A level 1 Coaching course was organised by the Hockey Association Malta (HAM) between 1 and 3 December 2017. 14 candidates took up this course in what was a much needed course for the development of hockey in Malta.

 

The course was conducted by Norbert Nederlof, FIH and EHF Hockey Academy Educator.  He was very satisfied with the preparation of the candidates and their enthusiasm.  He found that he could put the participants through the whole course with great ease even though the participants had a varying degree of experience.  What was important was that there was the right environment for learning.  So much so that candidates wished to move on to the Level 2 course as soon as possible.

The 3 day course was quite extensive and was held at the National Hockey Centre at Kordin.  David Agius, HAM General Secretary, was very happy that such a course was being held as Maltese coaches will have the tools to be able to improve the skills of any team.

A good number of video clips were shown to highlight various situations which also provided a number of discussion points about coaching aspects.  The course covered basic elements such as grips and grip changes, receiving and passing on the move as well as the sweep hit and forehand and backhand hits.

The second day of the course covered different areas and included how to plan training sessions and how to make use of video as a coaching aide.  The participants were also involved in a number of practical sessions.

 

Norbert Nederlof demonstrating the jab tackle and the neutral grip

 

Day 3 was reserved for assessment and each candidate delivered a 20 minute session with the ‘demo’ team.Each candidate was provided with feedback and a planned course of action to further their coaching career.

In closing the course, Norbert Nederlof highlighted that it will now be up to the coaches themselves to raise the standard of their teams and to improve the profile of hockey in Malta.  David Agius then presented Norbert with a memento for the occasion.