The Pro Consulting Level manifests the conclusion within the GDI camp structure. It is a guarantee for innovative techniques and tactics in the high-end sector. Individual consulting enables goalies to make detailed refinements within their game system. Due to the camp taking place at an early stage of the pre-season, these mechanisms can be sustainably adapted, since there is a lack of pressure caused by imminent competitions. All training programs are tailored to each pro-goalie’s needs under the direction of GDI Europe director Benedikt Weichert. The camp structure is coined by always guiding athletes to solutions that guarantee peak performance even at the highest level of play. The conceptual guideline: Will & Dedication to detail lead to Difference Making
Services and features of the Pro Consulting Program
GDI Europe Director Benedikt Weichert
Benedikt Weichert has been working for GDI since 1995. In 2006 he took office as General Manager and sports director of the GDI Europe Hockey Academy. In the past years, he repeatedly proved that he has the ability to push goalkeepers to the highest level of performance. One of his biggest strengths is the analytical study of all elements of the game and the ability to transform his observations into result-oriented methods and training modes. Innovative high-end techniques within the scope of the Pro Consulting Program are integrated in the latest and most innovative influences of modern goalkeeping. Focal points of the training include the establishment of effective shot preparation measures, refinement of control and the precision of the first save. In this way, an exceptional puck control as well as efficient post defense can be established. A further element is the improvement of density regarding ideal space coverage. For this purpose, various complex change of direction mechanisms are created. The main focus remains on a lateral game concept under top speed circumstances. This is why there’s intensive work on rush management in the tactical sector.
Pre analysis and priority setting
GDI will create a detailed analysis based on provided video footage.
Customized training exercises
All exercises are created to best serve the individual needs of each goalie and are based on the analysis produced prior to the training. The structure of the training program includes a gradual implementation. The qualitative repetitive character leads to structural changes.
GDI Skill Development Training
The number of participants is limited to max. 2 goalies per group. The number of practice groups is also limited to a maximum of 8 groups per on-ice session. All groups are coordinated according to the participants’ individual skills. Benedikt Weichert (and his assistant) will be in charge of the on-ice training and ensure a correct exercise structure and execution of the position play, techniques and tactics.
Since the year 2000, the GDI Pro Consulting Program has been taking place in the Cologne training facilities (Kölnarena II), the home of the Kölner Haie (hockey club). In close proximity to the Lanxess Arena, one of Europe’s most advanced hockey facilities is located. The Kölnarena II offers best training conditions, spacious changing rooms and common areas for athletes. The sportsbar restaurant is also part of the training facility.
Approach: The training facility is located on Gummersbacher Str. 4, 50679 Cologne (Deutz) in the immediate vicinity of the Lanxess Arena.