Junior League Management Committee Chair, Jacqueline Pye, has today confirmed that the Power of Ten programme introduced last week is being extended to include a special event for under 16 players. She said today. “I was asked by the Great Britain Women’s team staff to look at providing some competitive challenge games as part of the preparation for the GBU18 trip in January and with the JLMC ice time available at Ice Sheffield I have been able to accommodate the request.”
Jacquie has once again asked the England National Team Staff to help and a programme has been pulled together for Friday 23rd December which provides an opportunity for an extension to the Power of Ten development camp but for up to 20 current U16 players.
England GM, Gary Apsley, explains. “Ice Hockey UK have announced their squad for GBU16’s and we know that there are a considerable number of last season’s U15 England players who still need to be developed and the response to the Power of Ten initiative has been so good that this seems like a natural extension. It will be a real challenge for the GBU18 women and will give a lift to 20 or so young men who are not quite ready for GB.”
As announced last week, the JLMC’s latest initiative takes a cue from the Power of 10 programme that was introduced by British Athletics in 2006. The Power of 10 mission has inspired, motivated and improved standards of performance since its inception and has successfully instilled a real sense of purpose and value that has witnessed greater depth and higher standards in targeted athletics events across all age groups. Jacquie hopes to build on the experiences and successes enjoyed by our U16 players last season and ensure that their enthusiasm and commitment is maintained so that they keep to the development pathway rather than falling by the wayside.
England Head Coach, Ben Pitchley, and GM, Gary Apsley will be overseeing the new Power of 10 programme and are being kept busy by the JLMC as together they are working closer together than ever before which is exactly what the JLMC have been asking for since it was set-up two years ago.
Ben said. “I want us to keep pushing ahead with our collaborations with all sections of the Association’s programmes. It is what Clubs have been asking for and I am delighted that we are getting to a point where sections are demonstrating that they can work together for the benefit of the kids we are all so passionate about.”
The Power of Ten 2001 event will follow the recently announced U11 development day and will also be held at Ice Sheffield and the English Institute of Sport and will be a full day of activity to build on the core skills that are currently being implemented and developed by the England National Team Programme and the GB Women’s programme.
There will be a mix of on ice and off-ice activities along with classroom sessions which have all been designed as part of the wider elite player development model which is being used across all of the current England National Teams (U13, U14 and U15).
Invitations for the Power of 10 event will be sent to players by email
Event: JLMC Power of 10 (2001)
Target Group: Players born in 2001
Date: Friday 23rd December 2016
Venue: Ice Sheffield and English Institute of Sport
Time: 07:30 till 18:00
Format: Off-ice training, exercise and testing (2.5 hours)
On ice drills, tests and competitive games (3.25 hours)
Class room lectures, video review and tactical analysis.
Cost: £75 all inclusive.