Meet Our Coaches

6 Questions with Alan Wall

Tell us a little more about you?
I am the Assistant Director of Hockey here at the Edinburgh Academy. As well as working at EA, I'm also Head of the Emerging Boys Pathway for Scottish Hockey, Brave Academy and responsible for the National U16 team. Lastly, I'm the Head Coach of Inverleith Men’s Hockey Club, playing top division hockey in Scotland.

Tell us about your coaching team?
We have a really exciting group of coaches for our Easter Camps, who are all currently or previously Youth International players.

All coaches have a real understanding of what it takes to be an exceptional hockey player at a young age. Their knowledge and skills will help to make each session fun and engaging. I will personally be overseeing each camp to ensure all sessions are tailored to the children’s abilities.

Is the camp open to all?
Our hockey camp is a mixed ability camp which is accessible to everyone. We welcome everyone from beginners to young players hoping to play international. Our sessions will be designed with your abilities in mind to assure everyone gets the most out of each session and learn something new each day.

What will the camps focus on?
For our younger players the focus will be on fun! Engaging the children in fun games to assist them in improving their technical abilities on and off the ball, all while having an enjoyable experience.

For our older age groups we have two main focuses, technical skills and game play. Our unique sessions will look at elevating the children’s technical skills from how we pass to carrying positions. In addition, children will learn game play through defensive and attacking tactics and underload and overload situations.

What should the children bring along to camp?
Children should wear comfortable clothing and trainers for playing along with a snack and water bottle to keep hydrated throughout the session. For safety, all children should bring their own shin pads and a mouth guard each day.

What if the weather is poor?
With the ever changing weather here in Scotland, please ensure children bring along waterproof clothing and layers for colder temperatures. If the weather turns extreme and we cannot play Hockey there will be access to indoor facilities to participate in some fun team building and hockey exercises.

Alan Wall - Assistant Hockey Director