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About Us


About Us

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About Us


About Us

 

Skoolsports Hockey Camps: Quality and Experience

Skoolsports USA aims to create a quality learning environment which generates a willingness for athletes to learn and practise the skills and techniques required to improve their field hockey abilities. Our camps are designed with a fun element at their core as we believe this creates the best environment for young players to improve and learn. Our coaches to participant ratio is 1:8 as we strive to ensure all children are provided with equal attention to ensure their Skoolsports USA experience is an enjoyable one and provides them with the incentive to continue to develop in the future.

Internationally known field hockey players

With our extensive coaching network around Europe and USA, we put together an amazing team of international coaches and top college coaches from leading Division I schools for Skoolsports USA. Many of the coaches at our camps have played at the top level in not only the Scottish but the English, Dutch, Spanish, South African and Australian leagues. International players availability at camps is dependent upon International training and match programs.

What is included in the programme?

Intensive coaching camps which include skills sessions focussing on all the key areas of the game, competitions, games and question and answer sessions with current hockey internationals. All participants receive a complimentary Skoolsports t-shirt from Canterbury and a selection of items that could include a hockey water bottle, key ring and/or a hockey related accessory. Several other prizes will be awarded to the most improved players and the winners of games and skills sessions. As a participant at a camp you also have the opportunity to purchase Skoolsports USA clothing and use the special discounts available to you on our sponsors clothing and stick ranges.

Gateway Field Hockey joins Skoolsports USA

Skoolsports USA is delighted to work in conjunction with Gateway Field Hockey camps bringing camps to the midwest region.   Under the direction of founder Kelly Yates who has ran camps across the midwest for 30+years, Kelly has passed her midwest camps over to Skoolsports USA two years ago and we look forward to carrying on that fine tradition.

Gateway has been the leading provider of Field Hockey camps in the Mid West since 1983 have produced numerous college players ensuring the love of field hockey has continued to grow and develop over the past 33 years. Kelly Yates, the Gateway Director and 2016 NFHCA hall of Famer owes much of her success to the success of building the Gateway Camps for 33 years. 

Skoolsports USA Co-Director Colin Clarke said "This is an exciting time for Skoolsports USA and we are excited to expand into the midwest offering high school players the opportunity to be coached by International coaches and leading college coaches". 

Gateway Director Kelly Yates commented on the merger "After 33 years as the director/owner of Gateway Field Hockey Camps, I am excited to turn the camps over to Skoolsports USA run by two very knowledgeable and energetic coaches--Colin Clarke  and Andy Thornton. Skoolsports USA will continue to expand on the Gateway sites and ideas while expanding to new cities.  They have the technical expertise and will use their International experience to continue to make Skoolsports USA an awesome Camp opportunity for players throughout the USA".

Andy Thornton Skoolsports USA Co-Director said "Gateway and Skoolsports ethos and love of the game are intertwined and this is one of the reasons we have both agreed to move forward in this way. Having worked for Gateway for the past 14 years I am looking forward to bringing Skoolsports USA back to hotbeds of field hockey and working with familiar faces this Summer".

Coach Development

Skoolsports USA coaches have experience of developing coaching structures within Clubs and Schools covering age specific skill development, training exercises and tactical development. We can offer Schools in-service classes to develop club members/teachers understanding of the game and provide information which will ensure coaches will maximise their time with their players. For further information on Coach development opportunities or to discuss a bespoke plan for your School please email coaches@skoolsportsusa.org

 
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Meet the Team


Meet the Team

Meet the Team


Meet the Team

 

Colin Clarke

  • Skoolsports USA Technical Director & Founder
  • Great Britain U23 Women's Head Coach 2016
  • England U21 Women's Coach 2015-2016
    • Junior World Cup, Santiago Chile
  • Received PG Dip in Elite Coaching in 2014 from University of Central Lancashire (Craig Parnham received this award in 2012).
  • Scotland Senior Women Assistant Coach 2011 - 2015
    • European Championships, Poznan 2011 & Boom 2013
    • Champions Challenge 1, Glasgow 2014
    • Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014
  • Scotland U18 Girls Head Coach
    • European Championships Kampong, 2011 & Santander, 2013
  • Grange Men's 1st XI Coach Scottish Cup Winners 2009 / 2014 (European Qualification 2009-2015)
  • Khosa Ladies 1st XI Coach, Johannesburg, South Africa 2001
  • Former Scotland International Player

 

Andrew Thornton

  • Skoolsports USA Technical Director
  • UAlbany Associate Field Hockey Head Coach
  • 12 years Division 1 experience
  • 4 America East titles & 4 NCAA appearances
  • Final Four 2014
  • America East coaching staff of the year 2008 / 2009 / 2014
  • UAlbany’s Paula Heuser NFHCA National player of the year and 2014 Honda Sport Award Winner
  • USA Men’s Indoor Head Coach (2011-present)
  • USA Women’s Indoor Head Coach (2008-2011)
  • Former Scotland International player
  • Has coached over 200 camps throughout USA 

 

Natalie Barrett

  • Assistant Field Hockey Coach at Old Dominion University: Spring 2013- Present
  • 5 Years Division 1 Coaching Experience
  • Assistant at Syracuse University 2011 & 2012 Seasons: Big East Regular Season Title 2012, Big East Tournament Title 2011
  • Final Four 2012
  • Big East Staff of the Year: Syracuse 2012
  • Big East Staff of the Year: Old Dominion 2013
  • Big East Title 2013 Old Dominion
  • USA Field Hockey Level II Certification
  • Played at Kent State University 2005-2008: Captain 2008 and won 2 Mac Championships
  • Scotland U16 & U18 Squads
  • USA Filed Hockey Futures Elite Site Director
  • Coached over 50 camps throughout the USA

 

Megan Botteri

  • 2009 – 2011 – United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA), Team USA, Women’s National Indoor Team
  • 2010 – USFHA Women’s Indoor National Team – Team USA, Bronze Medal Winner Pan AM Games, Barquisimeto, Venezuela
  • 2010 – USFHA Women’s Indoor National Team – Team USA, Gold Medal Winners United States Women’s Open National Indoor Tournament
  • 2009 – USFHA Women’s National Indoor Team - Team USA, WASA Cup Indoor Int’l Tournament Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2009 – 2013 VCU Field Hockey Team, Varsity Goalkeeper 4-years, 2009 – 2013, Started 51 games
  • 2013 - NCAA A-10 All Championship Team – recorded 19 saves in double OT Semifinal Championship Game loss 1-0
  • 2013 - VCU Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2013 – NCAA Ranked 8th in Nation in Saves Percentage
  • 2009 - Gold Medal Winner, U-19 USFHA Futures National Championships
  • United States Field Hockey Association – Level 1 Coaching Accreditation
  • 2014 – Head Coach J. R. Tucker High School Field Hockey Team
  • Coached at over 25 camps throughout the USA since 2010
 
 
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Partners


Partners

Partners


Partners

Skoolsports USA is partnered with the following awesome people: