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Aug 21, 2015

Hockey camp returns for kids


After a number of years absence, the Streatham Junior Hockey camp made a welcome return this week. Former Redskins coach Adam Goldstone headed it up alongside current goalie Will Sanderson and defenseman David Carr.

Once one of the most established hockey camps in the country for junior players, Streatham used to host kids from around the country for summer holiday sessions at the old High Road rink.

After over a decade without any camps, last week saw the return of a five day intensive coaching clinic for sixteen junior hockey players from the club.

The new rink and facilities enabled the junior club to organise two hours of morning ice every day, supplemented by off-ice work in the sports hall in the afternoon.

The itinery also included a talk by a sports nutritionist advising the players of the best food and drink to consume for optimum performance.

Adam Goldstone brought the Redskins back from extinction in 2004 and will be coaching Streatham under 18's this coming season. Along with manager Mia Preece he managed to finally get the camp up and running with a limit on numbers for the first one. He said:

"It is so good to have a hockey camp back at Streatham, especially as we have not held one for quite a few years."
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"Now we have this fantastic rink and leisure facilities so it seemed an obvious decision to bring it back."

"Emily Simmons (ice rink manager) offered us a really good time slot every morning and use of the sports hall for off ice training."

"The players benefited and improved so much by being on the ice every day. We had boys and girls age range from 7-16 and we are hoping to build on this and come back next year with an even better event."

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