Working with the NZ Hockey U18 teams


In December 2018, we had the opportunity to run our Resilience Development Program with the National U18 Men’s & Women’s Hockey team. When we were asked to put these teams through their paces, we jumped at the chance. Working with high performance teams is what we do best.

We put both teams through a series of activities that pushed boundaries and equipped them with tools to achieve success in the year ahead, these included;

  • Shock of capture

  • Testing

  • Theory lessons on resilience

  • Activities to confirm the teachings

  • Working together as a team 

  • Working under pressure

  • Leaderless tasks

  • Time management

  • Reaching full potential

After the two days, it was clear all athletes had been pushed to their limits. We tested, tried and equipped them with tools to take their team and game to the next level. The feedback and response from the athletes and their coaches after the program was incredible. Despite the tough activities and probably a reluctance at times to complete or push through, each and every athlete said that they took something away from the experience and loved every minute.

“Our athletes described the resilience training day as one of the hardest, yet most rewarding days of their lives. The experience gained from this day is unique, challenging and uplifting. Organic Development were professional in all areas of the programme, the underlying messages the athletes learn are delivered in an exhilarating environment.”

"The experiences our National U18 hockey athletes had with Organic Development in their resilience day was awesome. The athletes were pushed to a level they had not experienced before and came out the other side with tools, which will help them in their quest to become international athletes. Tools such as visualisation, breathing techniques, self awareness and being positive in hard times will be with these athletes for life.

For me as a head coach, it was amazing to watch athletes work together under great pressure in a different environment. We found some real leaders in our group we did not expect.

The staff at Organic Development were amazing. They were very professional during the whole day. From our first meeting I felt the athletes were in for a day to remember and that they were safe hands.”

Head Coach National U18 Men’s Hockey team

Hockey NZ aso made a video of the day. Click here to watch

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