Tag Archives: England

Stéphane Vehrlé-Smith ‘Brazilian Ace’

Who is Stéphane? A happy 27 year old born Brazilian who grew up in Kent, England. Brought up by a loving French mother and English Father; keen on hockey and fitness. Always looking to take on new opportunities. Can you describe yourself as a player? Very attacking minded and love to create. How did you […]

José Mourinho – Dichotomies of a Genius

Since the summer holidays are about the end for the majority of us and the hockey season will soon start, I’ve decided to add an article from a good friend of mine that is not about hockey (for a change) but about leadership and management style from a coach that is loved by few and […]

Pinner making the wrong move?

With the breaking news of Beeston’s prized goalkeeper George Pinner leaving behind his long term team, debuting for them in his university years, England’s first choice has made a strange decision at what is a key time in the build-up to the Olympic calendar and in fact in his very own career. After making all […]

Cognitive Abilities

I wanted to write something focussing on coaching female sports because I thought it would be something that could help encourage non-playing team members to spend more time with women, an area of sport that is growing every day but still has so much more potential to discover. I thought this article would be something […]

Coaching dilemmas in new teams

This is my first piece for Self–pass.com, but for the past 18 months I have written my own hockey blog (bcuckowanalysisandcoaching).  My background is that I am English, studied Sports Coaching in Wales and have moved to the Netherlands to pursue a career in hockey.     Many coaches each season have to face one of the following two scenarios.  First being a new team: this is either a […]

Will the “sweeper” be the next evolutionary step for hockey goalkeepers?

With hockey one of the leading lights in sport in terms of continuous innovation and progression, it’s surprising that the goalkeeper playing as an extra defender doesn’t feature as much in hockey, a game similar in formation and triangular movements of the ball across the pitch. Playing a similar line of attack, the sweeper is […]

EHF High Level Coaching Seminar

During the Trifinance EuroHockey Championships in Antwerpen 5 weeks ago, the European Hockey Federation held a High Level Coaching Seminar, here is a summary that I wrote to the EHF website about the seminar: During the last TriFinance EuroHockey Championships in Boom (Antwerpen), Belgium I had the opportunity together with other coaches from the EHF […]

‘Slapping in every occasion?’ by Arseni Sañe

The experienced Catalonian coach Arseni Sañe (Terrassa, 1970)  share his vision about the misuse of passing techniques in the youth stages, particularly in Spain. Arseni has build a solid career as a player of the first team and coach of several youth teams in Atlètic Terrassa Hockey Club, current superstars like Santi Freixa or Roc […]