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Welcome to the European Hockey Federation podcast. In conversation with the biggest names in sport, generating insight and engagement around coaching, officiating and playing hockey.

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Welcome to the European Hockey Federation podcast. In conversation with the biggest names in sport, generating insight and engagement around coaching, officiating and playing hockey.

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

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The European Hockey Podcast

Latest release on Jan 20, 2021

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

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Rank #1: Mateusz Grochal: Inspiration and education.

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From the beginning of his adventure with hockey, a Wart Poznań club player. He combines his field hockey adventure with a coaching career. From 2014 he was the coach of the senior team of Warta Poznań and in 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 the Savona Hockey coach (Italy) during the Indoor season.

In youth groups, Mateusz Grochal worked in the Grunwald Poznań team (2013-2016) and from 2016 until today with AZS Politechnika Poznańska. In the national teams in 2009-2017, a video analyst at the PZHT central training groups, in 2013-2018 was a coach of the Polish national youth boys team U16. From 2018, he was a Polish national team coach during the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

The greatest successes with national teams include:

2014 - a silver medal at the EuroHockey Youth Championship U16 in Vienna;

2016 - a silver medal at the EuroHockey Indoor Women Championship in Minsk;

2017 - gold medal at the EuroHockey5s Youth U16 Championship in Wałcz;

2018 - 5th place at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

Successes with clubs:

2010/2011 - Italian Indoor Championship U21;

2010/2011 and 2018/2019 - Bronze Medal of the Polish Championships;

2017/2018 - Silver medal of the National Youth Olympics;

2018/2019 - Gold medal of the National Youth Olympics and the Polish Indoor Vice-Championship for U16;

In addition to professional and coaching activities in 2011-2017 - a member of the Development Committee at the European Hockey Federation, in 2014-2016 - coach and coordinator of youth staff at PZHT. From 2019 - PZHT development specialist.

Jan 20 2021

26mins

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Rank #2: Ugnė Chmeliauskaitė: Emerging international scene.

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In the field hockey pitch, the traveler climbs mountains invisible to others. Visiting as many different countries and cities of the world as possible is one of the Ugnė Chmeliauskaitė dreams for few last years. 2018, Ugnė visited 12 different countries of the world, and 2019 she has added nine more countries to her travel map and has planned four more routes.

However, a traveler cannot just walk with her head up and admire the city's architecture - often, sometimes, she visiting the countries because Ugnė is a member of the Lithuanian women's hockey team.

National women's team competitions, representation of the "Žuvėdra" club, work in the Central Project Management Agency, and many other additional activities. Ugnė admits that sometimes she would like to be in two places at the same time and keep up with everything.

Ugnė have to use their freedom of choice very thoughtfully. Still, for one thing, she is sure: "Lithuania has the most charming rains, the most beautiful sunsets, the sweetest people, the greenest nature and the most delicious food. When I travel, I really understand that no one can change the house you grew up in."

Jan 20 2021

23mins

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Rank #3: Tomislav Jamičić & Lisa Jacob: Technical Development for Coaches & Players

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Lisa Jacob is an ex-international Irish hockey player (2006-2014) who now plays her club hockey for Old Alex HC. She became the first Irish woman professionally contracted with a Dutch Hoofdklasse club, playing for SCHC in 2013. After almost a decade playing international hockey, Lisa was contracted with the Irish Women’s Rugby 7’s squad for 18 months.

Lisa is passionate about the potential of individuals and teams and works as a high-performance business and life coach. She is also a coach developer with Hockey Ireland. Last year Lisa established ‘Raise Her Game’, a female coach mentoring programme to advance female coaches in all sports in Ireland. She has been an assistant coach with Irish u16 and u18 girls teams and has been Head coach at Genesis HC, South East u16s, St. Andrews College and player-coach with Old Alex HC. Lisa has also worked for 3 years as a development coach at primary schools teaching hockey to beginners from 4-13 years of age.

She is now an assistant coach at Glenanne HC, becoming the first female to coach a men’s team in the top Irish hockey league.

On a personal level, Lisa is authentic, honest and people-centred. She understands the process of learning, change, and working towards goals. Lisa works to create an environment where each person and the team has the right measure of challenge, support, feedback and resources to fulfil their potential.

