Monthly Archives: June 2015

See the Crazy Catch at events this summer …

Good news Crazy Catch fans … we will be out and about this summer at various sporty events! Come along and give the Crazy Catch one minute challenge a go or join in with our Goalkeeper Coaching events in partnership with some of the best coaches around! Those with tickets to the Ashes Test Match at Lords or Sportsfest at Wormsley will see us too! … remember whatever your sport, improve your skills with Crazy Catch, the Ultimate Rebound Net.

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The Crazy Catch zone at Sportfest

Diary of appearances…

  • 10th – 12th July  – GO FEST, Surrey Sports Park

The UK’s family festival of Sport, Dance, Health and Fitness. Book now at http://gofest.co.uk/

  • 16th-20th July – 2nd Ashes Test at Lords – Nursery Ground funzone
  • 1st – 2nd August – Sportsfest, Wormsley

Camp out in the beautiful Wormsley estate and enjoy coaching from sporting legends, music, great food and competitions for the whole family. Book now at http://sport-fest.co.uk/

  • Saturday 5th September – Eng v Aus ODI at Lords

In addition we will be supporting the Futures Hockey camps running throughout the summer – more information at http://www.futuressports.com/

#WSW15 – Here come the Crazy Catch girls …

Over the years, Crazy Catch have been proud to support a number of leading figures in women’s sport as they seek to improve their skills and take their game to the next level. For #WSW15 we thought it would be a great opportunity to showcase their achievements and promote their upcoming events. It’s really good to see more support for women’s sport in the media with Sky Sports’ coverage of the Netball Superleague particularly impressive; however there is still a long way to go before coverage is on a par with that of prominent and fully professional men’s sports like Football and Rugby.

Hockey – Last year we filmed our “Not Giving In” video with Maddie Hinch … it now has over 12,500 hits and has prompted many other international teams to use the product in their training too. The saves that Maddie pulls off in the video are consistent with her form on the international stage where she is regarded as one of the best in the world.

Maddie and the rest of the GB team are currently heading to Valencia for the World League which forms part of the Olympic qualification process for Rio. We must also mention Sabbie Heesh, Leicester HC number 1 who has recently joined the GB centralised program… do check out how she faired against Georgina and Jenna AKA Team Trouble! (WATCH)

Netball – Netball is soaring in popularity, both in terms of participation and support for the England team and domestic netball games, which saw record attendances this year as Surrey Storm won the Superleague. Crazy Catch is a hugely popular training aid, with the unpredictable rebound providing challenge for players of all abilities. Sasha Corbin has used Crazy Catch in a few of her #solosessions videos which have been very popular and with the Netball World Cup coming up this August in Sydney – you will have to watch this space for some more exciting footage!

Football – The Women’s World Cup will begin very shortly in Canada and all England’s matches will be televised on the BBC. The Crazy Catches are used in training by the England Women especially the goalkeepers working under Lee Kendal and we have our fingers crossed and wish them well for the tournament 😉

Siobhan Chamberlain training at St Georges Park ahead of the Women's World Cup

Siobhan Chamberlain training at St Georges Park ahead of the Women’s World Cup

Cricket – Women’s cricket last year offered its first set of professional contracts and we have previously worked with the likes of Jenny Gunn, Heather Knight and Charlotte Edwards who have done a great job in inspiring a new generation of girls taking up the sport with the Crazy Catch being a great fun product to improve your catching skills and reactions.

As well as that, we have leading female athletes in other sports – also using the product and we love to hear your stories too. You can tweet us @CrazyCatchUK or tag us in your videos and photos on Instagram with the same account name.

Crazy Catch supply the England B1 goalkeepers ahead of Silver at the World Games

The England B1 blind squad have recently returned from the IBSA world games in Seoul with a silver medal and Crazy Catch were delighted to support their preparation for this event.

Back in January we filmed the squad training at St Georges Park … watching blind football for the first time is truly inspiring and the skills of the outfield players is quite incredible. The goalkeepers in B1 football play a huge role in the game and being fully sighted they are the eyes of the game and effective communication is very important. Technique wise, with smaller pitches and goals its very much about reactions and agility so the Crazy Catch is a natural fit in terms of recreating these scenarios. Working with the squads goalkeeers Dan James, Dylan Malpas and Lewis Skyers is Tony Elliott who also works with the England futsal squad which has some great overlaps.

B1 football has become one of the biggest sports on the Paralympic Games programme following its debut at the Athens 2004 games. This was recognised at the recent London 2012 Paralympic Games when the number of teams taking part rose from six to eight.  In Seoul The Three Lions – playing in their first IBSA final in six years – had led through a 24th-minute Dan English penalty, but Argentina scored twice in the final 37 seconds to claim the title.

Silver medal for the B1 squad

Silver medal for the B1 squad

Despite the disappointment, they will take solace from the fact they went far further than many would have predicted at the outset of the campaign. (Read more at http://www.thefa.com/news/england/development/2015/may/england-blind-settle-for-silver-at-ibsa-world-games#Czq3gIuCExGTDPGC.99 )