Stewart hopes to grow hockey

June 08, 2017
Campion College Shacane Smellie and Excelsior High Matthew Morrison (left) fight for the ball during an ISSA hockey match played at the Mona Hockey field on Friday, February 24,2017. Excelsior won 1-0.

President of the Jamaica Hockey Federation, Fabian Stewart, is hoping that a visit from Argentine coach Guillermo Fonseca will help to breathe new life into the ailing sport, which is struggling to even get publicity for its weekly local league matches.

"One of the major problems we have had is governance. It's a lot of rebuilding even at the board level and various committee levels, we just never had people doing enough," Stewart told STAR Sports yesterday.

Fonseca arrives in the island today and will conduct a two-day coaching course from tomorrow to June 10. He will also conduct a seminar with coaches in relation to the Hockey 5s format which is being used to help develop the youth sport.

Stewart told STAR Sports that Jamaica can take advantage of a bilateral agreement with Argentina which is the number one ranked team in the region, adding that the country has the chance to benefit from "everything related to hockey".

"They use a lot of sport science for their national teams. We can also benefit from player exchange by having our players going down to play in their leagues. Trinidad and Barbados currently do this and this is one of the things that help move their players," he said.

Stewart said it was all part of a rebuilding process for local hockey, which has faltered severely over the years.

"We are rebuilding the sport. We are going to youth development shortly. We are now investing in coaching development and that's why this guy is here," he said.

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