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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 -- The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) today announced the setting up of the Malaysian Hockey Confederation-National Hockey Development Programme Grassroots Centre at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil in early March.
Its president, Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal said the programme which is open to children under 12 years old, is one of the pilot projects of the National Hockey Development Programme (NHDP) and would conducted free of charge.
He also said former national player, Kevin Nunis was appointed as the head coach with Nabil Fikri Mohd Noor as the assistant coach for the centre.
“The programme is expected to commence in early March after getting the approval of the government.
“MHC made the decision on the programme after receiving many requests from parents here who want their children to learn hockey.
"MHC wants to give young players the opportunity to learn from the best coaches apart from being coached by a national coach and player,” he said.
Apart from the training centre in Bukit Jalil, MHC also planned to expand the programme to the Tun Razak Hockey Stadium in Jalan Duta.
Commenting on the selection of Kevin, Subahan said he has wide experience in the development of the sport and had worked closely with young players before this.
“Nabil was chosen after undergoing several processes of selection apart from being a committed player on and off the pitch who shows great enthusiasm in hockey,” he added.