Today we had a chance to train on a beautiful sport complex in the centre of Göteburg, with many sport pitches among which also the hockey pitch of Valhalla.
This day we started a bit different. Goran did the reverse stick clinic with the younger players, while Tomislav took a couple of older players (young leaders) for a coach the coaches session. The aim was to give them guidance into basic coaching of the youngsters, so they can help in youth development of their clubs. The both morning sessions we ended up with games with hockey magic balls, using international rules. This provided some spectacular moves, creative and fun play.
After the lunch break we continued with Hockey Magic. Players were also here invited to develop and preform their own tricks, which they did. So we as coaches also learned something. Modern defending skills was the topic for the next central session, as the players asked for it themselves. One could see they were motivated to learn these skills as well. The final exercise was the famous and dangerous Tunnel of Terror. The players kept the good focus though and everybody enjoyed this challenge. In the last game match players were eager to show what they learned these two days. There was a lot of positive energy in the air and even we were not that tired after long four days, because of the energy we got from the kids.
We really hope the we have inspired the players and the coaches to give a new impulse to the Swedish hockey. We want to thank Svenska Landhockeyförbundet for organizing the Caravan, the EHF for supporting and special thanks for all the parents taking care of the two of us here.
The Nordic Caravan doesn´t stop here though. Josh and Matt are taking over tomorrow in Lund. Have fun! Hejdå from us.
Goran and Tomislav