Nine young coaches from Serbia, Bulgaria and FYROM met in Zrenjanin, Serbia last weekend (16 -18 September) to prepare for their FIH Academy/EHF Level 1 Coach award. Three of the coaches were women, who came from three different towns in Serbia.
Coach Educators Norman Hughes and Antonio Antonov were present and held several sessions throughout the weekend, including styles of communication, and the role of the coach. Saturday saw the group spend a full day on the pitch, discussing how to best coach for basic skills with a group of U12 children.
The skills covered included:
· The grips
· Moving/Running with the Ball
· Passing skills
· Defensive skills
· Goal scoring skills
Another hands on lesson on Sunday, when local hockey beginners joined the group and were coached by each delegate for a 20 minute mini session. These practical sessions were the final component to the assessment needed to complete the Level 1. All nine coaches succeeded in their practical assessments.
The Balkan region has now gained nine new motivated coaches who have the desire and responsibility to share their knowledge in their region. This was another great example of EHF staff and volunteers delivering in partnership with FIH Academy and the National Federations.
EHF would like to thank Serbian Hockey Federation for hosting the seminar in what will become the new hockey town of Zrenjanin.
If you would like a similar course to be hosted in your country, or would like to participate, please contact us!