Welcome to ‘The Home’, the new state-of-the-art training facility for coaching company MT13.
The Hockey Paper went to The Home to speak to Matt Taylor about what gave him the passion to coach hockey, which high-profile Olympians he has worked with, and how the company is seeking to have a bigger impact in the coming years, by starting a coach development programme alongside the player sessions.
For a company renowned for its tireless commitment to innovation, Taylor, the former England international, has built a successful coaching company, which includes residential and elite residential camps.
The indoor venue is believed to be the only one of its kind in the UK.
Measuring 40m x 20m and fully laid with artificial turf, it has two goals, two D’s, and equipped with an impressive range of coaching aids including ball machines, heavy hockey skill balls, skill hurdles, goal banners to enhance shooting accuracy, rebound walls and inflatable defenders.
These aids bring fun to the sessions, challenging the players and honing their skills.
The Home is also rigged with a sophisticated camera system allowing for immediate touchscreen analysis. It is ideal for one-to-one coaching sessions which don’t require a full pitch.
This new format enables players to have a bespoke session designed for them focussing on specific areas they wish to develop. These sessions can be shared by up to four players. In addition Small Group Sessions are also available for up to 16 players.
You can book sessions with MT13 here