Tomislav Jamičić started his hockey career as player 1990. With HK Marathon (Croatia) men’s first team he two times won National outdoor championship (2002, 2004) and fifth times National indoor championship (2000 – 2004). From 2005 Tomislav played for Arnhemse HC (The Netherlands) men’s first team.

As a coach, he started different youth teams in Croatia. After that, he was a trainer at SportWays camps, Croatia and International Hockey camps. At the same time as he played in The Netherlands, he coached youth and senior teams.

Since 2005 Tomislav was growing as a coach and training different teams in different clubs every year: HGC, Croatian national men’s team, NMHC Nijmegen, Wageningse MHC, MHC Oosterbeek, RKHV Union.

Today Jamičić is Technical coordinator at MHC Oosterbeek, responsible for club development structure from beginners up to 1st senior teams, trainer’s education and trainers support on all levels. Also, he is the Head coach at district East Netherlands.

Tomislav is co-founder and coach at HockeyMagic, The Netherlands. Together with Dick Besters developing and executing hockey clinics for youth players. These clinics have an individual approach and offer a unique experience for developing hockey creativity.

Sep 02 2020

52mins

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Rank #4: Amber Luzar: Live Match Day analysis

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As we are in a strange time without any hockey matches, let’s try to learn some specific things about video analysis from Amber Luzar.

Since 2012 Amber Luzar worked with Reading Football Club as Academy and First Team performance analyst. She was starting to provide pre-match opposition analysis and post-match statistics. Film matches from U16 – 1st Team. Live to code for U16 – U18’s and providing feedback sessions to staff and players. She was involved in the club’s recruitment department, helping the scouting network.

After that, she provided live matchday coding and pre and post-match analysis of all 1st team performances. She produced detailed videos and statistical reports of the opposition and in-depth post-match reports of the match performance. She conducted pre- and post-match feedback sessions for both coaching staff and players.

Since 2014 Amber starts to work with England and Great Britain Hockey as a performance analyst.

Luzar had no hockey background and no intention of moving into the sport but, off the cuff, she landed the role and picked up the quirks of the job quickly. “It’s surprisingly similar to football, though hockey is an awful lot faster,” she says. “Hockey is massively impressive. The more you watch it, the more you realise how skillful it is. But I’m going to sit on the fence on this one!”

Sep 02 2020

39mins

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Rank #5: Janne Muller: Captain to coach relationship

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Janne Müller-Wieland is the Co-chair of the EHF Athletes Committee. The Athletes Committee serving a link between the EHF and our Athletes and making sure the Athletes have a voice in the EHF’s decision-making process. The Committee acting as a consultative body and making recommendations to the EHF Executive Board and Committees.


Janne is the captain of Germany and a world-class international player with over 220 caps for her country. She is a 3 x Olympian, having represented Germany at Beijing 2008, London 2012, and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where she captained her country to a bronze medal. In 2008 she was nominated for the FIH World Young Player of the Year Award, having been the youngest member of the German squad at the Beijing Olympics, and in 2011 she was awarded Hamburg’s Athlete of the Year.


Janne has numerous international honors, including 2019, 2011, 2009 European Championship – Silver, 2018 Indoor World Cup – Gold, 2016 Olympics – Bronze, 2015 European Championship – Bronze, 2013 European Championships – Gold.


Away from the field, Janne has a Masters in Administration from the HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration. She is an entrepreneur and has recently founded Unthink (A platform for curious people to do extraordinary things).


She had also used her business acumen and her leadership role in hockey to look to build a “hockey forest” as a measure to offset the carbon footprint that is created by the demands of the sport’s growing schedule.


On her Go Fund Me page created along with fellow German internationals Nike Lorenz and Anne Schröder along with Delf Ness, they have already raised over €20,000 for the project and are encouraging others to support.


Details of how to support the project:


https://www.gofundme.com/f/hockey-forest?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet

Aug 17 2020

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Rank #6: Santiago Freixa: Helm of the historic AH&BC

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Do you know who in 2015 received the Athletes in Excellence Award from The Foundation for Global Sports Development, in recognition of his community service efforts and work with youth?

