Camp within the camp is the concept Hockey India has taken fancy to. Now a Dutch coach will be working with goalkeepers. Earlier, two Australians had worked with Indian players, including forwards. One of the Australia specialists worked with Indian boys just before the new Chief Coach Graham Reid had joined. Hockey India has named nine players for the seven-day special goalkeeping camp at the Sports Authority of India, Bengaluru.
The Camp will be conducted by Dennis van de Pol and overseen by chief coach Graham Reid. PR Sreejesh, Krishan B Pathak, Suraj Karkera, Jugraj Singh, Paras Malhotra, Jagdeep Dayal, Pawan, Prashant Kumar Chauhan, and Sahil Kumar Nayak have been called-up for this special camp which will be a regular feature in the National Coaching program going forward. “This is the first goalkeeping camp in 2019 and it will provide an opportunity for not only our keepers in the 33 core problems but also the upcoming young keepers as well.
This will provide an opportunity to get world class coaching and help provide them with the training tools to keep their development moving in a positive direction. The goalkeepers camp will be an important feature in the National program going forward,” stated Graham Reid. Reid further added that this goalkeeper’s camp will give him an opportunity to take a closer look at the available options for goalkeeping.
“This will certainly give me an opportunity to get a closer look at the pool of young goalkeepers we have coming through to the senior ranks in the near future,” Reid added. Dennis van de Pol who is with Drijver Goalie Academy in the Netherlands as well as the KNHB (Koninklijke Nederlandse Hockey Bond), trains the National Youth and also regularly trains foreign teams on the invitation. He was formerly associated with the Canadian women’s team and also had a goalkeeping stint in China.