#FridayFocus- Report from TCP/FIH High Performance Indoor Coaching Course

Posted On 30th March 2018

In today’s #FridayFocus we take a look at last month’s High Performance Indoor Coaching Course, held alongside the FIH Indoor World Cup in Berlin.

The course, held by FIH Hockey Academy and the European Hockey Federation Top Coaches Programme (TCP), hosted 36 candidates (from 18 nations across 5 continents; 16 FIH Candidates & 20 EHF TCP Candidates).

In terms of gender balance, this was the 1st 50/50 Coach Educator team, and there were 8 women candidates (22%) and 28 men candidates (78%). The week also saw a  joint ‘Women into Coaching’ and ‘Athlete Transition Programme’ (ATP) initiative, supporting a female hockey player in career transition from player to coach. Kathryn Williams (CAN) was selected out of many competitive applicants from around the world.


Many thanks to Andre Oliveira,  FIH Academy and Education Manager for this report.


Marieke Dijkstra (NED), 2015 Indoor World Cup winner, did the course opening session, sharing her knowledge and experience about the organisation of a HP team – staff roles & responsibilities, staff relation with players, team behaviours and routines


Robin Rosch (GER), 2015 Indoor World Cup winner, was Guest Educator and course lead. He shared his knowledge and experience of Indoor technical and tactical principles & Games strategies


Michel Kinnen (BEL), FIH Academy Trainer and course lead, and manager at the Belgium Hockey Olympic Programme. Michel shared his knowledge and experience about coaching philosophy, team culture and how coaches can use them to create competitive advantage over other teams


Laura Del Colle (ARG), FIH Academy Educator, Olympian and GK Coach. She shared her knowledge and experience about the principles of Indoor GK coaching and about the goals and methods of indoor GK coaching


The candidates also heard from Nicole Arrold (AUS), FIH Academy Educator Olympian and former Hockeyroos Assistant Coach, who engaged them in discussion about HP programmes, Indoor and Outdoor HP pathway, player selection and development. Bernardo Fernandes (POR), FIH Academy Educator, Head Coach of Royal Victory Antwerpen and of Portugal’s Indoor National Team discussed match analysis and observating best practices in Indoor Hockey. Finally, Ageeth Boomgaardt (NED), Guest Educator & former Head Coach Belgium shared her knowledge and experience about the role and responsibilities of the coach.


SG Rotation Prenzlauer Berg senior mens’ team (GER) was available to take part in the candidates’ practical sessions. Thanks to them for participating!

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