By John Tuerijama
NATIONAL women hockey coach and owner of Hockey School of Excellence CC, Erwin Handura, has scheduled a training clinic for aspiring hockey players at the Windhoek Gymnasium artificial turf this coming weekend. The annual hockey clinic scheduled for Friday and Saturday will have girls between the ages of 12 and 18 years receiving extensive training, while Saturday’s programme will cater for children under six to 10 years. The annual coaching clinic is in collaboration with the M & H Sports Academy, introducing beginners to the sport. Advanced hockey players also attend such clinics throughout the year. Speaking to Confidente this week, Handura said that for Namibia to excel internationally and become a force to be reckoned with in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the country must invest heavily in the development of the sport. He added that the coaching clinic has attracted a huge following since the Hockey School of Excellence was established in 2003. “We have had over a 1 000 kids attending the hockey clinic and that such clinics have contributed immensely to the development of the sport,” he said. Handura said that though the hockey clinic is only scheduled for Windhoek, some parents contacted him indicating interest in having their kids attend the clinic. Apart from the coaching clinic, hockey enthusiasts can attend the September hockey clinics scheduled for Otjiwarongo and Outjo while another hockey training clinic is scheduled for later this year. Handura added that such clinics help with preparing kids for the annual Mini World Cup for the under-10, 12 and 14, billed for 14 and 15 September in the capital. He said that such clinics also compliment the activities of the Namibia Schools Sport Union (NSSU) who are annually selecting players for the regional schools competitions. The Hockey School of Excellence was registered in 2003 with the main aim of developing the game of hockey throughout Namibia. The hockey institution renders services such as coaching clinics for beginners as well as for advanced hockey players, coaching clinics to schools, teams, coaches and parents and one on one coaching sessions. They also give training to umpires, provide motivation talk and mental training to players plus fitness, strength, training, conditioning and match analysis including life skills to players. The national women team coach said that hockey as a sport, is developing and that more and more pupils from the primary and secondary schools have demonstrated their interest in taking up the sport. Handura further said that Namibia is endowed with raw talent urging all stakeholders from both public and private sectors to invest in the development of the sport. Parents who require playing gear can contact Handura on 0811248249 or 0816639992.
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