"We have to set the course for the future," says the fuchse coach, stresses andreas kurz, who is responsible for young talent at the ESC habfurt together with the third chairman helmut schmidt. "That's why, together with the management board, we have agreed to seek cooperation with ERV schweinfurt." first talks already took place. According to kurz, both clubs had "no differences whatsoever" in their goals." as many of the club's own young players as possible are to be integrated into the senior section of the first team. "We must offer the young players, whether from the ERV or the ESC, a sporting alternative", demands the 43-year-old. For themselves, both clubs, which aspire to junior field hockey at a good level and a solid foundation for the active area, could not lift this more.
Jump into the selection teams made
From the 2012/2013 season onwards, the two clubs therefore intend to work more closely together in the area of youth development. At the same time, they want to counteract the trend for talented players to move to bigger clubs because of the lack of sporting prospects, in order to be challenged and put to the test in higher divisions. That in the past on both sides a very good youth work was offered, was shown alone by the fact that there were many players of both the "mighty dogs" and the first team as well as the "hawks have made it into the selection squads of the bavarian ice hockey association and take part in supra-regional challenges there. "However, it is precisely these reductions in requirements that make the youngsters realize that it is no longer possible to progress to higher age groups when playing in the district league", andreas kurz makes it clear.
Lost for the club
Particularly ambitious players will then move to other clubs in higher leagues for sporting reasons and will no longer be available to their home clubs. This season, two of habfurt's own growths are playing successfully for the "young ice tigers" nurnberg in the school's bavarian league, and schweinfurt is the same way. There some the spatial change to more distant unions (among other things dresden, chemnitz or weibwasser) fell easier. So they have succeeded in making the leap into the school and youth national league. "These players are mostly lost to their home clubs" – kurz speaks from experience, as his son manuel left the ESC for nurnberg last year.
Now he wants to find the best solution for habfurt. He is concerned about "many more children and young people." because fewer and fewer people are playing a club sport, there are fewer and fewer players in both schweinfurt and habfurt to compete in higher junior leagues. "But it is precisely in these higher classes that we have to play, so that the leap into the senior area does not become too extreme", demands andreas kurz.
The expense for players and parents must be bearable
Why schweinfurt? "Which other club would come into question?, responds briefly with conviction. With the ERV the habfurt youngsters maintain already some years "very, very good relations." the rivalry that some fans like to cite may exist "in sporting terms, but not in our cooperation. We also have to look at where it fits best in terms of sport and the parents' interests." successful attempts had already been made, including several tournaments in the boys' area. Schweinfurt has already played several times with guest players from habfurt and vice versa. In short: "so it was possible to exist against boys teams of the highest performance classes and also win." schweinfurt came second in an international tournament in eppelheim, beaten only by a canadian team. Habfurt, on the other hand, defeated a team from finland with guest players from schweinfurt in halle, winning the "tims cup in berlin and was third at the international tournament in bad nauheim. "At the end of the day, we have to work together to challenge all the young players better and make them enjoy this fast and gentle sport even more," he says, is the conclusion of Andreas Kurz.