EKP Senior Team Camp 2024

4pm Friday 29 March – 6pm Sunday 31 March

It’s going to be an intensive weekend. Please make sure on the days running up to camp you sleep well, eat well and hydrate well!

Timings and welcome meeting
Please see the senior schedule 2024 – final v2 for full timings. We’ll be starting at 5pm with practice 1, then dinner and an introductory meeting. You can arrive anytime between 4pm-5pm but please make sure you’re there and ready to go for practice 1. If you know you’ll be late, let Amanda know. We’ll be finishing no later than 5.00pm for a 6.00pm exit on Sunday.

The training camp is at Strathallan School, Forgandenny, Perth, PH2 9EG. Strathallan is an independent school with great facilities. We’ve successfully held our camps here since 2016 and it’s been used as a Commonwealth Games training facility. Visit the directions and map for more location information.

We’re not providing transport to Strathallan. The nearest train station is in Perth, and then you will need to take a taxi to Strathallan. To reduce the number of cars on site and your costs, try and car share where possible. Offer lifts to your team mates if you have space.

Parking and parking pass
Please park in the visitors car park which is signposted, and if this is full, there is another car park by the synthetic pitches. Do NOT park your car on any of the roadways on the campus. If you’re unsure, ask.

All cars MUST clearly display a parking pass.  Car Pass – EK Pirates Spring 2024 – please print this out and put your name and reg number on it and make sure it’s visible on your dashboard. We will have a limited number of spare printed copies available.

Residential arrivals and rooms
You will be staying in Ruthven House. You can arrive and get entry to your room between 4-5pm. Go directly to your boarding house – please DO NOT go to the main reception building.  You can go straight to your allocated room.

Rooms are single and contain a sink, and there are shared toilet and shower facilities on each floor. The tap water in your room is drinkable. There are kitchen areas in the boarding house containing a kettle, fridge and microwave etc and a communal social area. Please remember many of the things in these areas have been bought by the students who live here in term time – so treat them accordingly. All damages must be paid for.

EK Pirates Spring 2024 – Ruthven Room Allocation – final v3

Common room area
Ruthven House has a common room on the bottom floor – this is available for you to use for your downtime. Please be respectful of any items such as the pool table. Do not set food or drinks or other items on this. Televisions and lights should be turned off after use. Rubbish placed in bins, and any cups returned to the dining hall. Please be especially mindful of food waste. Again, any damages will be paid for by the team.

Day participants
Please check the schedule, and aim to arrive for the first post-breakfast activity of the day. You will also be able to use showers in the boarding house, but may need to buddy up with a resident to use their room if you require changing space.

Included are dinner on the Friday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on the Sunday. For breakfast, lunch and dinner you’ll be able to choose from a range of options, canteen style. If you have any special dietary requirements and you have not already done so, please advise Amanda asap. Please bring any additional snacks you require.

Please note, the boarding houses are accessible by a swipe card, but individual rooms DO NOT lock. We will be the only parties using Ruthven boarding house, but please be aware you bring valuables (tablets, laptops, money, watches) at your own risk.

WIFI and mobile phones
There is good signal coverage for O2 and EE, and Vodafone coverage has been improved compared to previous years, but you may still find this limted In certain areas.  We ask that you keep your mobile usage to break times only – mobile phones must NOT be used during meetings. Bring paper and pen for notes. if you have a special reason to need to check your phone regularly, advise your coach.

Getting around
Strathallan has a large campus but please only stay within the areas we’ll be using.

Practice surface
We will be training on a mix of grass and water based hockey astro (for non-contact only practices) so bring suitable footwear for both. Astro shoes or trainers MUST be worn on the synthetic surfaces.

Keeping you healthy
We’re delighted to be joined by physiotherapist Ailie Freel for the whole weekend, who will be available to assess and support any injuries, provide first aid, taping, massage or general advice.

Please bring…
As well as your usual full practice kit and game kit including lowers, things you should bring include:

– Soap/shower gel/shampoo as toiletries aren’t provided
– Towels – these are not provided
– A spare pillow – only one is provided
– Any additional snacks / soft drinks you want
– Teabags / milk / coffee if you want to make hot drinks (there are usually mugs available, but you may wish to bring your own!)
– Notepad and pen for meetings
– Plenty of clothes – there are seven practices and you may have additional morning positional stuff. The Scottish weather is also unpredicatable. Plan accordingly.
– Plenty of spare socks. Consider double-socking for practice to avoid blisters
– Sliders for wearing for down time
– Swim shorts if you plan to take part in the pool session
– Chargers for any devices you bring

Pool sessions
A pool recovery session is scheduled over the weekend. A max of 20 players can attend each session. Please note, swimming caps MUST be worn (their rules, not ours!), but these will be provided.

We’ll need you to complete some team paperwork over the weekend – which includes signing player agreement forms and our player code of conduct.

Be a good guest!
There will be other guests staying at Strathallan, so please remember you are an ambassador for our club at all times. Be especially mindful of noise when moving between buildings / pitches and refrain from using bad language if there are other guests or school staff around.  This is a non-smoking facility, and please do not bring any alcohol. Please also do not leave kit lying about the dining area.

Clocks change
Please note, the clocks next go forward by one hour at 1am on 31 March 2024.


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