Olympian gives Old Wills Youngsters Thumbs Up

Olympian gives Old Wills Youngsters Thumbs Up

By Gary Bage
23rd November 2018
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Junior Masterclass at OWHC


British Olympian, Calum Giles leads Masterclass at OWHC

On Sunday 11 November, OWHC hosted a free Masterclass for all junior members and pupils of SJWMS led by British Olympian, Calum Giles.

Available to anyone aged 5-18, the masterclass was a fantastic opportunity for all junior members, pupils of SJWMS, family and friends to participate in an expert-led session to hone their hockey skills. Calum is a seasoned professional who entered the International hockey scene at the European Cup in 1995; he was widely recognised as one of the best short corner strikers in the world, competing at both the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Calum is also the owner of Stickwise, an organisation which runs a series of hockey camps designed to keep hockey fun and remind children of why they started playing to begin with.

The junior masterclass was attended by 50 enthusiastic individuals and was followed by a private session for four specially selected seniors which focused predominantly on Drag Flicks.

Neil Thompson, Chairman of OWHC commented: “It was a real pleasure to welcome Calum to OWHC; the session was a great success and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone involved. At OWHC we recognise the importance of investing in the youth section of our club, which is why we are intent on making it as accessible as possible offering free membership to anyone under the age of 16.”

Calum Giles added: “I was really impressed with the numbers that attended the session given how young the junior session at Old Williamsonians is. The number of coaches present was also really impressive and their enthusiasm to work with the young players was awesome. The players themselves were really lovely to work with, so much enthusiasm, passion and they had a clear love for hockey. They proved extremely easy to coach and they seemed to soak up the coaching very quickly and always with a smile on their face. I really enjoyed my time with these guys and I am really looking forward to coming back to see them again.”

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