WARRNAMBOOL hockey export Phil Frost will use a two-day training camp in his home town to promote the game he loves and open pathways to elite competition for juniors.
Geelong-based Frost, the Australian over 50s captain, is taking a break from his preparations for June’s World Cup to hold clinics in Warrnambool tomorrow and Sunday.
Frost, who is coach of the Ballarat-based WestVic women’s top-level state league side, will put his players through their paces in Warrnambool over the weekend as they build up to the season. The players, aged 16 to 36, will then help him run a series of clinics for Warrnambool juniors.
He said his Ballarat club was keen to promote the sport in other regional centres that could provide potential recruits.
Instead of players travelling from Warrnambool to Melbourne to play at a higher level, they could travel significantly less by joining the Ballarat club.
“I played in Warrnambool all my life until I left (in 1990) and if I had the opportunity when I was in Warrnambool, who knows where I would have ended up,” he said.
Among those coming with Frost for the training camp is former Warrnambool player Bonnie Arnel. Frost is a talent identification scout for Hockey Victoria’s under 13 girls and last year he noticed several talented players in Warrnambool.
“I thought I would bring my training camp to Warrnambool and help promote the sport to young players.”
He will run a clinic tomorrow for about 24 under 17 players between 2pm and 3.30pm in between training sessions for his women’s side at Warrnambool’s Albert Park hockey complex.
On Sunday he will run a two-hour clinic for 12 to 14-year-old boys and girls between 10am and noon.