Malaysia: 2018 FIHA-AHF Raja Ashman Shah Hockey Academy courses commenced today with a ‘Level 3 Coaching Course’, in Impiana Hotel, Ipoh. 27 participants are set to partake in the four day educational, as well as practical, development course. These participants include upcoming hockey professionals from Sri Lanka, Iran and Hong Kong, as well as, experienced coaches of teams with the likes of Pakistan.
The program will be headed by FIH Master Coach, Dato Tayyab Ikram. Mr. Siegfried Aikman (FIH Senior Coach and FIHA Trainer), Mr. Mike Joyce (FIHA Senior Trainer), Mr. Lim (FIH Coach HP and FIHA Trainer) and Mr. Seung Jin (FIH Coach HP and FIHA Trainer) are also in the panel of the highly qualified and accomplished coaches and trainers selected for this event. Mr. Zahid Ali (FIHA Trainer and International coach), who is responsible for the development of hockey in many developing regions in Asia, is also a part of the team of trainers. Moreover, Ms. Ageeth Boomgaardt (FIHA Trainee Trainer) and Mr. Nasir Munir (FIHA Trainee Trainer) will assist the team throughout the program, while, FIH Academy and Education Manager, Mr. Andre Oliver is organizing and managing the course.
The course provides a mix of theory and practice. Conductors will educate the candidates in areas such as, Principles of Attack, Principles of Defense, Use of Technology, High Performance planning, Philosophy, Values and Culture, and many more. The participants will also get a chance to put these skills into practice and analyse real life scenarios by implementing the learnings during the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, which shall commence from the 3rd of March.
AHF CEO and FIH Master Coach, Dato Tayyab Ikram, opened the session with a warm welcome and, mentioning the diversity of the participants, said, “one must never stop learning”. He added, “the true power of the sport is in the hands of individuals like you (the participating coaches), who remain in control of the game even when the team doesn’t have possession of the ball”. Emphasizing on the importance of, and the role of, world class coaches in the hockey world, Dato Tayyab Ikram welcomed the participants and wished them the best for the days to come.
Japan Men’s Team Head Coach and senior FIH trainer, Siegfried Aikman commented, “to ensure the success (of teams affiliated with the participating coaches) in future games such as Olympics of 2022 and beyond, we must act now, and this is the prime platform (for the participants) to begin”.
About the AHF Development and Education Program 2018
The Asian Hockey Federation aims to assist the technical staff with the AHF Development and Education Program 2018. The development activities in training coaches, umpires and technical officials are progressing faster than ever with more and more Asian federations taking productive participation in the courses.
The courses are designed to combine experienced people to present the methods to play, coach, officiate and manage the sport of hockey. The participants are exposed to the best strategies and protocols to manage teams and high-level tournaments. The courses are divided into 4 levels: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Umpiring and Coaching along with High Performance. To move through the ranks of coaching, umpiring and technical officials a participant must successfully complete each level.
The aim of the AHF Education and Development Program 2018 is to provide a simplified education structure and resources for AHF Members Nations. All nations will have the opportunity to access the program pathway at an appropriate level.