Thursday Oct 08, 2020
The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) is in talks with an Australia-based physical fitness coach for the purpose of training junior and senior teams for next year’s international commitments.
“We are negotiating with Daniel Barry, who has already worked in Pakistan. Nothing has been finalised as yet but things are moving in the right direction,” a PHF official said.
Barry trained hockey players in Pakistan two years ago and if the federation succeeds in acquiring his services, it would be his second stint with the side.
The PHF official said the players lacked the physical fitness required to compete in international matches.
"That is why we have decided to hire a trainer. We have some good coaches in the country who are technically sound. What they need are physically fit players. As soon as a foreign trainer arrives, camps for both senior and junior sides will be underway. This will also enable PHF to have back-up pool readily available," the official said.
The PHF also plans to send local trainers to take part in the international training courses in the coming months.
Meanwhile, the physical training of Pakistan juniors in Abbottabad concluded on Wednesday. The goalkeepers training camp in Lahore will end on Thursday (today).
The PHF sources said that after a few days rest these players would participate in the national championship, representing their departments and regions. The national championship is to be held in October and November.