Bahrain Hockey, the official governing body for field hockey in the Kingdom of Bahrain recognized by the Bahrain Olympic Committee, was recently invited by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) to the FIH National Associations Development Management course in Ipoh, Malaysia.
The event was organized by the FIH Hockey Academy, which is responsible for providing educational resources in field hockey, on the sidelines of the 26th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, one of the world’s top elite invitational field hockey tournaments featuring India, Malaysia, Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand and Japan.
The course was attended by Bahrain Hockey Secretary General Jude D’Souza and was spread across 4 days with eminent key notes delivered by hockey professionals. The final day of the course saw each of the 13 countries including Bahrain presenting their plans to grow hockey as part of the 10 year Hockey Revolution strategy plan set out by FIH.
Jude D’Souza said ‘ We were very happy to be invited to the course which gave us an opportunity to place our efforts in comparison to the rest of the developing hockey world. The course also presented a chance for other countries to see the initiatives we undertake in Bahrain for hockey. We are very hopeful to see strong cooperation with the participating associations in the near future and would like to thank the Bahrain Olympic Committee for their full cooperation in supporting our vision to joining the AHF and FIH very soon. We would also like to thank our travel sponsor, Global Travels and Tours, for supporting Bahrain Hockey for this event.’
D’Souza successfully completed the course and was presented with an official certification from Tayyab Ikram, CEO Asian Hockey Federation / International Olympic Committee executive member and FIH Academy and Education Manager Andre Oliveira.