TENAGA Nasional Berhad (TNB) has taken its development of hockey a step further by handing out hockey equipment and conducting clinics for students in 15 schools.
The initiative is in addition to the company’s ongoing Thunderbolts hockey grassroots programme that has benefited many youths.
TNB kicked off the corporate social responsibility (CSR) effort last month at SMK Datuk Haji Abdul Kadir, Kepala Batas, Penang, where 40 students took part in the programme.
In Perak, another 40 students from Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Ipoh and 70 more from Malay College Kuala Kangsar took part in the development initiative.
TNB then took its CSR programme to SK(L) Bandar, Kluang, Johor, which coincided with the district’s launch of its own hockey programme, Kid Hockey.
Students from two other schools in Johor – SM Sains Batu Pahat and SK Kampong Melayu – joined the programme and were part of the 60 students who were given TNB hockey sticks, balls and goalkeeper’s gear worth RM5,000 for each school.
Mohd Imran, one of the students who took part in the hockey clinic, was thrilled after receiving the TNB hockey equipment.
“My friends and I are very excited. We can now practise with this new equipment. It motivates us to train harder and continue learning,” said the pint-sized 10-year-old who aspires to represent Malaysia in hockey one day.
Former hockey players in TNB’s development team which includes Lailin Abu Hassan, Nor Azlan Bakar, Fairuz Ramli, Norazlan Rahim and Ahmad Farid Fuzi, conducted the hockey clinic.
These experienced coaches taught the young students proper hockey techniques and skills, and stressed on the importance of basic grassroots training.
Former Olympian Lailin, who hails from Batu Pahat, Johor, is not surprised that many children are picking up hockey at a young age.
“This is a good move by TNB because exposing these students to proper hockey techniques at a young age helps develop their talent gradually and fine-tune their natural abilities,” said Lailin, who hopes TNB would continue to visit schools and conduct these clinics on a regular basis.
“TNB has done an admirable job in developing hockey in the country but it will all come to nothing if there is no continuity.
“The hockey scene is ever-changing and young players need to be coached in the modern way of playing the sport where tactics and speed play a huge part, especially when they have to adapt from playing on the field to the turf,” explained Lailin, who is also the assistant coach of the Malaysian women’s hockey team.
The Thunderbolt blueprint includes talented players being absorbed into one of four TNB-hockey affiliated schools – Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS), Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI), Pahang Sports School (SSP-MSP) or SMK Anderson to take part in the TNB Malaysia Junior Hockey League (TNBMJHL) and eventually don TNB’s colours in the Premier league.
TNB’s goodwill gesture of delivering equipment and running coaching clinics will continue at selected schools in Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Kedah and Perak throughout the year.