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Hockey Heritage Goa
2014-10-16 14:38:00 UTC
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*PRESS RELEASE*


* Goans have always shown a natural flair for the game of hockey and have
always played thrilling and delightful hockey. In undivided India, the
Karachi Goans and Bombay Goans gave India their finest and most outstanding
hockey players. Goans settled in Bombay, and Central India formed the cream
of the Indian hockey team before Goa?s liberation. Post liberation, when
Goans found little opportunities for growth of hockey within the state, the
international hockey horizon saw a number of gifted hockey players of Goan
origin representing countries like the USA, Canada, England, Kenya,
Tanzania, besides India. *


*In an attempt to hone the inherent talent in Goa at the rural and
grassroot level, a 3 week long hockey training camp is being organised by
?Hockey Village India Academy? in association with Miracles High School,
Sanguem in the school premises from Oct 19, 2014. 4 German coaches along
with 14 girls and boys from Hockey Village India Academy will contribute
their expertise to the camp. *


*The idea behind the camp is to revive the sport among the youngsters, and
give talented girls and boys opportunities to test their skills in more
competitive and challenging environments. *

*In 2010, a former German hockey player Andrea Thumshirn started the
academy in Garh Himmat Singh, District Dausa in Rajasthan with the support
of her German hockey friends and local ruling families. With the support of
the local population, Andrea not only finalised a ground but also arranged
for hockey sticks, T-shirts and other. Since there were too many children
to coach, training sessions for girls and boys were fixed for alternate
days. Thereafter, she managed to spread awareness of hockey in the
surrounding areas and started giving training to 50 girls and boys who
later on participated in various U-14 and U-16 domestic tournaments. *


*With the intention to combine sports and education, Hockey Village India
opened their own school in 2013 to provide proper education and sporting
facilities to the identified budding players. Hockey India has added Hockey
Village India Academy as an Associate Member, with an aim to reach out to
those underprivileged children who are keen to make a career in sports an
provide a platform to showcase their talent.*


*Miracles High School Sanguem, run by the Society of Pilar, largely caters
to the educational and recreational needs of children in Goa?s rural belt.
Miracles High School was in the news recently for an entirely different
venture. A month-long effort to induce children to develop an interest in
agriculture under the guidance of Fr Pio Furtado, Headmaster of Miracles
High School, met with resounding success, with the produce being sold to
the Goa Horticulture Development Corporation. *


*With the dedication and support of the authorities, the hockey initiative
is moving in a similar direction. The girls and boys at Miracles High
School come from the rural belt, and have been active at hockey in Goa?s
school circuit. The aim of the camp is to promote the sport among the
children, and make the hockey accessible and fun for the children.*


*The programme starts at 9 am on 19th October 2014 at Miracles High School,
Sanguem. 7 a side exhibition matches involving Goan girls and boys and the
visiting girls and boys from Hockey Village India, Rajasthan will be
held. For any queries, kindly contact Peter on 08390696135 or on
peterfern8 at gmail.com <peterfern8 at gmail.com>*
Mervyn Lobo
2014-10-17 15:23:39 UTC
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Peter,Congrats and good luck with your program.
I would like to add that I know a Goan who played hockey for Finland. Another was the captain and later coach of the Mexican team.
Mervyn
From: Hockey Heritage Goa?
* Goans have always shown a natural flair for the game of hockey and have
always played thrilling and delightful hockey. In undivided India, the
Karachi Goans and Bombay Goans gave India their finest and most outstanding
hockey players. Goans settled in Bombay, and Central India formed the cream
of the Indian hockey team before Goa?s liberation. Post liberation, when
Goans found little opportunities for growth of hockey within the state, the
international hockey horizon saw a number of gifted hockey players of Goan
origin representing countries like the USA, Canada, England, Kenya,
Tanzania, besides India. *

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