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The ice arena was opened 20 April. The skating rink in his home town was the brainchild of hockey player Yevgeny Ketov, a trainee of the local hockey school, now a player for St Petersburg SKA. The modern ice rink will be used to train young hockey players of the local sports school; the rink will also be open to the general public. According to Maksim Reshetnikov, governor of Perm Krai, plans provide for a figure-skating section to be opened. He also highlighted the sporting traditions of the town and the krai, speaking at the opening ceremony of the ice arena. “Gubakha has very strong sporting traditions, a strong school, coaches, as well as a special attitude to sports,” said the governor. Igor Baradachev, deputy general director of the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko, said that the Timchenko Foundation facilitate the promotion of sports in small communities. “An ordinary Joe from your town dreamed of playing in an indoor skating rink as they do in cities. He became a champion. And today in his home town of Gubakha at No 3 Pereulok Mechty [Dream Lane] has been opened an indoor ice rink, where hundreds of kids will be able to train and make their dreams come true. The arena is unique in that it is the first ice facility in Prikamye [area along the river Kama] with an environment suitable not only for spectators but also for sledge hockey players,” said Igor Baradachov. The Russian hockey player Yevgeny Ketov said that the new ice arena will enable children to train all the year round, hone their sports skills and reach peak performance faster. Also, the ice arena will soon open a hockey section of the Game Sports Academy and a figure-skating section of Start SDYuShOR [Junior Olympic Reserve Sports School (JORSS)]. The sections will be able to train 60 and 45 people [respectively]. On its opening day, the ice arena hosted the final of the Perm Krai governor's Hockey Cup for 2008-2009 born kids. On the ice met the Perm team of Rubin [Ruby] and Gubakha DYuSSh [junior sports school (JSS)]. Both teams demonstrated aggressiveness and the will to win. With a score of 5-3, the match and Cup were won by the Perm players. The runner-up in the regional tournament was the team of Gubakha; third place went to Perm's Meteo.
Sport   Apr 23, 2019 13:48
Coaches of children's sledge hockey teams attended a US Disabled Hockey Festival, which took place in the US town of Wesley Chapel between 27 March and 7 April. The Timchenko Foundation sponsored the trip as part of a junior sledge hockey promotion project and a children's hockey coach upskilling programme in Russia. The team of Russian professionals included coaches of teams from Krasnoyarsk and Ufa, as well as professionals from the Children's Sledge Hockey League. They studied the American system of disabled hockey, which has several hockey disciplines – blind/visually impaired, deaf/hard of hearing, standing/amputee and sled hockey. Disabled hockey in the USA exists mostly as an amateur sport and brings together a large community of people who gain experience in teamwork, love hockey and play it despite their disabilities. “Such sharing of experience is very useful, opines Igor Baradachov, deputy general director of the Timchenko Foundation. – Sledge hockey, which we sponsor in Russia, is but a part of the large system of disabled hockey in the USA. In America, amputees play using prostheses to adapted hockey rules; blind ice hockey enthusiasts can use a puck that makes noise. Our coaches should also learn how their American colleagues motivate trainees and the basics of the Save sport [SafeSport] programme for the prevention of abuse of and cruelty to children.” Russian coaches also learned how volunteering is solicited, how relations are managed with the parents and families of players and how the training process is run: a large part of it is fitness training; the team trains on the ice once a week on the average. Based on the results of their fact-finding trip, the placees will prepare reports and will share their knowledge with their Russian colleagues and will continue their relationships with their US colleagues. Plans provide for USA Hockey experts to be invited to speak and teach masterclasses to Russian professionals, as well as for a children's sledge hockey teams to join the Disabled Hockey Festival in the USA in 2020. Coaches of Russia's children's sledge teams at Disabled Hockey Festival. . .
