Doha, Qatar: Qatar Hockey Federation (QHF), in collaboration with International Hockey Federation Academy (FIHA) and Asian Hockey Federation (AHF), organized a National Level 1 Coaching and Foundation Level Umpiring Course between the 23rd and the 26th of May 2018. 46 participants received certifications at the end of the course and joined the ranks of qualified Coaches and Umpires in the hockey family. Participants included professional coaches, multi-sports trainers, and school personal education teachers. The diverse pool of participants was to ensure the development of hockey at all levels in Qatar.

FIH High-Performance Senior Coach and FIH Academy Trainer, Tahir Zaman, and FIH Academy Educator, Maggid Abu-Talib, conducted the course which presented an introductory series of lectures for to the participants. Level 1 courses are introductory courses which educate young and promising future officials of the game on the current practices and techniques used in modern day hockey.

About the AHF Development and Education Program 2018

The Asian Hockey Federation aims to assist the technical staff with the AHF Development and Education Program 2018. The development activities in training coaches, umpires and technical officials are progressing faster than ever with more and more Asian federations taking productive participation in the courses.

The courses are designed to combine experienced people to present the methods to play, coach, officiate and manage the sport of hockey. The participants are exposed to the best strategies and protocols to manage teams and high-level tournaments. The courses are divided into 4 levels: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Umpiring and Coaching along with High Performance. To move through the ranks of coaching, umpiring and technical officials a participant must successfully complete each level.

The aim of the AHF Education and Development Program 2018 is to provide a simplified education structure and resources for AHF Members Nations. All nations will have the opportunity to access the program pathway at an appropriate level.

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