Developing hockey in KZN

2016-09-20 06:00
Photo: Supplied Pinetown Senior Primary hockey players and donors with their new kit.

Photo: Supplied Pinetown Senior Primary hockey players and donors with their new kit.

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MADSEN Hockey Academy (MHA) was formed in 1993 by Adele Madsen, and was one of the first hockey academies in South Africa.

In 1995 the academy moved to St Mary’s Diocesan School in Kloof with training for junior primary, senior primary­ and high-school players on Friday afternoons.

Since 2011 there has been specialised goal-keeping training at Thomas More College and St Mary’s, Kloof.

In 2014 MHA was launched at Durban Girls’ College for Grade 1 Grade 7 pupils and limited to players from Durban Girls’ College and Maris Stella only.

MHA are involved with running the coaching at Kearsney Mini Hockey Club and Westville Gryphons Mini Hockey for ages from six to 13. The MHA academy also runs the youth hockey programme for Kearsney Club and Westville Gryphons.

MHA runs holiday clinics during school holiday and also offers private coaching for players.

MHA manages and supplies coaches to Westville Girls’ High, Thomas More College, Curro Hillcrest, Hillcrest Primary and Hillcrest High.

They currently have over 30 coaches who are employed by the academy. Current SA hockey ladies player, Kelly Madsen, is one of the head coaches­.

MHA provides leadership opportunities for coaches and opportunities to grow their hockey knowledge by running SA Hockey Association accredited level 0 and level 1 coaching courses as well as keeping the coaches updated on the latest hockey trends.

In keeping with their motto “developing­ hockey in KZN”, on 2 September­ at St Mary’s Kloof, Madsen Sport Academy handed over a hockey kit to Bridget Barnes, Pinetown Senior Primary School headmistress.

The owner of Madsen Sports Academy­ Trevor Madsen said: “The joy in the young hockey players’ eyes was something to behold. A big thank you to all involved, especially our sponsors – Spar, Kadish Foundation Holland for the hockey sticks, Church on the Way Kloof and Madsen Hockey Academy for the running shoes, balls and bags.
“Also thank you to St Mary’s in Kloof for allowing us to train Pinetown Senior­ Primary hockey players on their turf every week.”

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