Sport   Apr 08, 2019 13:52
The Tough Girls Hockey third annual all-Russian ice hockey tournament for 2007-2009-born girl teams ended in St Petersburg. Traditionally, the Good Ice programme of the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko holds the competition in the run-up to International Women's Day. Between 3 and 7 March, the main trophy was contested by the following teams: - SKA-Avrora, St Petersburg Pantery [Panthers], - SKIF, Nizhny-Novgorod Oblast - Combined team of the Republic of Tatarstan - Combined team of Murmansk Oblast - Severyanka [North Woman], Cherepovets - Combined team of Irkutsk Oblast - Posomakha [Wolverine], Perm Krai As part of the tournament, the girl hockey players were offered an extensive developmental programme: character-building exercises for the teams and seminars for the parents in attendance were held under the guidance of sports psychologist Yulia Rodygina, Dr. Sci. Med. The purpose of such meetings is to identify issues in the relationships within the teams, as well as promote mutual understanding and team spirit among children and adults. The tournament participants were taken on guided tours of St Nicholas Cathedral of the Sea in the city of Kronshtadt, Peterhof, the Grand Maket Rossiya museum and a planetarium. The tournaments of the Good Ice programme give children not only sporting experience but also a wealth of impressions and knowledge. The girls also toured the Moscow Hockey Museum, and the Severyanka team visited Hockey City, a mixed-use complex, and took part in the chess tournament being held there with the involvement of grandmaster Kirill Alekseyenko. The sporting girls from Cherepovets were offered a masterclass by the American Hayley Williams, a professional hockey player, a forward on the team of the Gorny SC, Women's Ice Hockey League. On the ice, the girls were taught the techniques of skating and stick handling. The Tough Girls Hockey tournament was brought to a spectacular end with an awards ceremony. It was attended by dignitaries such as: Igor Baradachev, deputy general director of the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko, Valery Belenkov, mayor of MO [municipality] of Strelna Township, Irina Klimachova, head of the Local  Administration of MO Strelna Township, Yelena Khomko, general director [CEO], Academy for Ice Hockey Sport Studies, Hayley Williams, a player of the Gorny SC team, Daniel Bochner, player development coach, the headquarters of Russia's national team and SKA HC, Denis Yezhov, general director, SKA-Strelna hockey school, and Anton Bushmanov, head of physical education, the Nakhimov School. The young Nakhimov cadets performed hot dance routines for the audience, and the children presented each of the tournament entrants with souvenir gifts. Individual tournament awards were conferred on: - Best Goalkeeper: Yelizaveta Marach, SKA-Avrora - Best Defender: Daria Aristova, Severyanka - Best forward: Yelizaveta Dubei, Rosomakha - Best player of the tournament: Maria Polozkova, SKIF - Audience award: Alia Akhmetshina, combined team of the Republic of Tatarstan - Special prize from the organizing committee: Darina Sukhinina, combined team of Irkutsk Oblast Cups, medals, hockey gear certificates and other valuable prizes were presented by dignitaries to the Tough Girls Hockey tournament medallist teams: - 1st place: SKIF (Nizhny Novgorod Oblast) - 2nd place: Rosomakha (Perm Krai) - 3rd place: combined team of the Republic of Tatarstan. Third annual all-Russian ice hockey tournament for girl teams ended in St Petersburg. . .
Sport   Mar 11, 2019 13:27
Games of multi-board chess were played at the Hockey City sports complex 6 March. They were played against the trainees of two schools of the SKA Academy and players of the Severyanka [North Woman] team, Cherepovets, who competed in the Tough Girls Hockey tournament. More than 30 young hockey players played against international grandmaster Kirill Alekseyenko, holder of the 2018 Cup of Russia for Men and winner of the Russian team championship and European Club Cup as a member of the Medny Vsadnik [Bronze Horseman] team. Also involved in the event was Artyom Zhuk, hockey player of the SKA system. Victory in the game against grandmaster was pulled off by Artemy Kuzmin from the SKA Army[.]  Kirill Alekseyenko highlighted the strong performance by the player and four more participants. These were the SKA Army's Aleksandr Cheishvili and Artyom Sorokin, Severyanka's Aleksandra Loginova and SKA-Strelna's Tikhon Panteleyev. This is not the first meeting of the World of Chess and Good Ice projects, implemented by the Timchenko Foundation's Sports charitable programme. “Hockey is a game not only of strength but tactics; so in mentoring hockey players, we believe that chess is an important addition to the development of next-generation players,” said Igor Baradachov, deputy general director of the Timchenko Foundation. Attending the chess tournament as a guest was Andrey Tochitsky, general director of SKA HC, and the players were supported by their parents. Kirill Alekseyenko plays multi-board chess against SKA Academy trainees. . .
Sport   Mar 08, 2019 14:18