Learn­ing the Dutch way

Har­bour Grace host­ing pro­fes­sional soc­cer coach

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NICHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.”

The re­sume

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.

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