Awareness programme on hockey held for schoolchildren

Look here: Former international Gurmit Singh (left) showing off some basic hockey skills.

THE Selangor Hockey Association (SHA) organised an awareness programme for primary schoolchildren at the Ministry of Education (MOE) Hockey Stadium in Jalan Pantai, Kuala Lumpur recently.

The programme — 100 Plus-SHA Tun Abdul Razak Cup Awarness Clinic — was to give an insight on hockey to the participants. SHA president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal said about 250 children, from various schools in Selangor, attended the programme which was held for the second year.

“We are pleased with the attendance. There were students from as far as Carey Island. We want to see more children active in hockey. Unless we initiate these programmes, it would not be possible for us to have a base.

“We are pleased with the enthusiasm shown by the participants. The support from several former internationals was also encouraging. The participants had the chance to meet some of the former internationals,’’ said Subahan.

The participants were divided into groups of 15. Under the guidance of coaches, the participants went through drills involved in hockey. Officials from the SHA also took the opportunity to brief the participants on the basic rules in hockey.

Among the former internationals were defender Gurmit Singh and goalkeeper M. Nadarajan.

To make the programme interesting, the organising co-ordinator P. Kuganesan, who is also the SHA secretary, said they had also organised a treasure hunt for the participants.

“It was a mini competition related to the Razak Cup. The Razak Cup can be considered as the premier hockey tournament in the country.

“The competition had played a big role in the promotion of hockey in Malaysia. We wanted the younger generation to be aware of the Razak Cup and its significance to Malaysian hockey,’’ said Kuganesan.

The programme was supported by the MOE, Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) and 100Plus. Former MHF secretary and umpire Datuk G. Vijayanathan, who was one of the invited guests, said it was a timely move by the SHA.

“It was good to see children getting together for a hockey programme. It was well planned,’’ added Vijayanathan.

Kuganesan said they had plans to organise similar programmes on a regular basis.

“We expect the teachers from the respective schools to continue the training programmes. On our part, we can organise camps for the children,’’ added Kuganesan.

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