A dream come true” was how many participants described the 1&9 coaching clinic in September 2013 hosted by Gawler Hockey Club. The 1&9 coaching team, which consisted of Mark Knowles, Jamie Dwyer and Eddie Ockenden, provided excellent, easy to understand training drills and skills which all players enjoyed thoroughly. As Gawler Hockey Club is not a large club, we invited over 12 clubs throughout South Australia to attend this clinic with us and final numbers were in excess of 170 participants. The 1&9 coaching team handled these numbers easily and all participants were kept very busy. These guys are not only amazing players, they are also great coaches and had a wealth of experience when it came the Q & A sessions. The coaching clinic was invaluable for not only the participants but also the clubs involved, as meeting these high profile hockey players inspired everyone to keep practicing and playing hockey. This clinic also raised the profile of Gawler Hockey Club in South Australia, which will be invaluable in recruiting more new players. The feedback from the parents and participants was overwhelmingly positive and everyone walked away with a photo and autograph as a lasting memory of the clinic. Gawler Hockey Club would not hesitate to invite the 1&9 Coaching team back for some more clinics in the future
Lisa Johnson Junior Co-ordinator
As parents of a budding young hockey player we appreciate the amazing access to international players of the calibre that 1&9 Coaching Clinics offer.Kids are excited to play hockey with their heroes and 1&9 offers our kids the unique opportunity to learn skills and discipline whilst genuinely engaged and completely in “sponge mode”!
1&9 are able to provide age appropriate clinics, teaching skills and keeping kids on task, whilst 'wowing' our future Aussie champions with trick shots and demonstrating outstanding skills bound to keep their interest and engagement in the sport of hockey.It’s our belief that this sort of direct access from grass-roots kids’ hockey to some of the world’s best players is exactly the shot in the arm that our sport needs. Kids need the ability to touch and feel their role models and this fantastic programme joins the dots perfectly.Thank you Jamie Dwyer and Mark Knowles for an excellent initiative and for having the desire to do this for our sport. We can’t recommend 1&9 Coaching Clinics highly enough.
Lee & Derek Baston Parents of Oscar - aged 9
Jamie Dwyer and Mark Knowles from the Olympic Gold medal winning “Kookaburras” hockey team, started their own coaching business in January 2008 which is benefiting hockey players throughout Australia. The numbers 1 and 9 represent their shirt numbers in the Australian team. Jamie has been voted ‘World Hockey Player of the Year’ a record 5 times in 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and ‘Player of the World Cup 2006′. Jamie is recognised as one the top players in the world and his performances have see him become an icon of world sport. Mark was voted ‘World U/23 Hockey Player of the Year’ in 2007 and along with Jamie they make up 2 Kookaburras team captains. Between the 2 of them they have amassed over 500 international matches including Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and World Cup Gold Medals.