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Stick for India returns to ASA after ASV Hockey Academy celebrate 10th anniversary

The Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA) just concluded the 10th Anniversary celebration of its hockey academy earlier this year. And now it welcomed Andreu Enrich, the man who strengthened Hockey in Anantapur through the Stick for India project. Andreu is here to relive the 10th Anniversary celebrations and a decade long commitment to bring sports to rural India particularly Anantapur. He is doing that through the Stick for India and Hockey. Andreu spoke to us about this year’s camp and shared with us about how the 10 year celebrations have been very special. He also gave us some insights on the camp itself.

Andreu with some of the younger boys at camp

Andreu with some of the younger boys at camp

What made this year’s camp different?

The Stick for India camp structure hasn’t changed much. We trained the Anantapur Sports Village (ASV) Hockey Academy teams with a greater intensity this year. This is because we have observed that they continue to improve by leaps and bounds. However the coaching methodology and philosophy remains the same. We visited grassroot schools, played hockey games with the girls and the boys, spoke to their PE teachers and Headmasters, etc.

What did you have in mind when you brought more women coaches over this year?

The focus has always been to empower young girls through sport. We did not plan to have more women coaches this year. However, during the pre-camp period we floated a campaign to invite volunteer coaches. To our surprise, we received more applications from women coaches, and that favoured our aim at women empowerment.

The visiting Spanish coaches along with a few children from the camp

The visiting Spanish coaches along with a few children from the camp

What was your aim of the camp this year?

We received support from Sportways. Its a Dutch company that extended support to the project by providing us their coaching methodologies, modules and kit. Their philosophy to hockey is based strongly on the concept of “Fun and Learning.” We believe in the same principles. We therefore aimed to ensure that more children play the sport and enjoy doing so during this year’s Stick for India camp.

The ASA celebrated the Hockey project’s 10th anniversary, how do feel when you look back to see your involvement with the project for so many years?

I am very happy to have been part of the project. The overall progress of the program has been very satisfying as the numbers at the grassroots grow at a fair pace. This motivates me to keep moving forward. For me initially, it was only about growing the reach of my sport and working with Rural Development Trust (RDT). Now it is completely different as the project is affecting so many lives in such a positive manner.  I am just overjoyed about that fact. I do regret not being able to be there during the celebrations though but knowledge of the fact that the program celebrated its 10th year along with the opportunity I get to be here every year with all these beautiful and enthusiastic children makes me feel really wonderful.

Kookaburras defended their World Cup Title Successfully

Australia powered to a sensational 6-1 victory over host nation the Netherlands in the men’s final of the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague, Netherlands. Drag-flicking defender Chris Ciriello scored a hat-trick to help the Kookaburras retain the title that they won four years ago in New Delhi, India.

  • Australia successfully defend Hockey World Cup title with 6-1 win over the Netherlands
  • IOC Honorary President Jacques Rogge on site to witness hockey spectacle
  • Kookaburras captain Mark Knowles named Rabobank Best Player of the Tournament

While 11th ranked Argentina continued to impress as they defeated England by 2-0 to win the Bronze Medal, which is 2nd for the coach Carlos Retegui, who is the head of both Los Leones and Las Leonas, Men’s and Women’s Hockey team of Argentina.

Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 – MEN: Final standings
Gold: Australia; Silver: The Netherlands; Bronze: Argentina; 4th: England; 5th: Belgium; 6th: Germany; 7th: New Zealand; 8th: Spain; 9th: India; 10th: Korea; 11th: South Africa; 12th: Malaysia

Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 Tournament Awards – Men
Rabobank Best Player: Mark Knowles, Australia
Hero Best Junior Player: Jeremy Hayward, Australia
Volvo Best Goalkeeper: Jaap Stockmann, Netherlands
Hero Top Scorer: Gonzalo Peillat, Argentina
Ten Cate Best Goal: Sebastien Dockier, Belgium Continue reading →

Netherlands women crowned Rabobank Hockey World Cup champions

The Netherlands have been crowned as winners of the Women’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014.

  • IOC President Thomas Bach joins FIH President Leandro Negre on stage for prize-giving ceremony
  • Eight-time World Player of the Year Luciana Aymar scores two in Argentina bronze-medal win
  • A capacity 15,000-member crowd cheered the Netherlands on to gold

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach joined International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) President Leandro Negre on stage for the prize-giving ceremony in The Hague. President Bach travelled to the Netherlands along with many IOC members to witness FIH’s hugely successful showpiece.

Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 – Women: Final standings
Gold: The Netherlands; Silver: Australia; Bronze: Argentina; 4th: USA; 5th: New Zealand; 6th: China; 7th: Korea; 8th: Germany; 9th: South Africa; 10th: Japan; 11th: England; 12th: Belgium

Tournament Awards
Rabobank Best Player: Ellen Hoog, Netherlands
Hero Best Junior Player: Florencia Habif, Argentina
Interpolis Best Goalkeeper: Rachael Lynch, Australia
Hero Top Scorer: Maartje Paumen, Netherlands
Adidas Best Goal: Kim Lammers, Netherlands Continue reading →

The Fans of Hockey Calendar 2014 is Here

The Fans of Hockey have decided to dedicated the Calendar 2014 to Red Ribbon Revolution.

The Fans of Hockey Calendar 2014, supporting Red Ribbon Revolution

The Fans of Hockey Calendar 2014, supporting Red Ribbon Revolution

If you want a hard copy (~16″X10″ on 175GSM paper) of The Fans of Hockey Calendar 2014 delivered to your doorsteps, then
order here (delivery only in India)or
write to thefansofhockey[at]gmail.com for placing the order along with your detailed postal address, contact number, etc.

Here are previous years’ calendars published by The Fans of Hockey:

Hockey Photo Gallery: India (Women’s) Vs South Africa

Here we bring you the photographs of India Vs South Africa matches from the India’s tour to the Argentina in December 2011. Where Indian women’s had played two four nations tournament in Buenos Aires and Paraná. South Africa and Ireland were other teams in four nation tournaments apart from India and world champion hosts Argentina.

We are grateful to Matías Noé Correa Arce ( www.mncaphoto.com ) for allowing us to use his photographs to publish on our website. If you need any of the photographs, you should contact the photographer Matías Noé Correa Arce .

Photos by:  www.mncaphoto.com  Matías Noé Correa Arce / CAH . www.cahockey.org.ar

Hockey Photo Gallery: India (Women’s) Vs Ireland

Here we bring you the photographs of India Vs Ireland matches from the India’s tour to the Argentina in December 2011. Where Indian women’s had played two four nations tournament in Buenos Aires and Paraná. South Africa and Ireland were other teams in four nation tournaments apart from India and world champion hosts Argentina.

We are grateful to Matías Noé Correa Arce ( www.mncaphoto.com ) for allowing us to use his photographs to publish on our website. If you need any of the photographs, you should contact the photographer Matías Noé Correa Arce .

Photos by:  www.mncaphoto.com  Matías Noé Correa Arce / CAH . www.cahockey.org.ar