The Selangor Hockey Association (SHA) will focus on development programmes at the grassroots level.
Newly-elected SHA president S. Ganesh, who took over from Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal, said they were keen to work with the Selangor Education Department to promote hockey in schools.
“We hope to have a systematic programme in place within the next three years. Selangor have not had any significant impact in age-group competitions.
“We realise that we have to start with schools to get more students active in hockey.
“We also have to have an effective competition programme throughout the year.
“We need the Selangor Education Department’s support and the Selangor State Sports Council (MSNS) to realise our vision.
“Once this programme is in place, we can make our presence felt in senior competitions such as the Razak Cup.
“We will also have more teams from Selangor involved in the Junior League. But for this to be a realistic vision, we have to have dedicated officials who are committed to our cause.
“We have formed sub-committees which will look into drawing up the programmes,” said Ganesh.
SHA vice-president J. Elangovan will head the competition and the technical committee while deputy president Dr S. Shamala will helm the high performance, coaching and development committee.
Vice-president Nor Aida Hassan will be in charge of team management and equipment while Gurdip Singh will head the umpires board.
The marketing, social media and public relations committee will be the responsibility of vice-president P. Kuganesan.
The new secretary is teacher K. Ravikrishnan.
Ganesh said those heading committees had a proven track record in hockey.
“We have to take SHA to the next level,” added Ganesh.
The SHA are keen to look into ways to make the league – TNB-QNET Selangor Hockey League an interesting affair by emphasising quality so that more teams will participate.
The league with five divisions was a big success. However, there were some disciplinary problems.
Ganesh said the competition committee was given the responsibility to draw up rules to prevent such issues.
“The league will also serve as a platform for SHA to select players for all national tournaments.
“We are pleased to have support from the sponsors. The number of teams had also increased over the years. But we will look at quality,’’ said Ganesh.
SHA’s sponsors include TNB, QNET, Milo, 100 Plus, Sports 24/7 while Global Specialty Ingredients (GSI) is the official training T-shirt sponsor.
GSI chief financial officer Samantha Shelah Basker and executive M. Mailvaganam handed the company’s sponsorship to Ganesh and Dr Shamala.
Samantha said GSI had been supporting SHA for five years.
Ganesh said the new season of the TNB-QNET Selangor Hockey League would be starting in August.