“Stick to Dreams” A Hockey Movie by Chinmaye, IDC, IIT Bombay

Stick to Dreams – A story of a young German lady who came to India as a tourist and fell in love with the rustic countryside. she saw a dream…to produce hockey talent for India…Andrea Thumshirn … who epitomizes courage to dream big.

Andrea had set up Hockey Village India in Rajasthan, where nobody played Hockey!
A dusty way to a new ground.. Hockey Village India @ Garh Himmat Singh, Rajasthan

Directed by – Chinmaye Bhave
An IDC IIT Bombay Presentation
Releasing Soon!

HOCKEY IN MY BLOOD: The Documentary Film on Kodava Hockey

The documentary film ‘HOCKEY IN MY BLOOD’, features the most awaited event on the local calendar in Coorg, the Kodava Hockey Festival. Coorg (Kodagu) is a small, hilly coffee growing region in South India. Its people, the Kodavas, are a martial-tribal community known for strong ties to land and family.  It is said that if a Kodava is not working on a coffee plantation, he is likely either in the Indian army or playing field hockey.

Every summer, Kodavas of all ages get ready to compete in the unique inter-family Hockey Festival. In 2013, the Madanda Family plays host to the 17th straight edition of the annual event, with over 200 families in contention. The chief organizer is a former rugby player. A proud sportsman, he wants to set world standards in Coorg and works hard to transform barren hinterland into a hockey field. In this background, the film moves between Coorg and Bangalore, exploring the Kodavas’ historic love for the game. We see players from many families, young boys and girls, fathers, uncles, mothers, professionals and even former Olympic heroes. With the families playing for bragging rights for the rest of the year, victories are hard-fought and competition can get heated. At the end of the month-long event, there will be just one winning team but many winners – the sport and the sense of community not least among them. Welcome to The Kodava Hockey Festival! Continue reading →

Palakkad takes a step to Revitalize Hockey in Kerala

As the most of us were busy in celebrating the last weekend of 2013, preparing to welcome 2014, analyzing what happened in the last one year, etc. a bunch of hockey players were preparing to host 16 teams (12 Boys and 4 Girls) for Five-a-Side Hockey Tournament at the grounds of Southern Railway Institute in Palakkad, Kerala.

The Ground under preparation at Palakkad Hockey Academy, Railway Institute, Palakkad, Kerala

The Ground under preparation at Palakkad Hockey Academy, Railway Institute, Palakkad, Kerala

The Fans of Hockey witnessed Palakkad Hockey Academy players spending their holiday season in preparing the ground, erecting temporary floodlights, putting rink (side boards) and goal-posts in place for the tournament, even a live digital score-board was also put up at the stadium.

In a step towards of revitalizing the hockey in Kerala and revival of the academy, it is the first tournament at the Palakkad Hockey Academy after 2006. The tournament was very well supported by the friends, families and other sports lovers, the board of Directors. Continue reading →

Andreu dreams of producing an International Hockey Player from Anantapur, but…

Andreu Enrich, former Spanish International Hockey Player, dreams of producing an International Player from Anantapur through Stick for India (a hockey project of Rural Development Trust (Fundación Vicente Ferrer) started in 2006 by Santi Freixa and Andreu Enrich)

Andreu Enrich dividing the groups for the drills of session at Stick for India Hockey Academy at RDT Anantapur

Andreu Enrich dividing the groups for the drills of session at Stick for India Hockey Academy at RDT Anantapur

Andreu came to India for the first time in 2005 with the national team of Spain to participate in the Champions Trophy at Chennai. He and Santi extended their stay to visit RDT at Anantapur. After the visit, they proposed a hockey school.

To find the response for hockey among the kids, they started off with summer camps, which were received well among the children where nobody talked about hockey. And, then hockey was introduced at 10 adopted centres, where boys/girls teams were formed and leagues were played. Continue reading →

A dusty way to a new ground.. Hockey Village India @ Garh Himmat Singh, Rajasthan

Garh Himmat Singh, one of the most laid back villages in eastern Rajasthan houses a Hockey Academy where more than 50 boys and girls have been playing the Indian National Game since a year.  Andrea Thumshirn, a first division hockey player from Germany began this academy in July 2010 and aptly called it Hockey Village India.

We want a ground.. we will play even without it: Hockey Village India

We want a ground.. we will play even without it: Hockey Village India

The children from the village have been learning the game and improving at it each day. Though the conditions of the ground are those which no hockey stick in this world can stand – the dust, sand and stones are painful, the kids don’t mind because they know that their time on a “real” ground will come. Continue reading →

Jude Felix Hockey Academy is more than a Hockey Academy

The Jude Felix Hockey Academy (JFHA), Charitable Trust is traveling on a perfect path to achieve what they set themselves to do as inscribed in their mission.. “Develop hockey at the grass-root levels starting at schools, orphanages and homes, through the game enable children with important life-skills needed to successfully deal with challenges in life” Since its inception in 2009 the academy has trained around 200 children. The commitment of the coaches and volunteers is seen in the smiles of the little children as they assemble to practice Hockey every morning without fail.

Jude Felix Hockey Academy

Jude Felix Hockey Academy

Most of the children being currently trained live at St Mary’s orphanage and go to Maria Niketan School   and are being taught Hockey by coaches of international repute. Through Hockey life skills and discipline which would help them grow as individuals are being imparted. We were told by coach P. Shanmugham that there has been a significant positive change in the children, they respect and care for each other a lot more than they used to. The children are given assignments on and off the field and taught values such as leadership, team-spirit, sharing, caring and are constantly encouraged for what they do. Continue reading →