CENTEX (ENGLAND ACADEMY)
CENTEX (Centre for Excellence) was the original talent identification pathway for England Under 19 women lacrosse players and was the brainchild of Top Class Sport.
The programme was formed in January 2004 after a recognition that the current and accepted practice of selection and training for Under 19 England women, did not fully serve its purpose. The aim of Centex was to benefit players who aspired, and had the potential to represent England at Under 19 level and/or beyond whilst ensuring their suitability for selection.
Once players were invited to attend, there were a series of coaching squads and competitive situations held throughout the year. These events enabled player development and assessment of various aspects of their play to be facilitated. The training days included physical, mental, tactical and match play, fitness, lifestyle choices, individual and group feedback, as well as a focus on the area of greatest importance, player attitude.
The tiered and progressive system provided opportunities for players to develop the necessary skills and qualities thus ensuring that they were ready to proceed from a regional to national level.
Coaches, who were of an exceptional calibre, had a wealth of knowledge and experience of both playing the game at the highest level, and coaching. Alongside them younger, less experienced coaches worked as assistants in order to gain valuable experience themselves and thus provide continuity in the programme. Many coaches also worked on both regional and national centres in order to track players and also use for comparison purposes.
Top Class Sport ran Centex for 5 years in a voluntary capacity before being contracted to co-ordinate the programme on behalf of the English Lacrosse Association.
Centex was proven to be so successful and productive that a similar model was adopted for the England Under 19 men with the final compliment of Sport England recognition and funding for the National Governing Body. In April 2013 Top Class Sport resigned from its position as co-ordinator and since then the programme has seen some adaptations including a renaming to the England Academy.
We are exceptionally proud to have both initiated and developed this programme, which has been recognized and adopted by English Lacrosse.
SHOOTING AND GOALKEEPING
One Day Lacrosse Clinic
Imperial College, Middlesex, UB3 5AQ
31 MAY 2014
The Shooting and Goalkeeping Clinic is a one day innovative course. International coaches and players assist players of all ages and standards to develop current and new shooting and goalkeeping techniques. The players learn and practise different attacking and shooting skills to help raise their match scoring percentage in both controlled and pressured situations, with and without opponents. Likewise, the goalkeepers are coached in small groups or individually, according to experience, and are afforded the opportunity to practise making numerous saves in both controlled and competitive situations; they are encouraged to work hard on improving their saving percentage and communication, as well as making good decisions when intercepting, winning ground balls and clearing.
By the end of the day’s challenges and competitions, for which there are team and individual prizes awarded, it is anticipated that all players will return to their school and club more confident and knowledgeable in the art of scoring goals together with a keen understanding of the full role a goalkeeper plays in their team.
Lacrosse & Multi-Activity
Wycombe Abbey School, Bucks, HP11 1PE
14–17 JULY 2014
21–24 JULY 2014
This unique residential and non-residential camp, with its lacrosse and multi-activity sports programme is set in the superb grounds of Wycombe Abbey School. Girls of all ages and abilities are provided with top flight coaching and the chance to use the school's state of the art sports complex which is available throughout the day and evening. Senior England and Under 19 Head Coaches, together with the 2009 England World Cup players, form the main group of experienced coaches. The England players not only coach, but also lead and participate in competitive game play alongside the students, as well as giving individual tuition and mentoring in specialist areas - thus affording every attendee the 'chance of a life time'.
Whether the player is a beginner, novice or elite participant in any activity our experienced coaches will evaluate their ability and monitor their progress through an appropriately stimulating and fun environment as well as giving individual advice and feedback.
Furthermore, ALL activities are coached by personnel with current qualifications in the activity and who have an up to date CRB check. First Aiders are present throughout the day and night.
The programme consists of EITHER a full day of lacrosse coaching in skill technique and tactical game play OR a half day of lacrosse + a half day of participation in a variety of sporting activities of their choice including:
Climbing wall, tennis, cricket, team building, SAQ, trampolining, dance, squash, football, basketball, tag rugby, netball, hockey, golf, volleyball, water based activities, cheerleading, fitness studio, table tennis, team games, dodgeball, treasure hunt, ultimate frisbee, rounders, badminton and much more.....!!!!
