Hockey fed­er­a­tion eye­ing Ar­gen­tine coach

The Star (Jamaica) - - Front Page - LIV­INGSTON SCOTT STAR Writer

Ja­maica Hockey Fed­er­a­tion Pres­i­dent Fabian Stewart says the fed­er­a­tion re­mains very hope­ful that they will be able to con­tract the ser­vices of a highly re­spected Ar­gen­tine coach.

Stewart re­vealed that the en­gage­ment with the South Amer­i­can, which is sup­ported by the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee Sol­i­dar­ity pro­gramme and the Ja­maica Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion (JOA), has gone a very far way.

Al­though the new coach would only work on an in­ter­mit­tent ba­sis, with his main fo­cus on the youth pro­grammes.

“He would not come per­ma­nently, he would come at var­i­ous time span.

PER­MA­NENT SO­LU­TION

“We are also in talks with (JOA Pres­i­dent Christo­pher) Sa­muda to have a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to coaching.

“We have got­ten some de­vel­op­ment work that we were em­bark­ing on, like get­ting lo­cal coaches cer­ti­fied and get them to work with the (na­tional) teams and have the Ar­gen­tinian work along­side them,” he said.

“So we are look­ing for bet­ter and more im­proved per­for­mance against some of the bet­ter teams in the re­gion, based on the de­vel­op­ment work and that (coach) be­ing in place.”

And though the coro­n­avirus pan­demic has stalled the dis­cus­sions, Stewart said the Ar­gen­tinian is still very in­ter­ested in tak­ing up their of­fer.

“The Ar­gen­tinian coach is still in­ter­ested. We have sub­mit­ted the pa­per­work and just await in­for­ma­tion, but noth­ing can’t go ahead right now; and it would be pre­ma­ture to give a time­line at this stage,” he said.

We have got­ten some de­vel­op­ment work that we were em­bark­ing on, like get­ting lo­cal coaches cer­ti­fied and get them to

work with the (na­tional) teams.

FILE

Ja­maica’s Nicholas Beach drib­bles by Panama’s An­gelo Boodie in the Cen­tral Amer­i­can and Caribbean Games qual­i­fier at the Mona hockey field on Novem­ber 5, 2017.

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