Nordic Caravan kicks off in Stockholm

24th June 2014

The EHF Nordic Caravan began yesterday, with our two young coaches, Tomislav and Goran, in Stockholm. Below is a brief report of what they got up to on the first day!
Day 1 Stockholm
The Scandinavian hockey adventure started today in the suburb of Stockholm. It’s middle of the summer, and in Sweden that means today was 11 degrees and it rained almost the whole day! However the young Swedish players have a big passion for hockey to keep them warm the whole day. Roslagens IF is our host here with twenty their players and two more coming from Nacka.
In the morning we covered the basic hockey positions, rhythm and change of rhythm in some different techniques. We focused more on hitting, as the Swedish outdoor season is very short, so the players enjoyed the chance to improve and practice their outdoor skills. Short grip Australian style hit was very popular with the players, fresh off the Rabobank Hockey World Cup experience.  The morning session ended with small games with different goals providing  good fun, but also showcasing their new creative skills.

After a nice lunch, we did some HockeyMagic. It was nice to see that some of the kids remembered the tricks from last year, so we had to inspire them with some new ones. In the afternoon, we put our new knowledge to use in game situations. We finished with two big games in which players had to put into practice all they learned during the day. Especially Australian style!
After the games, the kids went home, but this wasn’t the end of the day for us. In the evening we had a coaching session for the coaches of the local club. The rain did not stop, but that did not disturb the passionate coaches. We had a very interactive session, giving the coaches the chance to coach, put in their ideas, ask questions, and use their skills. It was a really enjoyable session for all parties.  Knowledge, passion, inspiration… Let’s celebrate hockey!

Source: Tomislav Jamicic

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