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Telecom 2GO Black Sticks Coach Young Players

The Telecom 2GO Black Sticks will be in Palmerston North tomorrow and Nelson next Thursday providing school and club hockey players and their coaches with one-on-one training.

The training clinics will be available to male and female players in the lower North and upper South Islands.

“It’s a great opportunity for young players outside the main cities to get coaching from a national hockey representative and for the Black Sticks to help develop players coming up through the ranks,” says Scott Sargentina from Telecom Mobile.

Black Sticks coach Jan Borren will work with regional school and club coaches to share strategies such as getting the best out of players and building a successful team.

The Black Sticks will be at the Hockey Manawatu Turf tomorrow, Thursday 20 June, and at the hockey turf at the Saxton Sports Field in Nelson on June 27.

“These coaching clinics should be great fun for players and coaches alike and as a memento of the day, there will be some signed posters and T-Shirt giveaways,” says Mr Sargentina.

Recently retired Black Sticks member Mandy Smith will be part of the coaching effort.

Each day begins with a coaching session for secondary schools with each student player matched for some one-on-one time with the Black Sticks player in their position. Club players will have training sessions in the afternoon.

New Zealand Hockey Federation Chief Executive Ramesh Patel said the coaching clinics were a brilliant opportunity to help develop the sport.

“Telecom Mobile initiated the idea of holding the coaching clinics and developed the programme with us. Telecom Mobile’s efforts mean we can ensure the skills of our international-level players are shared with our developing teams. We expect that these coaching days will involve a large number of up and coming hockey players who could be potential New Zealand internationals.

“NZ Hockey appreciates Telecom Mobile’s interest in helping us develop the sport in New Zealand,” Mr Patel says.

The Telecom 2GO Black Sticks are training together in Wellington for seven weeks in preparation for July’s Commonwealth Games. The squad of 16 will train morning and night, 20 –30 hours a week recreating the training environment used in the build up to the 2000 Sydney Games.

What: Telecom 2GO Black Sticks coaching clinic for schools and clubs
Where: Manawatu Hockey Stadium in Palmerston North
When: 20 June 2002 from noon to 5pm
Contact: Gita Parsot, Telecom Mobile on 027-201-1971 or 04-802-9664

What: Telecom 2GO Black Sticks coaching clinic for schools and clubs
Where: Saxton Sports Field in Nelson
When: 27 June 2002 from noon to 5pm
Contact: Gita Parsot, Telecom Mobile on 027-201-1971 or 04-802-9664

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