One Million Hockey Legs to strengthen its ties with Anantapur

OMHL trainers interacting with ASA hockey players in 2016

OMHL trainers interacting with ASA hockey players in 2016

Rob van Nes, International Business Development Head, One Million Hockey Legs (OMHL) visited Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA) to meet Program Director Moncho Ferrer and other hockey officials to oversee and strengthen their partnership with the ASA Hockey Program.

The One Million Hockey Legs project started back in 2015 with the likes of Floris Jan Bovelander and other Olympians on its executive board.  It aims to reach one million young hockey players by 2018 Hockey World Cup to be held in Bhubaneswar, India and increase the participation of rural youth by providing them with necessary training. With this aim, they collaborated with ASA which has a long history of promoting hockey in Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh. OMHL wants to leave its impression in the Indian hockey legacy and strengthen the relationship between India and Netherlands.

“India can be world champion any day. We need to start from every home as parents need to understand the importance of sports; sports and education can go hand in hand. The skills like team spirit, hard work, communication can be learnt from sports which goes a long way in life”, says Rob van Nes.

Coach education is an important aspect of sport development, as to have a wider impact, the dissemination of knowledge of the game among the grassroots is essential. Many places in India lack infrastructural and up-to-date coach education at local and regional grassroots level which has decreased the number of children playing hockey. India with its 1.3 billion population has only 50,000 hockey players left whereas Netherlands, much smaller in population, has 2.5 lakh players.

“ASA has been promoting sports for many years and is providing good training cum residential facilities for talented athletes. I feel happy to be a part of this project and to help in the promotion of hockey in Anantapur. Wisse and Roderique, the trainers from OMHL who were in ASA in January 2017 for training were surprised to see the vigor and talent ASA hockey players possessed. Other OMHL partners in Jamshedpur, Delhi and Punjab are also doing quite well. Our aim is to spread the hockey culture in the grassroots and simultaneously provide high performance training to athletes who are doing well”, says Rob van Nes.

Rob van Nes meeting Program Director Moncho Ferer and other hockey officials.

Rob van Nes meeting Program Director Moncho Ferrer and other hockey officials.

Vijay Babu, Secretary of Hockey Anantapur said, “ASA plans to conduct a hockey  festival/championship in partnership with One Million Hockey Legs with the objective of increasing the participation in rural Anantapur as well as providing with high performance training to boys and girls of the academy”.

India were the first host nation to win the Hockey Junior World Cup 2016 and a little over a year from now,  Odisha would host the 14th edition of the Men’s Hockey World Cup. It would be interesting to see how Indian hockey team performs in the World Cup. OMHL’s effort towards developing the sport at the grassroots will go a long way in helping to achieve results at the international level in the future

2018 Hockey World Cup and Handful of Events head to India

India won the rights to host 2018 Senior Men’s World Cup after presenting a strong bid to FIH, the other countries shortlisted were Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia and Germany.

FIH President Leandro Negre congratulating Elena Norman CEO Hockey India for winning the Bid for hosting 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup

FIH President Leandro Negre congratulating Elena Norman CEO Hockey India for winning the Bid for hosting 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup

Apart from 2018 Hockey World Cup, India will also be hosting the 2016 Junior Men’s World Cup, 2015 and 2017 Hockey World League Finals (2015-2018 Cycle hosts country details are here).

Hockey India Secretary General Dr. Narinder Batra said it is a proud moment for Indian Hockey to be once again given the responsibility of hosting Senior Men World Cup in 2018. I would like to specially thank Federation of International Hockey (FIH) who have reposed their faith in us to host this prestigious event in 2018. “This has been only possible with the extraordinary efforts put in by Hockey India Chief Executive Officer, Elena Norman and her team” added Dr. Batra. Continue reading →

FIH unveils event hosts for 2015-2018 cycle

Host nations now known for 17 events as part of Federation’s new assignment process

Following Thursday’s announcement that England and India will be the host nations of the Hockey World Cups in 2018, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has selected the countries that will host the vast majority of its top level events in the 2015-2018 Cycle.

International Hockey Federation (FIH) LogoThe move is part of FIH’s new event assignment process, which was launched and presented to the National Associations at the FIH Congress in November 2012.

Argentina will host two events in 2015, with the Men’s Hockey World League Semi Final and the Women’s Hockey World League Final, while Belgium will be the location for a superb joint Men’s and Women’s World League Semi-Finals tournament. The Men’s World League Final will take place in India from 5-13 December. Continue reading →

India and England to host 2018 Hockey World Cups

Today FIH has announced that England and India will be the hosts of Hockey World Cups in 2018. England Hockey’s bid for hosting women’s showpiece event and Hockey India’s bid hosting men’s quadrennial hockey event were the worthy winner after going through a new and exhaustive process of bid evaluation followed by FIH.

Major Dhyanchand National Stadium, New Delhi

Major Dhyanchand National Stadium, New Delhi had hosted 2010 Hockey World Cup for Men

FIH President Leandro Negre announced the hosts for 2018 Hockey World Cups at a special ceremony at the Beau Rivage Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday evening.

“I wish to offer my sincere congratulations to England Hockey and Hockey India on their successful bids to host the Hockey World Cups 2018”, said Mr Negre. “The quality of both bids was truly extraordinary, and the FIH is greatly looking forward to bringing its top properties to England and India. I would also like to congratulate all of the National Associations that submitted bids for these events. The standard was exceptionally high, making the decision extremely hard for the FIH Executive Board.” Continue reading →