Jalandhar: Jalandhar is keeping a close watch on the Indian team's performance in Holland, especially because six players from this state are representing India at the 25th Champions Trophy. "The youngest of them is Jugraj Singh who is from this academy. Kamalpreet Singh is also from this academy, so is Gagandeep and B S Dhillon," said Jhilmil Man Singh, Coach, Surjeet Hockey Stadium. Jalandhar also has representation in the junior hockey team, which is presently in Poland playing a seven-nation tournament. This success is purely because of a conscious effort by authorities and various academies in and around Jalandhar like the Surjeet Hockey Stadium in Jalandhar, Punjab and Sind Bank Academy, Thapar Academy in Sansarpur and many more, which find young talent and nurture them. Every year about 60 new players are selected and trained. And these young players have the will to go all the way. "The chances are very high that players from here will make it to the national level. We want to play for our country, play the Olympics and that's why we are practicing hard," said Rajnot Singh, Under-14 National Player. Apart from physical fitness, these players are particularly trained for better penalty corner conversion. "We are concentrating on penalty corner conversion. In a week we practice about four to five times in the morning and evenings," said Gagandeep Singh, a hockey player. It's not only Jalandhar that's producing national level players. Players from Gurdaspur, Amritsar and Doaba and other nearby areas are also carving their own niche in Indian hockey.
Topics : Hockey