In August, we had the honor of hosting St. John’s-Kilmarnock’s field hockey team for a week-long team camp. This high school team made the 12+ hour trip to Spooky Nook from Breslau, Canada.
St. John’s-Kilmarnock is the only accredited IB World Continuum School in Southwestern, Ontario. The school, which was established in 1972, is for students from Junior Kindergarten – Grade 12. Located on a 36-acre campus, the school is equipped with a 15,000 square foot Athletics Center, seven outdoor play fields, and a large pond. In comparison, The Nook sits on 14-acres and has a 60,000 square foot fitness and sports performance training center.
The Nook’s week-long field hockey camp provides elite instruction from USA Field Hockey players like Ali McEvoy, Jill Witmer, and Jackie Briggs. McEvoy is the lead coach for this camp and has made the USA Field Hockey Women’s National Team roster for the past five years. Witmer & Briggs are 2016 Olympians recently returning home from Rio de Janeiro.
The team not only attends rigorous practices throughout the day with Olympians, but also participates in sports performance training. This specialized training helps the young athletes learn new techniques and ways to prevent injuries.
They also were able to experience all that Spooky Nook Sports has to offer by staying on-site at the Warehouse Hotel and eating meals prepared by our in-house culinary experts. When the team wasn’t training, they were able to have some fun in our Clip ‘N Climb area and explore other areas of the facility.
Spooky Nook’s Field Hockey Director Matt Soto states, “Our camps provide a wide array of experiences for athletes of all ages.” Adding, “Holding an International Team Camp is something Spooky Nook Field Hockey is very proud of and we look forward to hosting additional teams from Canada in the future.”