After owning a football team in the I-League, Roundglass sports have launched their Hockey academy team.
They have roped in biggies such as Australian Hockey Legend Ric Charlesworth and Dronacharya Awardee Coach Harendra Singh with an aim to promote world-class standards the Grassroot level.
Charlesworth, who is the Director of Hockey at RG Punjab, represented Australian National Hockey team for 16 years between 1972 to 1988. He was the player of the tournament of 1986 World Cup winning team. Charlesworth was also a part of team which bagged a silver at the 1976 Olympics.
Post retirement, he was appointed coach of Australian women’s hockey team and guided them to Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2000. Charlesworth coached Australian Men’s team between 2009 to 2014, leading them to several triumphs including success at 2010 and 2014 Hockey World Cups.
69-year-old Australian has also worked with Indian hockey as the men’s and women’s teams’ technical advisor for four months in 2008.
Harendra Singh, the coach of RG Punjab, represented the Indian hockey team in 43 matches before retiring at the age of 26 citing “too much politics in hockey.”
Harendra has an experience of coaching Indian Men’s senior team (2018), Indian Men’s junior team (2014-16) and Indian Women’s senior team (2017-2018). His biggest achievement has been guiding the Indian Junior Men’s Hockey team to the Junior World Cup title in 2016.
He also has had various stints with the senior and junior men’s team in different coaching and managerial roles between 2000 to 2010.
“It’s an enriching experience for us to work with these highly talented girls. We are working in the right direction and are driven by an ideal process — we have a wholistic approach to wellbeing and focus on the overall development for every athlete.” Harendra Singh told Voice of Indian Sports.
RoundGlass Sports already operates a football team that currently takes part in the Hero I-League and is one of the top teams in the competition.
With mission to galvanize the ecosystem around competitive sports in India, they have established 10 grassroots development centres in Punjab where a total of 581 players are training with the top academy coaches.