KSHA Hockey Academy : Coaching for All

Karnataka State Hockey Association (KSHA) has announced a Hockey Academy to impart coaching (induction) to budding youngsters who are interested to learn playing the hockey sport. The sole objective of the academy is to develop hockey in the Karnataka State. Hockey Academy will provide coaching in three tiers: Induction, Semi-skilled and Skilled. Induction for the beginners (who wants to learn playing hockey), Semi-Skilled for the players who knows how to play hockey, but need to sharpen their skills, and Skilled for the players who need to sustain and shape their careers. The academy will function through out the year at KSHA Hockey Stadium (also known as Shanti Nagar Hockey Stadium in Bangalore), Rhenius Street, Langford Town, Bangalore 560 025 from May 1, 2011 both in the mornings and evenings. The detailed coaching schedule can be obtained at the time of enrolling. The coaching will be provided free of cost to the interested individuals by the pool of reputed coaches.

KSHA HOckey Stadium

A view of KSHA HOckey Stadium during a match between Army XI and Air India (KSHA Super League)

KSHA has appeal for financial assistance for this program to meet a short fall of about 5 lakhs annually. Please contribute to the extent possible to help the hockey development and coaching. Contribution can be made online in the following account:
Current A/c No: 04142010012633
Syndicate Bank, Langford Town Branch, Bangalore 560 025
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or by Cheque/DD in the name of KSHA payable at Bangalore
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For more details please contact the KSHA (www.karnatakahockey.org) and the full text of Appeal for Financial Assistance and Hockey Coaching Circular are given below.

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Brasa or Somebody else?

Indian Hockey team is without coach after the contract of Mr Jose Brasa got over on Nov 30, 2010 and national coach resigned after Asian Games 2010 semi-final loss against Malaysia. Now lots of candidate have pitched in, most of them former Indian players and hockey legends like Dhanraj Pillay, etc. Few of them have coached national team at earlier occasions also, and few run their academy to nurture the raw talent of hockey, but at this moment every hockey fan is thinking about the next coach.

Dhanraj Pillay, showing his skills during inauguration of JFHA

Some are supporting Indian hockey legend Dhanraj Pillay for the post. Dhanraj is still playing for Air India, which is considered to be advantageous. It is argued that he understands the current players better, because he has played with/against most of them in national team/domestic tournaments.

Here are some important point about this discussion by Shashank Gupta. The website stick2hockey.com, which has been very good in analyzing Indian hockey issues, suggests Dhanraj should coach Bombay team first in upcoming hockey nationals to prove his worthiness as a coach. Then who should take up the job for national team? I am favor of retaining Brasa as most of Indian Hockey Fans are. And we fans have the performance of team in Brasa’s tenure to support him. Continue reading →