Yes, his name Santiago “Santi” Freixa.…

Presented by Jack Rolfe from the Coaching Lab and powered by our partner Coach Logic, we are today announcing the third of our EHF Breakfast Club webinar series, with Santi Freixa, Head Coach of AH&BC.

Club career:

Freixa played in Spain for his local club Atètic Terrassa until 2006, when he joined Dutch club AH&BC in Amstelveen. In 2015 he announced his retirement from professional field hockey. He still played a few matches for Amsterdam’s first team the next season because of an injury crisis. He was the head coach of the first women’s team of SV Kampong from 2016 until 2019. In April 2019, he was signed as the head coach of the first men’s team of his former club Amsterdam from the 2019–20 season onwards.

International career.

Santi earned his first Spanish cap in 2000 against The Netherlands. In 2004, Freixa was named Talent of the Year by the International Hockey Federation. He won gold at the Champions Trophy in Lahore in 2004, winning the EuroHockey Championship in Leipzig in 2005 (gleefully recalling how Spain scored a late winner against Germany in the semi-finals “just like the Germans usually do!”) and played in the Olympic final in 2008.

And the most significant influence on his career? His father. Santi explained: “He showed me who I am and what I have to do. His advice was to pass the ball and enjoy the game. He kept it simple – it was never all about scoring goals.”

Goal scoring is a part of the game Santi is rather good at. Finding the net four times in the EuroHockey Championship in Barcelona in 2003 against the Netherlands in the semi-finals is one of his greatest memories. “It was the start of Spain getting back on track after a disappointing 9th place finish at the Sydney Olympics.“

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, he captained the Spanish team, retiring in 2014.

A testament to his glorious goal scoring ability he scored 126 goals for Spain in 193 appearances.

In 2013 Santiago “Santi” Freixa was inducted into the EHF Hall of Fame.

Aug 10 2020

49mins

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Rank #7: Sven van der Most: Covid-19 Back to hockey

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Following the success of our first EHF Webinar Series, which delivered quality content online discussions and deep-dive learning experiences into all things hockey, we are delighted that the free series is back!

Over the coming weeks the EHF has lined up top-class presenters to look at more interesting aspects of hockey; including Back to hockey under the new Covid19 restrictions, Youth Development, Combining elite hockey and business, using data safely and a host of other topics.

Our Education and Development Manager, Tom Pedersen Smith said “We were blown away with the goodwill out there from some really ‘top hitters’ in our sport to be a part of the first EHF Webinar series was just brilliant.

We believe that we have now put together a new series that will open up conversations around many aspects of the game which will have a wide appeal.

Just as hockey is restarting around Europe seems like the perfect time to deliver “The EHF Breakfast Club”

Thanks again to the expert team in Coach Logic and our facilitator Jack Rolfe of The Coaching Lab, this partnership has allowed us to deliver these quality Webinars for free to our end users.” 

We start with the brilliant Sven van der Most, Technical Director Oranje-Rood and EHF Educator and Mentor.

Aug 07 2020

46mins

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Rank #8: Kate Richardson-Walsh & Darren Chessman: Road from player to coach

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Darren Cheesman is an ex-England and Great Britain Hockey hockey International who is now a High-Performance Coach for England Hockey and the FIH, as well as a Coach Educator for FIH.

In addition to previously being a member of England and Great Britain Hockey Teams, he was also a member of the Great Britain U21 team that won Silver Medal at the 2007 Junior Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

The Midfielder / Forward plays club hockey at Southgate, after spells at Reading, East Grinstead, and Old Loughtonians. After playing in the 2005 Junior World Cup, Cheesman was signed by Oranje Zwart, a Hoof classy club in the Netherlands. He spent a year there playing with and against the best players in the world. During his first spell at East Grinstead, Cheesman was voted 'Premier League Player of the Year.' Cheesman played an instrumental role in East Grinstead's successes both domestically and in the Euro Hockey League.

Cheesman came into hockey through Arsenal FC's 'Sport in the Community' program. It is a program that sees the football club send coaches into local schools and communities to teach them various sports. Cheesman attended Arsenal's 'in the community' scheme and gained opportunities and life skills to help him reach his position today.

Kate Richardson-Walsh is an Olympic Gold and Bronze Medal winning English field hockey player. She was capped a record 375 times for her country and was the England and Great Britain Captain for 13 years.

