Learning the Dutch way
Harbour Grace hosting professional soccer coach
When the chance to host Dutch soccer coach Remco ten Hoopen came up, Don Coombs knew he had to do it.
“I thought what an opportunity for the kids,” said Coombs. “He’s an exceptional coach. We’ll do anything we can do for the kids. It’s a golden opportunity.”
A professional coach in the Netherlands, ten Hoopen will bring his 20-years of experience to Harbour Grace late next month for a two-day camp.
Hosted by the CBN Minor Soccer Association, the camp is scheduled for June 25-26 at the St. Francis soccer pitch.
Limited to 60 players and coaches, it is open to all male and female soccer players in the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region in the under16, under-14, under-12 and under-10 age groups.
“It’s going to help the game in the area,” said Coombs. “I’m looking forward to it. The fear is we’re going to have to turn down kids.”
For the past two years, ten Hoopen has travelled to St. John’s and given clinics to players with the Fieldians Athletic Association. A couple of months ago, Coombs received a phone call indicating the chance was there to host a camp outside the capital city this summer.
“From talking to (Fieldians) parents, he’s exceptional and I thought, ‘ We’re going to give it a go,’” said Coombs.
Coombs indicated the big thing was opening the camp to all programs in the area.
“If they can bring what they learn back (to their associations), that’s going to help the game,” he said. “We’re opening it up for everybody, because it’s just not for us.”
Coombs called ten Hoopen’s resume “second to none” and he’d probably be right.
The 37-year-old native of Lochem, Netherlands has been a soccer coach since 1996 when he worked summer camps with Winning Mood USA. He transitioned from there into the full-time trainer for the youth branch of the JVC Cuijk football club.
With the club, he also served as trainer/coach for the under-17 squad, as well as assistant coach with the pro version.
While playing in the highest division in Holland, ten Hoopen also served as coach with the pro youth academy for NEC Nijmegen.
Coaches learning too
Players from around the region are not the only ones who will be getting a boost from ten Hoopen’s clinic.
Coaches in the area will get a portion of his teaching time with eyes on rounding out the expertise of local soccer guys.
It’ll allow them to understand the concepts and techniques ten Hoopen will bring to the table, which can help coaches keep teaching those concepts long after he’s left.
“Everybody is going to learn,” said Coombs. “As a coach, you can never get enough knowledge.”
The camp will serve as a semi-seasonal kickoff for the CBN association. They’ve seen some strong interest already
“It’ll be a great start to the season,” said Coombs.
On top of the ten Hoopen camp, there is also a Canada soccer camp set for June 4 in Harbour Grace
Those interested in registering in either camp can contact either Don Coombs (589-5995) or Ann Coombs (596-1514).
Professional Dutch soccer coach Remco ten Hoopen will be conducting a camp in Harbour Grace next month.