In the second year of this partnership, this year we invited to Litoměřice three coaches (from Bulgaria, Serbia and Turkey) and eight children (from Bulgaria, Serbia, Turkey and Bosnia and Herzegovina). Sparta has so far been involved in this project to the fullest extent possible in Club Level A. That includes inviting a minimum of six players and one coach for seven days. Ground transportation, accommodation, food and beverage costs are covered by the host club, which is a member of the Alliance of European Hockey Clubs (EHCA).
"Our goal was to improve our hockey and coaching skills during the Summer Hockey School. We look forward to passing on our newly acquired knowledge and experience to our officials in the Balkans. We very much appreciate the fact that we are here thanks to IIHF and Sparta, headed by Peter Bříza," says hockey coach Martin Boyadjiev from Bulgaria.
“Sparta Prague is inviting kids from the Balkan region to the Summer Hockey School to support the development of ice hockey. Based on such successful initiatives, the IIHF wants to promote such exchanges or development initiatives at the club, league and national association levels. We also want young players to experience the environment of a big club and open up new dimensions," explains Bříza, who is the Owner and Chairman of the Board of HC Sparta Prague, as well as an IIHF Council Member and Chairman of the Youth & Junior Development Committee.
The twelfth annual Summer hockey school was attended by over a hundred children and interest from abroad has traditionally been high. In addition to the children and invited coaches under the Partnership for Progress Program, seventeen other foreign participants also came to Litoměřice from Hungary, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Austria and Latvia.