For the third year in succession, International Hockey Federation (FIH) coach Shiv Jagday is in Guyana to run what has become the Bon ice-cream junior hockey camp for under-21 boys and girls from July 21 to 29.
Shiv has been conducting clinics and coaching teams for the past 40 years after learning hockey in his native India before migrating to Canada as a teenager. Shiv first visited Guyana in 1988 to conduct a Pan American Hockey Federation coaching course and fell in love with the country. Now that he is semi-retired, Guyana is one of his chosen destinations to visit and conduct clinics. He also conducts clinics in the USA and Canada, but spends most of his time in Melbourne, Australia and Punjab, India.
Thirty boys and thirty girls, making up the current national under-21 squads are being exposed to Shiv’s clinic, which is being held twice per day at the Georgetown Cricket Club. The schedule includes both theory and practical sessions. In addition, local coaches who work with the junior programmes of each club, have been invited to participate and observe.
President of the Guyana Hockey Board, Philip Fernandes, once a student of Jagday during his early visits, indicated that the coach brings such a wealth of experience and sound technical knowledge that the young players of Guyana will benefit greatly from this exercise.
Fernandes thanked ANSA McAL, the distributor for Bon ice-cream, for their contribution and support in making the camp a reality.