Richardson-Walsh made both her England and Great Britain debuts in 1999 and has since gone on to play at the full range of international tournaments, including four Summer Olympics, four Hockey World Cups, and four Commonwealth Games. Between 2013 and 2016, she was elected to the British Olympic Association Athletes' Commission and European Olympic Athlete’s Commissions.

In 2003 aged 23 years old, Richardson-Walsh was made captain of the senior GB hockey team, a role she held for a further 13 years until her retirement in 2016.

Richardson-Walsh became the most capped female in Great Britain on 20 February 2016 during test matches in Australia when she overtook Karen Brown, who had 355 caps.

In 2016 Richardson-Walsh captained the women’s hockey team to their first gold medal at an Olympics. The team was undefeated throughout the tournament, beating the Netherlands in the final in a shoot-out. Kate was selected to be the Team GB flag bearer at the closing ceremony for the Rio Olympics.

Since 1999 Kate has played in 7 EuroHockey Championships, taking bronze in 2011, silver in 2013, and gold in front of a home crowd in London in 2015.

After 375 appearances for her country, 19 medals, 49 goals, and 13 years as GB and England Captain, she confirmed her retirement from international hockey after the Rio Olympic Games.

Kate is an athlete ambassador for sports website platform Pitchero and endorses Osaka hockey sticks. She currently serves as an ambassador for the Women’s Sport Trust and supports disability hockey as an ambassador for Access Sport. Kate is in the EHF Hall of Fame.

Aug 07 2020

49mins

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Rank #9: Maddie Hinch: Seeing the game my way

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An in depth conversation with global hockey star Maddie Hinch. Covering her learnings and her opinions on what and who has helped drive her success all the way to Olympic Gold.

Maddie Hinch made her senior debut in 2008 and was later awarded a full-time contract with GB Hockey in 2010. Since then she's established herself as the first-choice goalkeeper and has gone on to represent England and Great Britain over 150 times.

Maddie won gold with Great Britain at the 2016 Rio Olympics, saving all four penalties in the final shoot-out against The Netherlands. Maddie is one of the best Goalkeepers in the world and is 3x FIH Goalkeeper of the Year.

After a brief spell out of the game in late 2018 to recharge her batteries, Maddie returned to hockey in 2019, helping GB qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, where history could well be made again...

Other highlights so far include a European silver medal in Belgium 2013, a Commonwealth Games silver medal in Glasgow 2014, and a gold medal in the 2015 European Championships in London.

In 2017, the shot-stopper appeared in the Hockey World League Final in Auckland, where England narrowly lost to South Korea in a third-place playoff. History repeated itself the following year when, at the 2018 Hockey World Cup, Maddie and her England teammates put in some stellar performances only to lose a third-place playoff on home soil to Australia.

After a brief spell out of the game in late 2018 to recharge her batteries, Maddie returned to hockey in 2019, helping GB qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, where history could well be made again...

Jun 18 2020

53mins

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Rank #10: Coen van Bunge & Bernardo Fernandes: Rule the Game

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What is like to umpire the Olympic Finals? How and why does the coach and umpire relationship matter. Join the conversation and engage with two of hockey's personalities as they talk through the rules, roles and responsibilities of coaches and officials.

Coen van Bunge from the Netherlands has umpired at the top level of world hockey across International competitions at the 2016 Olympics, 2015 and 2019 European Championships and 2014, 16, & 18 Championship Trophies and top club competitions including the EuroHockey League (EHL) and the Hoofdklasse (Dutch Premier League).

Bernardo Fernandes from Portugal has coached top level club hockey across Belgium, Netherlands and currently in Germany. Bernardo was recently appointed the Head Coach of the Portuguese National team and Bernardo also founded the company Self-Pass a social hit globally across all platforms.

Coen and Bernardo are both recognised FIH and EHF Educators supporting the most up and coming coaches and umpires across the world.

Throughout their careers in hockey both Coen and Bernardo are known for their wide reaching views on the development of the game. Both agree that officials and coaches can oversee a significant transformation via respecting and understanding the roles and responsibilities and pressure this brings both on and off the field of play.

Jun 18 2020

55mins

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