Cairns Hockey Association | Pathways & Skill Development

One of the longer term objectives included in the Cairns Hockey Strategic Plan 2016-2020, is to provide support for pathway programs and expand opportunities through Cairns Hockey for hockey participants to increase skill levels whether they are playing and/or coaching.

In 2018the skill development will extend to umpires and officials as well.

Cairns Hockey Association | Coaching Team Personnel

Regional Coaching and Competitions Director

David McNeil

David McNeil is a highly recognized mentor coach with extensive experience at international, national and state level. He is a highly valued member of Cairns Hockey.

David’s new role  is responsible for driving the strategic objectives of sustained growth, expanding competitive and social competitions and successful pathways. This includes taking over the management of the CHA competition, chairing the competitions committee, drives and delivers local and regional competition, coaching support, mentors and training, game development, recruitment and retention across pre season, winter, summer, Indoor, Social and Rep programs including Academy and other pathway programs.




Regional Coaching and Aspire Coordinator

Wesley Ferns

Wes Ferns continues his professional development in 2018 with his appointment to the coaching staff of the Hockey Queensland Under 15 Boys Team to contest the national championships. He has completed a Level 2 Coaching Course and has been involved in many high quality mentoring programs.
Wes will be responsible for driving and supporting the local coach training programs, delivering the Coach Mentor Support Program in association with David McNeil. He looks after the coordination of the recruitment and school programs and drives the junior academy and specialist training programs and representative programs under the mentoring of David McNeil.  The linking of the Aspire to be Deadly Program with mainstream support is an important element of this position and while Wes will report to Regional Competitions and Coaching Director in all aspects of growth, competition and pathway associated programs, Wes has the added responsibility of reporting to Operations Manager in relation to the Aspire to be Deadly Program.

Trainee Development Officer Aspire


Lisa Fatnowna
Lisa continues the role developed by her sister Jess Fatnowna as trainee hockey development officer. The role includes supporting and delivering programs across recruitment and development, will be assisting in school hockey programs, assist the Junior Programs, deliver Aspire to be Deadly and her role is expanded to offer some administrative support

Casual Program Support

Jess Fatnowna

Jess remains with Cairns Hockey working 15 hours a week and undertaking various duties including Aspire Programs, office support and mentoring and leadership roles

Look out for more information on the following:-

  • Coach Mentor Support Program
  • Skill Development
  • Accreditation and Training Programs
  • Cairns Regional Hockey Academy Programs
  • Representative Team Support
  • Higher Performance Talent Identification Programs

Want to be involved in Cairns Hockey coaching? Contact David McNeil on phone (07) 4053 2348 or email

Cairns Hockey Association | Cairns Regional Hockey Academy

Cairns Hockey has a long and proud history of our players competing successfully at regional, state, national and international levels. To advance and improve these opportunities now and in the future, the Cairns Regional Hockey Academy has been established to deliver programs designed to:

  • Improve the individual’s fundamental skills and knowledge of the game
  • Improve the coach’s fundamental skills and knowledge of the game
  • Deliver advanced skills training
  • Establish a mentor support program to support players and coaches in their challenge to attain state, national and international representation

Our Academy staff are nationally accredited coaches and provide a wealth of experience and expertise through their life long involvement with hockey at state, national and international levels.

The Academy accesses specialist staff from Hockey Queensland and the Queensland Academy of Sport, as well as Hockey Australia, to ensure that participants receive the highest level of coaching available. Information on Academy Programs will be published as they are confirmed.

Cairns Hockey Association | Skill Development Programs

In 2016 the focus of the Development Program is on skills training and providing specialist tools for development.

Goal Keeping

This year Cairns Hockey is introducing a Goal Keeping Academy for all ages and skill levels. The set up is two sessions each week for 4 weeks:
– one session focusing on Goal keeping skills; and
– one session (in conjunction with Fit360) focusing on fitness specifically for goal keepers.

This is not an age based academy, rather there are three skill level based groups.
– Developing ($TBA)
– Aspiring ($TBA)
– Advanced ($TBA)

I’ve copied in the video which contains more details on the groups.

All academy members will train at Fit360 on Mulgrave Road on Thursdays around 6pm (time not concrete) while the skill sessions will be divided based on groups on Thursday and Friday nights and Sunday afternoons.

No start date has been set.



Drag Flicking

For the coaches who want to learn more about coaching and improving drag flickers in your team, there is specialised drag flicking coach education available upon request. Please contact

Dragflicking clinics for players will be scheduled on request.


Cairns Hockey On Line Coaching Workshops

Cairns Hockey Coaching Department is working hard to produce informative and convenient on line resources that enable our members to access current and relevant content.

Follow this link to choose from an extensive playlist of coaching information.

If you want to know more then contact Cairns Hockey Coaching Department- David McNeil or Matt Cook –


Cairns Hockey Association | Accreditation and Mentor Programs

Cairns Hockey will be running a number of training and accreditation courses during the year. All Hockey Accreditation is delivered in accordance with the Hockey Australia Hockey Ed Requirements.
Information on Hockey Ed can be obtained through

More information on when the Coaching Accreditation Courses will be held, will be published on this site, as and when dates and times are confirmed.

If you would like to express interest in attending an accreditation course, please contact David McNeil, Cairns

Hockey Regional Coaching Director, on phone 4053 2348 or

Cairns Mentor Coach Program

Mentoring is an effective way for coaches and officials to learn and develop, under the supervision of a senior coach or official. Mentors can assist with coaching or officiating skills improvement and be a sounding board for problems.

Mentoring relationships can be formally structured, with mentors assigned to coaches or officials, or they can be very informal. A mentor can be equally useful for a new coach or official just starting out, or for an elite coach or official with many years of experience. An overview of mentoring can be downloaded below.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact

If you are interested in being mentored, please contact

For more information, please contact David McNeil on phone (07) 4053 2348 or email

Cairns Hockey Association |Resources for Members


Cairns Hockey Online Coaching Resources



Age Skill Requirements





This information is provided through Clearing House for Sport delivered by Australian Sports Commission

The information resources within the Clearinghouse for Sport (Clearinghouse) Knowledge Base aim to answer a range of common questions, but also provide a basis for discussion within and beyond the Australian sport and active recreation sectors. The resources presented in this section of the Clearinghouse have been organised for the benefit of Australia’s active recreation community members including administrators, volunteers, officials, participants, physical fitness educators and instructors, researchers, students, and government policy advisors.

Cairns Hockey provides these easy links to Member Clubs and Volunteers with the view they can use these as resources to assist with the local challenges. Cairns Hockey will work with any Club or membership group to advance hockey in the Cairns Region










Coaching Resources


Hockey PLus+ Coaches Manual

In the light of media this morning regarding a study of ACL injuries that found a significant increase in injury among young people the link below takes you to the Hockey Plus+ resources that were initially developed on work undertaken by Phil Moreland (ex-ACTAS) and currently at the Scottish Institute of Sport. The resources were further developed in conjunction with the Western Australian Department of Sport and Recreation during a 2 year pilot program. They explain and outline in a simple framework how to integrate movement exercises into training to reduce injury occurrence. They have previously been circulated by the uptake would appear to be low.

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