06.08.2014- The Balkan Hockey Caravan is all about bringing hockey to the kids! and we are on the move again. Danny Berry will be updating us from his travels in Serbia…. Thanks Danny!

“Upon my arrival in Belgrade, I was warmly greeted by Bojan, who took me straight to the northern town of Subotica. After travelling through a pretty spectacular thunderstorm, we arrived at my hotel a little after midnight!

Following a good nights sleep, the caravans first session took place, with 30 kids taking part, ranging from 6-16 in age. We worked on some elimination tricks, put the new skills into a game situation, and then finished with a mini tournament.

I was then shown round the beautiful town after lunch, before starting the second session of the day. This time we worked on the backhand hit (by request from the older kids), along with volleys, chips and movement off the ball to find space.

Day 2 brought about some very different weather – in the morning it was very warm and sunny, but later on this resulted in torrential rain and another storm. Fortunately the hockey was not affected though!

In the morning we worked on some spins to eliminate a defender, and some passing on the move. After this session I then attended a meeting in the town hall with Subotica hockey officials, and the sports minister for Subotica to discuss future funding and support for hockey in the area. The meeting went very well and good progress was made towards a new pitch being built.

For my final session in Subotica we worked on some attack vs defence tactics and lots of fun games, including playing with the stick upside down, hands wrong way round and one handed hockey. It was great fun, and the session ended with another tournament.

To end the day I was invited to take part in the men’s team training session, which was initially postponed due to the storm, but went ahead in the end. It was a good experience, and great to see a lot of the juniors taking part in the adult training, which will aid there future development.

Tomorrow morning I travel south to Novi Sad, for 2 training sessions, before heading back to Belgrade.”