Young field hockey players on Prince Edward Island were given a chance to brush up with some of the best in sport at a players clinic at the University of P.E.I.

Katie Baker and teammates

Katie Baker, the former captain of the Canadian field hockey team has done clinics on the Island before, but this time, she brought along her friends and former teammates. (From left to right: Baker, Sam Smith, Leigh Sandison, Tyla Flexman, Thea Culley, Marian Dickinson) (Katerina Georgieva/CBC)

Katie Baker, the former captain of the Canadian field hockey team, hosted the clinic with the help of her friends and former teammates, Sam Smith, Leigh Sandison, Tyla Flexman, Thea Culley and Marian Dickinson.

"This is the first time that this many international field hockey players have been on P.E.I. at the same time. So, thought we'd take advantage of it," said Baker.

Field hockey players clinic

Players divided up into age groups, from grade seven to university level. Each group was assigned a coach. (Katerina Georgieva/CBC)

About 50 young players — almost all of them girls — got together at the clinic to learn from the pro athletes.

Field hockey players

The young players got to work on their basic skills, learn new drills and ask the professional athletes questions about the sport. (Katerina Georgieva/CBC)

Sarah Handel

Sarah Handel, 20, travelled from Halifax to attend the clinic. (Katerina Georgieva/CBC)

Some of the attendees, like Sarah Handel, 20 — a student at Saint Mary's University in Halifax — travelled from off the Island to attend the clinic.

"[I'm] always going to take an opportunity to learn from people who have played on the national team and kind of get the highest level that you can in this sport — people I definitely look up to," said Handel.

Thea Culley

Thea Culley, a former member of the women's national field hockey team, coached a group of university students during the players clinic at U.P.E.I. (Katerina Georgieva/CBC)

"We're just here to kind of share our love of the game as well as provide as much coaching as we possibly can while we're on the Island," said Thea Culley, a former member of the women's national field hockey team.

Katie Baker and her former teammates

Katie Baker and her former teammates address the group of young players at the clinic. (Katerina Georgieva/CBC)

The pro players are on the Island to do more than just support young players — Katie Baker is getting married this weekend. She's happy to be running the clinic the day before her wedding.

"I'm really excited. I'm happy to see such an amazing turn out. There's a lot of coaches who have also come out to learn some things.... Having all of my best friends on Prince Edward Island, and seeing where I come from, and then getting to share field hockey knowledge, it's really a dream come true," said Baker.

Katie Baker

Not only is Katie Baker hosting the clinic on the Island, she's also getting married this weekend. (Katerina Georgieva/CBC)

"We would encourage more players to come out and play field hockey. It's a wonderful sport. It's great teamwork, it's fast, it's high paced, it involves a lot of skill, and it's just all-around fun. So, find your local club, your high school that plays, and get out there and have fun," said Culley.

Field hockey

Sports are important for kids as they grow up, explained Baker. (Katerina Georgieva/CBC)

The clinic is a Field Hockey Canada sanctioned event. All proceeds are going to KidSport P.E.I.