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“We should geenClub Med’

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Hockey wants to not become a victim of its own success

“We should geenClub Med’

The success of the past years, both the Red Lions and the Red Panthers, the hockey will be a serious boost. “But we mustn’t grow too quickly.’

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By the successes of the Red Lions (photo: Victor Wegnez) and the advance of the Red Panthers (photo: Anouk Raes) awarded the hockey in Belgium an explosive growth. belga

Hockey wants to not become a victim of its own success

“We should geenClub Med’

The success of the past years, both the Red Lions and the Red Panthers, the hockey will be a serious boost. “But we mustn’t grow too quickly.’

Hans Jacobs

BrusselDe first Belgian team that was crowned world champion crown in an olympic sport, the reigning olympic vicekampioen, reigning European vicekampioen, for several years in the top five of the world… The successes of the Red Lions have not gone unnoticed. And also the advance of the Red Panthers, as much European vicekampioen, the hockey in Belgium is a serious boost. Since 2005, an increasing number of hockey player each year by 6 to 7 percent. In 2005, they were at 16,000 members, this year, there are about 48.000.

That is what makes hockey still not a major player: King Football is incontournable, but also basketball can easily make the double and tennis, this year in Flanders alone more than 150,000 members. But few sports can say that they year after year to grow.

Hockey is growing so fast, that the accommodations may not follow. “We should not complain, there will be annually about five to ten new areas, or old to be renovated. But a lot of clubs have for several years now, new players, because there are always little areas, ” says back Marc Coudron, self-record international. “We want to continue to grow, but not too fast, in a healthy way. Because we are not allowed to Club Med, the sport hockey is not a holiday resort.’

National stadium

“Many clubs have for several years now, new players, because there are too few areas. Grow is good, but grow too quickly is not good, ” Marc Coudron
Chairman hockey federation

Marc Coudron

Chairman hockey federation

He means: it would be nice if there’s enough hockey pitches would be for all new players and speelstertjes who look up to the Lions and the Panthers. And also the number of coaches must be able to follow, because although the fun comes first, they must nevertheless all differing to be accompanied. “We have grown from 55 to 95 clubs,” says Coudron. “But all the players in those clubs have also in a serious manner will be coached by qualified hockeytrainers, with a portly frame…’

In that growth scenario simmer also plans for the construction of a national stadium. At this moment, Belgium is the only tophockeyland without a national stadium. In the ideal scenario to play the Lions and Panthers there in 2020. Capacity: 6,000 to 7,000 spectators, cost: 5 to 8 million euros, according to Coudron. “That should be possible, it’s talking about very different numbers than a national football stadium for the Red Devils.’

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