Hong Kong Football Club hockey can boast some seriously good little hockey players in amongst the U8’s, U10’s U12’s and Youth squads this year. They have trained in the heat, in the pouring rain, and in great spirits! The volunteer coaches have been doing a wonderful job at keeping everyone focused and already we have seen improvements across all age groups.
Everyone is getting geared up and excited to participate in the HKFC Mini Hockey Festival, the first of the junior tournaments this season (scheduled for November 26th). We’ll also play host to a special guest, GB Olympian and Hockey Gold Medalist.
November sees the start of the junior umpiring programme, which we believe will add yet another valuable quality to the Junior Coaching programme. All Youth Academy players will be taken through the programme by our resident umpiring pro’s Alistair Clark and Lyle Williams.
Both the Junior Academy and Youth Academy squads are now in training also, and both groups are focusing on a range of new technical and tactical skills and strategies to better their hockey playing ability and knowledge of the game. The Youth League squads have also been established and both the Boys’ and Girls’ teams will be looking to defend their crowns this season.
Finally, congratulations to the HKFC boys who have just returned from representing the Hong Kong U18 team in Bangladesh at the U18 Asia Cup. Whilst winless in the tournament, our junior boys represented themselves and Hong Kong Football Club exceptionally well. To have seven of our juniors gaining international experience against the likes of future hockey stars from Pakistan, and at least four others who were unable to participate also within our junior ranks, we have a lot to be pleased about within this group.
From L to R: Justin Lau, Matthew Ma, Michael Shepherdson, Damien Tarala (debut), David Evans (debut, age 13), James Shepherdson (Captain), and Windfall Monthong.