Head Coaches

The Sally Walton Hockey Academy24th - 27th July, 2018

Before embarking on a career as an international hockey player, keen Chelsea supporter Sally Walton played football for Aston Villa Ladies. Having made her international debut in 2005, Sally, from Solihull, made her Olympic debut during London 2012. In recent years, she has been a regular member of the England and Great Britain squads that have won medals at every major championship. At the 2009 EuroHockey Nations Championships, she donned the goalkeeping pads – and made several key saves – in a match against the Netherlands after goalkeeper Beth Storry dislocated her shoulder with England’s reserve goalkeeper not listed among the substitutes. Sally was the 100th athlete to be selected to Team GB by the British Olympic Association for the London Olympic Games. Following the success of the Easter programme, this will be Sally’s second academy at Holmewood House.

Course Programme:

Introducing and developing core skills

Pushing, slapping and hitting

Set piece skills

Basic penalty corner strategy

Dribbling with speed

Small sided games

Tackling correctly


The Martin Allen Soccer Academy24th - 27th July, 2018

Martin is an English former football player and current Head coach of Barnet FC. He played more than 100 games for each Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United before finishing his playing career with Portsmouth and Southend United. Five years later, he took his first job in management. He has since managed Brentford, Milton Keynes Dons, Leicester City, Cheltenham Town, Barnet and Notts County. Martin is also a regular football pundit on Sky Sports.

Course Programme:

Train like a professional

Attack & defending systems

Short & long passing

Shooting technique

Tricks & skills

Control and first touch

Body movement

Small sided games


The Lindsay Keable Netball Academy31st July - 3rd August, 2018

Lindsay was part of the England Netball team which achieved an historic 3 – 0 Series whitewash against Australia in 2013. She has won 11 international caps as a Goal Keeper, as well as playing in the England Fast 5 team. She has played in the Superleague for ten years, including the last five at Hertfordshire Mavericks, where she is currently captain. She was in the Superleague Champion team in 2011 and reached the final again in 2015.

Course Programme:

Developing modern passing skills

Position specific footwork drills

Creating attacking opportunities

Winning the interception Unit and full court attack

Man to man and zone defence

Attacking the circle edge

Centre pass strategies

The Pete Richards Rugby Academy31st July - 3rd August, 2018

Currently Head Coach at National One side Old Elthamian’s academy. A former International rugby player and World Cup finalist with England. Played over 150 games in the English Premiership, winning both the Heineken Cup and the Premiership with Wasps. A highly experienced 7s player, Peter spent two years playing for England in the IR B 7s circuit, winning tournaments in Hong Kong London and Dubai, where he was also player of the tournament. As a coach he has worked in the professional game as Head coach of London Irish academy and Director of rugby at London Scottish and has international experience as Technical Director to the Israeli national 7s team.

Course Programme:

Handling Movement


Speed training

Spatial Awareness

Spatial Manipulation

Defensive Shape

Contact Area

Games & tournaments