MAY 01] COVENTRY BLAZE NEWS
Programme Blazing Along
Blaze are hoping to see several city kids play for the senior side
after reporting huge success in their youth development scheme.
top-flight ice-hockey side already have nearly 130 youngsters on
their books despite launching the scheme at Coventry Skydome just
eight weeks ago.
youth development chairman Grant Charman is hoping that the club's
investment in the future will lead to local talent making it all the
way to the top of the English game.
is a thriving junior league system across the country and our aim
is to have teams playing in that by the start of the 2002 season.
response in Coventry has been phenomenal and other clubs we have
spoken to could not believe that we had so many young players on
the books already.
junior team is somewhat unique in the fact that it is so closely
affiliated with the senior side - often that is not the case.
Coventry however, the senior coach Paul Thompson actually takes
all the training sessions, and as Thommo is the assistant coach
for Great Britain they could not really be in better hands.
the idea would be that in five to ten years time we could see
several Coventry players strutting their stuff in the senior
are still happy to recruit more youngsters for the scheme and
Charman reveals that they cater for varying standards.
would say that twenty five per cent of kids who come to us are
beginners at skating in general, and probably another 25 per cent
can skate but have never played hockey.
is fine because our training sessions are split according to the
standard and age of the players and they are taught accordingly.
are held every Wednesday between 5pm and 8pm and the best thing
for anyone wanting more information would be to come down and take
do not charge a membership fee and the only cost is a weekly
charge for the skating itself."