Evening activities are organised for all residential campers after which residents may relax, with each other and the staff, in the comfort of their accomodation. All houses have large common rooms with television, DVD and music facilities.
Single or shared room accommodation is available.
Example of typical day's programme:
|8.00 - 8.30||Breakfast (residents only)|
|9.15 - 10.30||Session 1 - Lacrosse|
|11.00 - 12.15||Session 2 - Lacrosse|
|12.30 - 2.00||Lunch|
|2.15 - 3.30||Session 3 - Sport of choice|
|4.00 - 5.15||Session 4 - Sport of choice|
|6.00 - 7.00||Evening Meal (residents only)|
|7.30 - 8.30||Session 5 - Sport of choice (residents only)|
|8.30 onwards||Free time in houses|
|Television, DVD and music facilities available|
The opportunity to purchase lacrosse kit and equipment is available at the camp.
Free No Boundaries t-shirts are given to all campers.
Performance Lacrosse Camp
Cranleigh School, Surrey, GU6 8QQ
29 JULY –
1 AUGUST 2014
The Lacrosse Academy is a high calibre lacrosse camp boasting exclusive tuition from Senior England’s 2009 World Cup Head Coach, Lois Richardson, Under 19 Head Coach, Anne Smith, together with many of the leading World Cup players who competed in Prague this summer.
This camp, the only one of its kind, offer's young aspiring players, aged fourteen years upwards, the chance to learn recent world cup tactics, watch world cup videos of all the teams and play with and against England's world cup midfield, attack and defence players. England Lacrosse Head Coaches and players will personally coach and advise individuals how to improve their game tactically and mentally, as well as give tips and advice on the most recent skill techniques for all areas of the field, including goalkeepers.
Ultimately, the Academy will challenge participants to strive to reach new levels in their personal game as well as enabling them to become more confident unit players in attack, midfield and defence, thereby preparing them for their school, county and territorial teams in the ensuing season.
All players are able to participate in video filming and analysis of their own individual game, as well as team tactics. Written feedback is produced for all players and will be sent to participant’s teachers and coaches as requested.
Starter & Refresher - Lacrosse Camp
Old Caterhamians Sports Club,
Park Avenue, Caterham, Surrey, CR3 6AH
Berkhamsted School Sports Fields,
Berkhamsted, Herts, HP4 3AE
19 - 21 AUGUST
26 - 28 AUGUST 2014
These camps are specifically geared towards lacrosse beginners and girls who have played for one or two years and would like to enhance their knowledge and prepare for school and club lacrosse in September; players are grouped according to age and experience in order to work on skills and tactics applicable to their level. The aim is to prepare the players for the upcoming season and help them develop and enhance their stick skills, tactical knowledge and competitive game play. It will enable each individual to meet the new challenges lacrosse brings, at their school or club, with confidence and excited anticipation as well as making new friends and sharing in the enjoyment of team sport. A great way to build confidence for the start of the season!
Free Stick It t-shirts are given to all campers.
Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hanworth Road, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 3HF
22 - 23 OCTOBER 2014
The Double Team Lacrosse Clinic is a two day mid season course, in the October half term, coached by International coaches and players for players of all ages and standards; groups are created according to age and ability. Across the two days the programme offers individual stick skill development, including stick tricks to create a more flexible and reliable player. There is also a focus on attacking and defensive skills and tactics. Players also have the opportunity to play 'open' and conditioned games in order to enhance their ability to apply tactics and create the most advantageous situation for themselves and their team. The clinic was created to facilitate players' development during the season.
