#FridayFocus – The EHF’s top coaches programme (TCP)

6th September 2019

Top coaches, top mentors and a top environment in Antwerp this August as the European Hockey Championships hosted TCP Seminar 2 of 2019.

On the doorstep of the EHC 2019, 20 coaches with 5 mentors from across all regions of the European Hockey Family absorbed themselves into a busy schedule and a bubbling atmosphere. This was the fourth seminar in over 24 months for half the group having started their journey at the World Cup Indoors in Berlin, followed by seminars in Breda at the Champions Trophy and Barcelona hosted by Atletic Terrassa Hockey club. With the other half having started the TCP journey in February in Spain.

The programme runs across a number of general topics, over the two year period presented on by world-renowned mentors, educators and hockey coaches like Jamilon Mülders who detailed in an engaging seminar the process and practice of working at the highest level of the game during international tournaments. EHF invited guest speaker Andreu Enrich following the recent success of the Spanish U21 team who provoked a wide range of ideas and learning outcomes for the aspiring and inspired coaches in the room to take back to their national associations and clubs.

With the EHC on the doorstep, this opportunity was taken to provide multiple match analysis tasks for each individual on the programme to present on subsequent days to their mentors and working groups so that their learning could be scrutinised from their lead mentor. The TCP group were also visited by EHF President Marijke Fleuren and Vice President Carola Meyer. “This is an exciting moment for you all, it is positive to see so many coaches from across Europe, learning and sharing knowledge together.” Fleuren beamed.

Five days of intense analysis and a whole range of learning was increased with topics on tactical differences, player identification and the organisation of team roles form a Head Coach perspective gave 20 coaches inspired to be the next top coach plenty of room for thought. All the feedback between individual coaches and their mentor was recorded through a system that EHF partners Coach Logic has built to help maintain records of all the works carried out.

The EHF will be going out to National Associations in October this year requesting nominations for the 2020/2021 cohorts for both the Top Coaches Programme and Coaches 4 Europe. Do not miss out on this incredible chance to learn from the best!

To find out more about Coach Logic (a collaborative video analysis platform for sports teams) visit them here.

Pictured: Jamilon Mülders (Col Morley pro-pix.com (c))

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