Electrifying boost for SMS Selangor hockey team
by Y.P. SIVAM
TENAGA Nasional have come foward to play a part in the SMS Selangor's hockey training programme. Besides sponsoring the attire for both the boys and girls teams, Tenaga Nasional will also be involved in the weekly coaching sessions.
Tenaga Nasional Government and Community Affairs head Ahmad Zaki Rasid said they wanted to play a role in the promotion and development of hockey at grassroots.
"Tenaga Nasional have been actively involved in hockey in national competitions. But we also wand to help schools as that is where the future lies".
SMSS requested for some assistance and we are pleased to help them. The have also been impressive in age-group competitions," said Ahmad Zaki after handling over their sponsorship to SMSS principal Hj Nor Paizin Ibrahim.
Former international Nor Saiful Zaini, who is also Tenaga Nasional's sport unit head, also conducted a coaching clinic for the players at the school.
SMSS are one of the most consistent teams in the Kuala Lumpur Schools Sports Council (MSSKL) hockey competitions. They are champions in the boys' Under 18 category in the Pudu Zone schools hockey championships and runners-up in the MSSKL championships.
SMSS emerged as the champions in the Federal Territories Open Championships this year. They also won the Central Zone Residential Schools Under-16 hockey competition.
SMSS have a dedicated coach in R. Sanderan, who also takes the initiative to arrange friendly matches with teams in the Klang Valley.
"Hockey is a year-round activity for us. Besides playing in the age group competitions for schools, we are also involved in the Kuala Lumpur Hockey Association (KLHA) league in Division Four," said Sanderan.
Sanderan said besides training at the school thice a week, the players also train at the Kuala Lumpur Hockey stadium once a week. Nor Saiful and his colleagues from Tenaga Nasional would be joining the training sessions at the KL Hockey Stadium.