Bengaluru: PR Sreejesh, the esteemed goalkeeper of the Indian hockey team, is confident that the special coaching camps conducted by Dutch expert Dennis van de Pol will have a significant impact on the team as they prepare for an upcoming tournament in Spain this month and the Asian Champions Trophy in Chennai on August 3.
The first of the two special camps for the Indian team goalkeepers is currently underway in Bengaluru, with the second camp scheduled to be held from September 7 to 14 ahead of the Asian Games in Hangzhou. Sreejesh, who played a vital role in India’s historic Olympic medal win at the Tokyo Olympics after more than four decades, believes that the expertise and guidance provided by Dennis van de Pol will be invaluable for the goalkeepers.
Sreejesh highlighted the benefits that the young goalkeepers in the team will gain from the drills and techniques taught by the Dutch expert. Learning from someone with extensive knowledge and experience in goalkeeping will undoubtedly enhance their skills and contribute to their development as players.
The coaching camps with Dennis van de Pol have been strategically organised to align with the team’s preparations for upcoming tournaments. The Indian team will be participating in a tournament in Spain this month, followed by the Asian Champions Trophy in Chennai, which is set to commence on August 3. The camps will help the goalkeepers fine-tune their techniques, improve their reflexes, and enhance their overall performance on the field.
PR Sreejesh’s exceptional performances in recent years have established him as one of the finest goalkeepers in international hockey. His leadership and resilience have been instrumental in India’s success, including their remarkable bronze medal finish at the Tokyo Olympics. As a senior member of the team, Sreejesh’s optimism regarding the impact of the special coaching camps reflects the team’s determination to further excel in upcoming competitions.
The Indian hockey team, under the guidance of head coach Graham Reid, has consistently shown improvement and achieved remarkable milestones. With the addition of specialised coaching camps conducted by Dennis van de Pol, the team is poised to enhance their skills and tactics, ultimately aiming to secure victories and make a mark in the upcoming tournaments.
Hockey fans can also look forward to the return of international hockey to Chennai after a 16-year hiatus. Chennai previously hosted the 2007 Men’s Hockey Asia Cup, where India emerged victorious by defeating South Korea 7-2. Speaking about Chennai hosting the Asian Champions Trophy, Sreejesh expressed confidence that the passionate and knowledgeable fans in Chennai will come out in large numbers to support the team. He emphasised that the team is eager to play in Chennai and is committed to delivering a strong performance for their devoted supporters.