The Men’s Premier League Coaching group held an inaugural “Pathways Day” recently for twenty enthusiastic Under 18 and Under 16s Boys at Hillcrest.
The day was designed to give the Boys an insight into what pathways are available to them and what commitment is required, to progress to the next levels of the game including Premier League, National League and US College.
The day covered a myriad of issues including strength & conditioning, diet (presented by June McKenzie), recovery, game preparation and an interesting segment on the differences between refereeing at Junior & Senior levels (by Nathan Durant).
The subject of mental preparation, including goal setting was another topic discussed with the intention of getting the Boys thinking about what they wanted from the game and how they might go about achieving that. This also saw them brainstorm some of the options they have going forward.
In what turned out to be a very popular segment, the Boys were put through three physical “tests” (sprint, vertical leap and agility) in an effort to give them a measure of where they sit on a comparative scale against their peers, with results to be analysed and issued to each individual.
But probably the most interesting discussion was presented by Andrew Jantke, covering the requirements for College attendance, including some insight to academic eligibility, recruiting, selection, visits and accepting offers. Andrew provided some crucial details on what can and can’t be done and can offer advice to any individual. He is available via his website –
Head Men’s Coach Nathan Hawkes ran the day with help from Assistant Coaches Ray Girvin and Ben Selth.
A big thank you to June McKenzie, Andrew Jantke of High Performance Hoops, Nathan Durant and of course the ever present Barb Rowe for organising the day.
If feedback confirms a demand, it is certainly the intention to make this a more regular event on the calendar and expand the opportunity to other groups.