YEARS 7 & 8
YEARS 9, 10 & 11
YEARS 7 & 8
YEARS 7 & 8
2 January 2014
Guildford High School, Guildford, Surrey,
3, 4 January & 20 February 2014
Wycombe Abbey School, Bucks, HP11 1PE
2 JANUARY 2014
3 JANUARY 2014
4 JANUARY 2014
20 FEBRUARY 2014
‘Beat the weather’ and do your lacrosse training indoors! At Top Class Sport’s popular INDOOR LACROSSE CLINIC(sold out in 2013), at Wycombe Abbey School and Guildford High School's Sport’s Centre, players will take part in practical work for lacrosse SKILLS and TACTICS for the outdoor game; these will be coached and applied in an exciting, competitive and energising INDOOR TOURNAMENT!
Inside Out will engage and challenge players and also help prepare them for their next term of lacrosse! Participants, under the guidance of our very experienced coaches, will learn and practise skill techniques for attack and defence, while building upon their existing tactical knowledge; they will also be able to work closely as part of a TEAM throughout the day, thereby building CO-OPERATION and SELF ESTEEM, as well as making new friends and having FUN!
Inside Out has LIMITED PLACES and therefore requires EARLY BOOKING if individuals are not to be disappointed.
Day 1 10.00 – 3.00 Year 7 & 8 girls 2 January 2014
Day 2 10.00 – 3.00 Year 9, 10 & 11 girls 3 January 2014
Day 3 10.00 – 3.00 Year 7 & 8 girls 4 January 2014
Day 4 10.00 – 3.00 Year 7 & 8 girls 20 February 2014
CHECK IT OUT
Multi-Activity Sports Camp
This is an exceptional, non-residential multi-activity sports camp that provides a unique ‘taster’ opportunity for girls aged 8 – 11 years old. It is held at the prestigious Wycombe Abbey School which is set in160 acres and situated on the edge of High Wycombe, only one mile from the M40 motorway.
This breath-taking venue, with its superb and expansive facilities, allows all attendees to reach their potential in a controlled, safe but challenging indoor and outdoor environment. While having terrific fun and exercising under the watchful eye of staff, girls can engage in new and exciting adventures across a multitude of sports that are tailored to age and ability. All the participants are able to enjoy working with others, building confidence and developing life skills such as team work, co-operation, problem solving and leadership. Awards and prizes are made available to every individual for effort and achievement; qualifications in some activities may also be acquired.
Wycombe Abbey’s state of the art Sports Centre enables individuals to try out many different and varied options which may include climbing wall, short tennis, introduction to field lacrosse, pop lacrosse, kwik cricket, team building, SAQ, trampolining, dance, squash, football, basketball, tag rugby, netball, hockey, golf, volleyball, water based activities, cheerleading, table tennis, team games, dodgeball, treasure hunt, ultimate frisbee, rounders, badminton, and much more……!! Contrasting and relaxing activities are also offered each day to allow young and energetic participants to re-charge their batteries and also to allow them to develop and enhance their knowledge about the importance of well being and a balanced diet. These may include, but are not limited to, various hobbies, crafts, drama as well as health and fitness programmes/instruction, including the importance of good nutrition and exercise.
Campers will be coached and accompanied by enthusiastic and caring staff who are sensitive to the needs of each individual. All senior staff are fully qualified physical education teachers, specifically qualified instructors and /or international players and coaches.
Every coach and staff member is vetted by the Criminal Records Bureau.
First Aid qualified staff are always present.
- Free T-shirt
- Drink and snack each morning and afternoon break
- Escorted Transport available from some pick up and drop off points
- Early Bird and Late Owl extended hours
Example of a typical day's programme:
8.00 - 9.30 Early Bird
9.30 - 10.15 Familiarisation and Treasure Hunt
10.15 – 11.00 Team Games
11.00 – 11.15 Break (drink + snack provided)
11.15 – 12.15 Choice: Climbing Wall or Golf
12.15 – 1.15 Lunch + problem solving
1.15 – 2.00 Crafts
2.00 – 2.45 Racket Sports
2.45 – 3.00 Break (drink + snack provided)
3.00 – 3.45 Choice: Water Based Activity or Cheerleading
4.00 - 5.30 Late Owl
Tennis & Multi-Activity Sports Camps
The No Strings Camps work on the same principle as the No Boundaries Camps except Tennis is substituted for Lacrosse.
Free No Strings t-shirts are given to all campers.