The India Men Hockey team started their training session at Auckland for the upcoming New Zealand Series which commences on 02 October. India is touring New Zealand for a 4-Test match series against New Zealand National Team and two matches against New Zealand A team.
The wall of the Indian Hockey team, Goalkeeper PR Sreejesh is confident of putting a good show in the upcoming Test Series. Specially after having undergone a three week goalkeeping camp under Dave Staniforth, PR Sreejesh is looking more confident of his form and is positive of showcasing a more consolidated defence.
Speaking before the commencement of the Series, goalkeeper PR Sreejesh said, “The team has been training under the best coaches with an aim to showcase strong play yielding positive results. The three week camp under Dave Staniforth was a huge refreshing experience and I have learnt newer tricks of the trade which I am all set to get them in play. I had the opportunity to have learnt the art of goalkeeping under Dave in the past too and which helped me what I am today. This three week learning has added further value to my goalkeeping skills and I am feeling more confident. This tour will help me understand how best to further refine myself before the all important tournament which are scheduled in the next one year with Rio 2016 Olympics being the most important”
The Indian Men and Women goalkeepers along with the goalkeeping coaches were trained together through a 3-week camp at the MDC National Stadium under an initiative of Hockey India and Sports Authority of India. The camp was conducted by world renowned goal-keeping specialist Dave Staniforth from South Africa.
As Sreejesh stated, the camp was a huge boost for the Men and Women team goalkeepers as the learning from here will help them work on their techniques under the bar. The camp which commenced on 5th, conclude on 28th September 2015. A total of 7 goalkeeping coaches, 14 men goalkeepers including the Senior and the Junior goalkeepers and 14 women goalkeepers including Senior and Junior goalkeepers attened the camp.
Top-rated custodian PR Sreejesh, young Akash Chikte, Harjot Singh, Subodh Tirkey, Suraj Karkera, Abhinav Pandey alongwith the Women goalkeepers, experienced Savita Punia, young goalkeeper Rajani Etimarpu, Yogita Bali, and Sweta were among the attendees.
Speaking on the Goalkeeping Training Camp during its initial days, Dave Staniforth, Goalkeeping Specialist stated, “The programme is based on many aspects of goalkeeping which include the technical aspects like shot stopping, clearing, closing down and defending set pieces as well as the non-technical aspect like communicating with a defence, match day preparation, using video analysis, the mental aspects of goalkeeping and post match or practice recovery. Most importantly, my focus is on educating and training ‘The Group’ which consists not only of players but the coaches too.”
As a player, Dave Staniforth has 65 international caps and has represented South Africa in the XXVII Olympic Games in Athens 2004, Commonwealth Games in Manchester 2002, 10th FIH Hockey World Cup in Kuala Lumpur 2002, three times FIH Champions Challenge in Kuala Lumpur 2001, Johannesburg 2003 and Alexandria 2005 and 8th All Africa Games in Nigeria 2003. Dave Staniforth had previously coached the Senior & Juniors Indian Hockey teams in the year 2013. He also has to his credit of being a Goalkeeper Coach & Video Analyst in HIL seasons 2013 and 2014. In the HIL 2015, he was with the Uttar Pradesh Wizards as Goalkeeping Coach. Dave also runs a goalkeeping academy – Dave Staniforth Academy – in Durban.