He had this to say about hockey coaching- “I feel that over my time coaching and programme running/development that I have learnt so much in so many ways. The best thing that comes out of coaching for me is watching the players grow their skillset from the start of a session and season to the end, and having fun and growing as people and a team during it. Nothing is better than seeing a face full of joy and happiness at improvement and love for the game.
Brinsley is also well travelled having toured the entire country for coaching (particularly Western Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng), as well as having experienced overseas hockey cultures and styles in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore, which he feels has added to his coaching immensely.
Specialised Private Training
Personalised sessions where there is an emphasis on the Technical and Tactical understanding. These sessions can also include exact matchplay situations, specialist skills, positional based training, physical literacy for hockey exact movements and mental skills to grow as a player and person.
Sessions can be individual, small group based, or in larger groups.
We strive to have sessions of the utmost quality, with all of our coaches being involved in either top level coaching or playing, to provide knowledge that is relevant and of a high level. Coaches have training in the correct ways to run sessions that flow and have growth based outcomes, whilst providing fun-filled environment.